In the mid 90’s Jason obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a degree in Metallurgy from Penn State. His first job after college was at ARC Metals as a lab technician testing iron powder blends. After six months at ARC he was offered a Lab Supervisor position at a startup facility that Pyron (now North American Hoganas) was opening in St. Marys, PA. There he continued testing powder while learning additional supervisory duties. After three years he was recruited by Abbott Furnace Co. as a Process Engineer. There he helped design, fix, service and maintain continuous belt sintering furnaces that were located or being produced and shipped around the world. After 4 years in engineering at Abbot he accepted a sales position with the same company. He traveled the world helping companies design and purchase the proper thermo processing equipment for their specific needs. After Abbott he sold conventional press and sinter iron and stainless powder metal parts for Alpha Sintered Metals for a total of three years. At that time, he and his business partner bought Advantage Metal Powders where he engineered, blended and sold powder blends for a little over ten years. After the tenth year his business partner wanted to retire and Jason became sole owner/President.
VP of Finance
Becky Gabler has nearly 20 years of experience with business management and accounting. She is a Penn State graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In the beginning of her career, she worked for a large, automotive PM parts producer as an Accounting Clerk and then went on to be their Plant Controller. This gave her experience in job costing, forecasting, budgeting, and payroll. She then moved on to a Plant Accountant position with another PM parts producer where she handled the same functions but also was responsible for month end closing, fixed assets, depreciations, and AP/AR responsibilities. She now works part time at Advantage Metal Powders overseeing the accounting department while also spending time at home to raise their two daughters.
Brent Matheson is a 2011 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Following graduation, he worked for a large automotive parts supplier as a Manufacturing Engineer. Following that he took a position as a Product Engineer with a smaller, privately held powdered metal part producer. He worked in that role for approximately two years before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities over production, engineering, quality, and facilities maintenance. He then went back into the automotive world with GKN Sintered Metals as a Process Engineer before being recruited by Advantage Metal Powders to come on board as their Sales Manager. His previous experience makes him a great asset to AMP and their customers. Brent has knowledge from material selection, part design and processing, which includes pressing, sintering, heat treating, machining, and other post-secondary operations. Give Brent a call and let him help you with your next (or current) project.
Jeff (Chooch) Paropacic
Jeff (Chooch) Paropacic, is the Production Manager at Advantage Metal Powders. He oversees everything related to production and maintenance. This includes being responsible for processing all customer product in a timely manner and creating remill compositions for the 6 different grades of remill that conform to MPIF Std. 35 specifications. He’s been in this roll with Advantage for 7 years. Prior to Advantage he spent 22 years in the heat treat industry where he managed two different production facilities. His heat treat experience has proven to be invaluable in helping our customers on the backend of their process and made him an excellent asset to Advantage.
Nicholas Tomblin graduated at Penn State in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering with Applied Materials. During his time at Penn State, he worked on multiple powdered metal research projects, along with interning for a powdered metal part producer called MetalTech. During college he also maintained a managerial role in an unrelated field of business. His role at AMP is to ensure the quality of products along with assisting in the development of new products by leading the quality team. He is young and new to the industry, but very eager to learn. He is always willing to answer any questions regarding powdered metal in general or AMP.
Alex Garner is the Office Manager at Advantage Metal Powders. Before coming on to her role she graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College in 2011 with a degree in Travel/Tourism Administration & Marketing while also completing credits from Penn State DuBois for Business. She has been working for Advantage Metal Powders, Inc for the past 7 years. During those seven years she has completed numerous trainings and participated in Leadership Elk County (LEC). She handles a variety of duties including accounts payable/receivable. She is a key asset to AMP when it comes to working with customers to ensure things are billed correctly and on time.
Tracey (Eberl) Meyer
Tracey (Eberl) Meyer spent 7 years doing dispatch work for a local tucking company prior to joining us. She has been with Advantage for the last 10 years as our Shipping/Receiving Coordinator. She is in charge of order receipt and acknowledgement as well. She maintains our inventory levels for AMP and Royal Materials, along with ordering all of our additives to be sure we can always meet our customers needs. In this roll she works hand-in-hand with our Production Manager to ensure all of our product is processed on time. If you’re looking for an order she the person you want to ask!