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Elastec › 2011 Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE


Don Johnson, Project Manager

Don is the manager of Elastec’s Aluminum Boat Division and the Team Leader for the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. He has over 30 years experience in the design and manufacturing of recreation vessels. Don has a BA Degree in Design from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. During the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, Don served as an on-shore facilitator representing Elastec for the In-Situ burn task force.


Donnie Wilson, CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Elastec, Donnie was born an entrepreneur. He started his first company at the age of 17 as a pipeline welder and fabricator in the oil and gas industry in the Illinois Basin. After developing several successful enterprises in the oil field service industry, in 1990, Donnie and Jeff Cantrell established Elastec, Inc. based on the ingenuity of designing and manufacturing an oil skimmer that was far superior in recovering oil to anything on the market. Today, through the design and manufacture of innovative pollution recovery products, strategic acquisitions, leadership acumen, and a razor sharp instinct for business, this career entrepreneur has guided Elastec into a global leader and manufacturer of pollution recovery systems with a core competency in oil spill recovery.



Jeff Cantrell, VP of Operations

Co-founder and VP of Operations for Elastec, Jeff has an Associate's Degree in Applied Science from Wabash Valley College and an extensive mechanical engineering background with a concentration in the oil and gas industry. He has experience managing and operating rotary and workover drilling rigs in the Illinois Basin. During the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, Jeff was instrumental in the deployment and field operations for the In-Situ burn task force. Over 400 burns were conducted in The Gulf and an estimated 219,000 to 309,000 barrels of oil were removed from the marine environment.


Brian Orr, Welding & Fabrication

Brian has over 15 years experience in welding and mechanical fabrication. He has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Southeastern Illinois College in welding technology and is an American Welding Society (AWS) certified welder. Brian served as an Elastec technician during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill on the In-Situ burn task force.


charlie Charles Storey, Research & Development

Charlie manages Elastec’s R&D department. With extensive mechanical engineering experience in the oil and gas industry, he also has background in the industrial cleaning of coal fired power plants and oil refineries.

jerome  Jerome Riley, Special Projects Manager

As supervisor for American Marine’s boom product line in Cocoa, Florida, Jerome was instrumental in the transfer and management of the manufacturing process from Cocoa, Florida to Elastec’s Fairfield, IL facility. He studied Business Administration at Brevard Community College in Florida. Jerome has been pivotal in managing the explosive growth of the containment and fire boom product line.



Stewart Ellis, VP of Sales and Marketing

Stewart has over 30 years experience in the international oil spill recovery industry, including affiliations with European oil spill equipment manufacturers. He is the Membership Secretary for ASTM International F20, (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). Stewart pioneered the new ASTM standard for determining skimmer capacity and has been involved in the development of multiple skimmer projects, oil spills, and testing.