Meet the Team

Kaye Stone-Gansz is President of LaGasse Machine & Fabrication, Inc. and has a long history of entrepreneurship. She grew up on a family-owned, 600-acre potato/onion/corn farm as well as a retail, sales, and service business in Upstate New York. Working on the farm, Kaye gained experience and interest in the fields of fabrication and engineering; this is where her passion for the fabrication trade began.  Working on the farm she was always helping to invent new ideas, fabricate new pieces and parts to make it happen and get the job done, “so much fun”!

Kaye brings to her position as President of LaGasse Machine & Fabrication, Inc. more than 30 years of experience in engineering, design, fabrication, machining & manufacturing. While at Xerox Corporation, Kaye was responsible for bringing several product lines to fruition from idea development to engineering, design & fabrication. Her innovation spans across many industries including manufacturing, fabrication, agriculture, industrial, office products, and more. During her career at Xerox, Kaye ran the welding / fabrication / machining area of manufacturing. She ran the day-to-day operations and was always on the shop floor ensuring quality parts / pieces were fabricated / machined properly. Retiring from Xerox in 2011, Kaye continued her love of manufacturing by purchasing a gravel pit & stone quarry in 2012, where fabrication continued to be part of her daily activities. Owning several pieces of heavy equipment & a large stone crusher, welding was a daily necessity.

At LaGasse, Kaye is involved directly with the overall business success as well as operations.  Daily she is in the field driving sales, job quoting & job estimating as well as running the shop floor. With a very keen business mind, Kaye develops and rolls out the business strategies and drives new business development for LaGasse Machine & Fabrication. She spent more than 25 years working at Xerox Corporation and this is where she honed her desire to start her own business in manufacturing, giving her a great opportunity to design, engineer and fabricating custom solutions for her own company.

In 2023, Kaye purchased GD Youngs in Sodus, New York to add to the fabrication / manufacturing portfolio, another fabrication shop, to add to the LaGasse group of companies. “Bringing on GD Youngs has expanded the employee base as well as added more capabilities to the products / services LaGasse Machine & Fabrication can offer to the customer. This purchase adds tremendous value to the LaGasse brand!

She has been featured in Money Magazine and Hard Hat News, and was honored as the 2013 New York State Female Entrepreneur of the Year. When not working Kaye enjoys traveling, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, and loves spending time with her family. She is married to Ross Gansz and together they have a daughter Jacquie, who keeps them extremely busy outside of work. Kaye sits on several non-profit and community boards of directors, including Lyons National Bank, the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency, and Rochester Regional Eastern Region Hospitals. 

Ross Gansz brings to his position as Vice President of LaGasse Machine & Fabrication, Inc. more than 30 years of experience in fabrication and industrial manufacturing. His innovative product designs serve diverse industries internationally, including aerospace, automotive, agriculture, industrial, and medical. His products all share the same similarities, however, of robust quality, cost effectiveness, and ease of customer use.

Among Ross’s innovations are the country’s most environmentally friendly manufacturing site for the health and beauty industry and the first carbon-neutral manufacturing facility in the United States.

Ross has managed financials for Fortune 500 companies, in addition to overseeing design and invention. He holds a master’s degree in supply-chain management and a bachelor’s degree in business and social science. Ross is also vice president and owner of Stone Goose Enterprises, Inc. which is the umbrella company for LaGasse, Stone Goose Farms and The Apple Farm Stand.

In addition to being a business owner and finance guru, Ross is also a working farmer. He owns a 250-acre fruit and vegetable farm that he actively runs, which has led to the creation of several innovations for the agricultural industry. He works closely with educational and agricultural institutions, providing best practices in machine development and automation, from apple processing to self-driving tractors.

Ross spends most of his time on the farm, Stonegoose Farms, and continues to see customer satisfaction as his driving force. Ross is dedicated to ensuring every customer is satisfied with their products, arriving on time and of the highest quality.

Timothy Cornwell is the Production Manager for LaGasse Machine & Fabrication. He has dedicated his career to the company, joining the team in 1994, after studying welding at BOCES. After learning from highly experienced senior fabricators, he was promoted to Head Fabricator and eventually Production Manager.

Tim works side by side with Kaye to keep projects flowing through the shop seamlessly.

Tim assists with sales and accompanies Kaye and Ross at trade shows across the country. When not at the shop, Tim enjoys snowmobiling, hiking, and fishing.

The LaGasse Team