Temper Corporation

Our Team

Meet the people who turn your creative projects into life.
Our Team

Family-owned Temper® Corporation has had quite the journey. The company began in 1969 with John Rode, mechanical engineering entrepreneur and company founder, who was responsible for many of Temper's proprietary product inventions. Expanding over time from the company's original red barn location to our facility in New York, our company now has the capacity to produce over 2 million parts each year for precision assemblies and equipment.

To keep up with this growth and support customers worldwide as an industry leader, we have built a team of specialized manufacturing professionals and engineers who share a desire for continual innovation and quality service. Meet the individuals who are responsible for bringing your projects to life.

Cynthia DeKuiper, Owner

Cynthia Dekuiper is the president and CEO of Temper Corporation. She took up ownership in 2018 when John Rode passed away. Now, Cynthia leads the talented Temper team with a focus on improving company culture by fostering communication between management and staff. It is her ongoing goal to grow the company's reach and service offerings. More recent capability additions include laser machining and local customers' machining work, with continued exploration into part customization to support new business.

In addition to her work at Temper, Cynthia has served as a nurse practitioner since 2000 and still cares for a limited number of patients. She also homeschools six children on the working farm where she lives in Michigan. However, Cynthia travels to Fonda, New York, once a month to stay in close contact with her team, supplementing that time with daily phone and virtual meetings. She holds a Master of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.

Manufacturing Team


Matthew Townes, Director of Manufacturing

Matthew joined Temper almost 13 years ago as a machinist, taking part in the running of the machine shop. More recently, he accepted the role of director for the manufacturing team and now handles daily operations, order planning, scheduling, and communications with the company's local partners. He has an Associate of Arts degree from SUNY Cobleskill.

Jason Matson, Floor Supervisor

Jason has been with our team for eight years, during which time Temper promoted him to floor supervisor at a time of surging demand. Currently, he oversees Temper's workflow, monitors productivity, and guides employees to streamline all operations. He also ensures the safe handling and usage of production floor equipment. Jason has an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in automotive technology from Hudson Valley Community College and an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer technology from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Production Team

Our dedicated production team works hard to ensure that all of our parts meet the highest possible standards.

Administration Team


Samantha Manko, Director of Administration

When Samantha joined Temper in 2017, she had a background of over 20 years spent working in operations, with office management, bookkeeping, and finance experience. Now, she currently oversees all administrative functions and purchasing to make sure everything at Temper runs smoothly. Samantha has an Associate of Arts and Science degree with a business administration focus from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Alice Stanavich, Administrative Assistant

With more than 30 years of experience in office management, Alice began working with Temper 14 years ago. Her skills extend to HR, marketing, and purchasing tasks for our team. Alice has an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer information systems from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Alexis Johnson, Office/Shipping Clerk

Alexis fields our customer calls and supports the rest of the Temper team with processing, smaller purchasing items, and more.

Engineering Team


Mike Fish, Director of Engineering and Quality

Mike has been with the company for more than 10 years, starting out as plant manager. As Director of Engineering and Quality, he oversees day-to-day quality assurance, manages engineers and quality technicians, manages the ISO system, and works with those seeking an application for Temper products. He also assists them with fitting the products into their assembly. His formal education consists of a BSME degree from Kettering University in Michigan. He has previous experience working with manufacturers such as Caterpillar and Magna as a manufacturing engineer.

Mason Handy, Design Engineer

Mason joined Temper as an engineering intern during his senior year of college, and he now manages projects from the concept and design stages through development and assists the engineering team with everything from small business work to troubleshooting. He earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Get to Know Us

With more than 50 years of experience as a trusted leader in the bearing adjustment technology field, Temper Corporation specializes in designing unique solutions for our valued clients in the manufacturing, automotive, transportation, and construction industries. We couple our cutting-edge equipment and testing capabilities with our dedicated, talented team members to ensure on-time deliveries, competitive prices, and superior customer service.

If you have an assembly or equipment problem that needs solving, contact us today for more information. We look forward to speaking with you!