Our Team

Howdy! Meet our crew of experienced professionals, adept at finding the right solution for your needs, no matter the application.

Our Goal

Approtec Ran-Le offers solutions to material handling needs. For over 40 years, we have been specializing in magnetics, vibratory feeders and metal detection applications, along with dedusting, size reduction, container loading and unloading, pneumatic conveying and environmental pollution control with cyclone and filtration systems. Approtec Ran-Le has over 100 years of in-house experience working with customers to provide engineered and technical solutions. We pride ourselves in working with you, in your plants to develop successful long term relationships.

Supported by U.S. based manufacturing, our principles provide systems, components and replacement parts, and state-of-the-art test facilities.

Providing Solutions

Our success is based on understanding our customers’ needs. That’s it. We make it our business to be involved from concept to completion and provide the best solutions available. With in-house engineering capabilities, we strive to make it easy for our customers to do business with Approtec Ran-Le.

Approtec Ran-Le Team


The Crew

Tony Kniffen

Tony Kniffen

Tony, a sales rep for Approtec Ran-Le since 2005 and co-owner of Approtec Ran-Le since May 2010, is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Tony began working in the material handling industry in design and manufacturing of pneumatic conveying equipment. He continued his interest in pneumatic conveying working in Sales for the largest pneumatic conveying company in the world. His background also includes mechanical conveying, separation, and much more. With a strong background in the polyolefin’s industry, the only thing Tony does better than providing solutions is the Traveling Cha Cha.

Based out of the Houston office, Tony has the expertise to solve your processing problems.

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Brian Vendenberg

Brian Vandenberg

Brian, a sales rep for Approtec Ran-Le since 2005 and co-owner of Approtec Ran-Le since May 2010, has over 20 years of material handling experience in plastic, chemical, food, cement, and many other industries. He worked for material handling manufacturers in component and project engineering after earning his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M. Brian became Regional Sales Manager for a material handling/extrusion manufacturer shortly after moving into Sales. There is nothing Brian enjoys more than hunting, jogging, and AutoCAD.

Providing excellent customer service and technical expertise, Brian continues to represent Approtec in Houston and surrounding areas.

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Jim Treske

Jim Treske

Jim has over 40 years of industry experience since earning his Marketing Degree from UW Wisconsin. He has held technical sales positions related to dry and liquid bulk handling and magnetic separation. Since joining Approtec Ran-Le in 1991, he has gained expertise in the carbon black, plastics, cement, food, gypsum, and pollution control industries. The only thing that Jim adores more than music is his beautiful wife Jane.

Based in our Dallas-Fort Worth office, Jim supports our Northern Texas and Oklahoma customers.

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Scott Treske

Scott Treske

Scott has been part of the Approtec Ran-Le Team since 2007 and has gathered significant experience in Bulk Solids Handling and Processing over a wide variety of applications and industries. He has schooling in both Mechanical Engineering and Marketing, ultimately graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington. No matter the application, Scott will give you dedicated customer service, accurate information and proven recommendations. A gentleman adventurer with 4 perfect kiddos, Scott always strives to give his best.

Covering the Eastern half of Oklahoma, Northeastern portion of Texas, Northwestern portion of Louisiana and all of Arkansas, Scott is eager to help you find a solution to your material handling needs.

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Josh Graves

Josh Graves

Josh joined the Approtec Ran-Le team in 2012. He’s since worked his way up from Inside Sales Manager to Outside Territory Manager for Louisiana. Based out of our Houston office, Josh provides excellent customer service and technical expertise to our clients in plastics, cement, food, gypsum, and pollution control industries. A weapons and coffee connoisseur, Josh enjoys providing material handling solutions and playing with machetes.

With a track record of delivering timely solutions, Josh combines wit and charm to ensure that our customers in Louisiana always receive exceptional customer service.

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Nick Yackanech

Nick Yackanech

Nick joined the Approtec Ran-Le team in 2013 to cover the south-west Texas territory. His office is centrally located in San Antonio, Texas. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Millersville University. While earning his degree, Nick worked in a fabrication shop where he was able to mix his education with hands on experience. He’s made that basic concept his guide throughout his career. His first professional position was as a Project Engineer designing lubrication systems for high speed turbines, pumps and rotating equipment. Subsequently, he became the National Sales Manager for the same firm, eventually working for a company that designs pneumatic convey and separation equipment, selling and commissioning systems all over the world. When he is not engineering solutions or spending time with his incredible family, Nick can be found killing it on the golf course.

Nick brings almost 20 years of experience in mechanical design, customer service, and practical experience to assist customers in south-west Texas.

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Rhett Hunt at Approtec

Rhett Hunt

Rhett joined Approtec Ran-Le team in 2015 and has since worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Inside sales, network administration, website development, digital marketing, account management, customer service, shipping & logistics coordination - he does it all and makes it look easy. While he is not working on the cure for cancer, he coordinates your paperwork and enters your order into our system. An avid reader, mathematician, and autodidact, Rhett loves spending all his time with his wife.

Located at our Houston office, Rhett is just a phone call away whenever you need any assistance or information.

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Adi Sinha at Approtec

Adi Sinha

Adi is the latest addition to the Approtec team and is helping sell American grate again. Working out of the Houston office, she coordinates just about everything that has to do with your order. Apart from developing and maintaining this website, she also handles various digital marketing aspects. While not hard at work, Adi likes to ponder the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

With decades of experience in being awesome, Adi provides administrative assistance, witticisms, and keen insight.

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