Meet Our Expert Team

The experts at Zwirner Equipment have decades of experience and industry knowledge. Whether you work in food processing, dairy, brewing, or pharmaceuticals, our team can deliver customized solutions that are tailored to meet your specific needs.

Meet The Team

Eric Zwirner-Founder and CEO

Eric Zwirner is the Founder and CEO of Zwirner Equipment Company. He brings over 36 years of industry experience to Zwirner Equipment Company. He got his start in 1984 at Heritage Equipment Company which was founded by his father, Chris Zwirner. Working his way up, Eric eventually purchased the company in 1996. Operating on a strong belief that customer service is the highest priority, he stayed abreast of industry trends and development, enabling Heritage to diversify and grow over the next 13 years. In fact, Heritage was named Small Business Exporter of the Year by Ohio’s Small Business Development Centers saying the company was known for “superior quality, prompt response and efficient technology” under Eric’s management. Eric eventually sold Heritage Equipment Company and relocated to Tennessee, where he founded Zwirner Equipment Company in 2013. In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, fishing, raising and training German Shepherds, college football (GO BUCKS!), and hockey!

Rick Rice-Sales Engineer

Rick Rice is a Sales Engineer at Zwirner Equipment Company and brings nearly four decades of experience in the stainless steel processing equipment industry. He started out 38 years ago as a service tech, performing sanitary stainless-steel piping installations and process equipment repairs. He has been affiliated with Eric Zwirner for approximately 26 years, working with Eric at both of his companies and truly enjoys coming to work every day to support customers. Rick and his wife enjoy a blessed and simple-relaxing life together on their country property in beautiful Tennessee. He also enjoys antique automobiles, the outdoors, antique hunting, traveling and spending time with his dogs.

Bob Sturlini-Sales Representative

Bob Sturlini is a Sales & Service Representative at Zwirner Equipment Company. He joined the Zwirner Equipment team in 2015 and brings over a decade of experience working in food, chemical and manufacturing plants. His experience includes building, modifying and repairing equipment. Additionally, Bob is a certified welder with over 70 hours of safety training and leads the company's Welder Certification Program. His hands-on experience gives him an in-depth understanding of equipment capabilities and ways to overcome challenges found in real life applications. Bob is responsible for coordinating solutions for the processing industry including quoting and selling equipment, planning and overseeing on-site welding/fabrication, and providing replacement parts to avoid lengthy shutdowns. After growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Bob moved to Nashville in 2015 where he enjoys kayaking and riding motorcycles around the scenic state of Tennessee.

Paige Zwirner Ayers-Sales Representative

Paige Zwirner Ayers has been in sales at Zwirner Equipment Company since 2013. Paige grew up in the industry following her dad Eric around who was her idol. She is a law enforcement wife, and mother to two beautiful little boys. Outside of work she enjoys time with my family, working on her mini farm, riding horses, and breeding Welsh Corgis.

Kim Jackson-Accounting Manager

Kim is the Accounting Manager, during her professional career, Kim has held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a Multi-State Environmental Remediation/Services Company, and various Controller/Human Resources positions in Manufacturing, Service and Publishing industries. She attended Volunteer State College, MTSU, and Cumberland University. Kim lives outside of Hartsville with her husband of 40 years, Steve, and has one adult daughter, Sarah. She has traveled internationally and enjoys antiquing and is involved with several Outdoor Conservation Groups.

Rodger Sherfield-Shop Manager

Rodger joined Zwirner Equipment Company in November of 2019 in the position of Shop Manager. Rodger has 32 years’ experience working in automotive manufacturing. Rodger is married to Kathy, and together they have 5 boys, for of whom are married with 4 children. Rodger and Kathy enjoy fishing, bicycling, walking, and traveling. They are also actively involved with their church.

Jimmy Barfield-General Manager

Jimmy is the General Manager, he joined Zwirner Equipment Company in January of 2018. He has experience in the automotive, construction, restaurant, and technology industries. He has over 30 years of management experience Jimmy is married to Lindsey and they enjoy hiking and traveling.

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