Our team is an elite group with more than 40 years of experience in product commercialization and manufacturing. We are passionate about impacting the lives of people while building partnerships and great products along the way.
Christopher Wallbank, Chairman
Chris Wallbank has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of P.J. Wallbank Springs Inc. since 2014. Chris earned his MBA in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Michigan and his BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. Chris is a visionary leader who is constantly challenging the status quo. He aspires to dramatically impact the world through people and believes anything can be accomplished with the right mentality and team.
P.J. Wallbank Springs is the global leader in designing and manufacturing clutch return spring packs for automatic transmissions. The company exports about 50% of its products to global markets and is on its path to achieve its vision from impacting 10 million lives a year to impacting 100 million lives around the world by 2023. To achieve this the company is strongly focused on its employees, its customers, and its community.
Chris started in the organization on the manufacturing floor and eventually assumed responsibility for the organization’s sales. Under his leadership, the team was able to triple the annual sales and size of the organization. With this success, the company has been awarded the Inc. 5000 (America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies) Award for 3 consecutive years.
In 2019, Chris created an exclusive partnership with all area high schools to create brand new science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) labs that follow the nationally renowned Project Lead the Way curriculum. In addition to the STEAM labs, Chris provided a practice facility to 13+ FIRST robotics teams. The space provides students and mentors an area where they can design, build, and grow their knowledge of science and technology.
Kyle Jastren, CEO
Kyle also began his career on the production floor in a plastic injection molding facility working as an operator, a material handler, a shipping and receiving clerk and eventually a foreman. While attending college, he moved into a design release engineer role working with OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers to develop creative packaging solutions with injection molded, cast urethane and thermoformed solutions. This later led to an opportunity to travel the world for a global company crawling through the confined spaces of regenerative thermal oxidizers, launching a global ERP solution and finally management of installations, repairs and commissioning of these products.
After deciding to put his career on pause and serve his country in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman, Kyle returned to a career in project management while pursuing his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Steady progression through his career led him to an executive role overseeing 5 facilities with complex assembly, CNC machining and fabrication capabilities. Kyle’s experience here ranged from entertainment ride systems for theme parks to defense products for the United States Military on to producing autonomous vehicles for a wide range of clients. It is with this combined expertise that the idea for Edison was formed. We have since grown our team with experts in these markets in order to effectively serve our customer’s needs.
In 2020, Kyle Jastren joined PJ Wallbank Springs as the Chief Strategy Officer to partner with Chris Wallbank and identify opportunities to impact the world. It was with this approach, that Edison Manufacturing and Engineering was created.