The Forge Leadership

A Shared Vision

The Forge Leadership Team has evolved into a focused, proactive group of metal finishing professionals with shared vision. The Managers and Owners average 20+ years of industry experience and knowledge that has given Forge a distinct advantage in the marketplace.

Mark Shaw


With more than 16 years of experience, Mark has utilized his business expertise to unite the skills and capabilities of Forge Metal Finishing and ASCRIBE Laser into a single market-leading metal finishing company. Mark’s primary focus is to lead both organizations as a single entity that delivers high value, metal finishing and laser engraving services to product manufacturers that serve the photonics, medical, defense, and communications industries. He leverages his team’s experience, advanced processing systems and ability to communicate effectively to provide a more favorable experience to clients in the metalworking and precision manufacturing industries.

Matt Smitley

Director of Operations

Extensive experience, knowledge, and motivation make Matt an invaluable member of the Forge leadership. Matt’s understanding of metal finishing and the details of each process allow him to find an individual solution to each customer’s project challenge, while maintaining superior quality in the product. Matt’s drive and determination to answer every question that is brought to Forge is evident is his leadership, fueling the strong-minded culture of the organization.

Chris Nichols

Operations Manager

As one of the first employees of Forge Metal Finishing, formerly P3 Technologies, Chris has seen the company through the transition from start-up to trusted industry competitor. His 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations management allow him to leverage a 360 degree approach to overseeing Forge’s production system. Chris’s strong work ethic falls directly in line with the driven nature of Forge and the company’s dedication to problem solving. His appetite for hard work and a hands-on, involved approach help him develop working relationships while establishing him as a leader.

Using a “hands-on-approach” to better understand the daily requirements of their customers and production system, the Forge team routinely challenges each other to “raise the bar.” They work together to continue to build from the innovation and success that has positioned their reputation at the top of the industry. You are invited to challenge Forge with your next project requirements.