GatorBar Founder Erik Kiilunen

Erik J. Kiilunen

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kiilunen has been manufacturing products for 36 years, with 4 acquisitions, 6 startups and 2 exits to his credit.

Throughout his 36-year career Mr. Kiilunen has been involved in manufacturing process and product development at all levels. From shop floor functions to the executive suite. Time spent in production, maintenance, shipping domestic and international, and ISO quality systems to formulating products, lab testing the products, designing manufacturing systems, sales and business development inform his business decisions. He has been engaged in product testing and development for both organic and inorganic formulation driven products throughout his career.

Currently, as CEO, he leads, the Executive team at Neuvokas Corporation. Neuvokas Corporation, founded in 2013, developed a proprietary process to produce fiber reinforced polymer rebar at price parity with steel. Neuvokas is currently expanding rapidly is preparing to scale globally.

As an Executive in the tool and die industry he oversaw two acquisitions, a welding facility and a flux-cored wire manufacturer. He was instrumental in consolidating these operations and developing additional products and sales to improve the company’s market position.

Today, in addition to his duties as CEO of Neuvokas Corporation, he oversees 2 companies under his holding company Kiilunen Manufacturing Group.

Mr. Kiilunen Graduated Chassell High School 1986 and briefly attended Michigan Technological University enrolled in their Metallurgical Engineering program prior to entering the business world.

Mr. Kiilunen is married to Janine his wife of 25 years, has 10 children and enjoys reading and time with his family.