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Alternative Design Metal Fabrication has assembled a team of highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing customers top quality products and unequaled customer service. The culture of the company stems from its commitment to exceed customer expectations. This dedication consistently runs throughout the entire Alternative Design team, from the entry-level personnel to top management.

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Grant Loyd has been a part of the Alternative Design team since its inception in 1987. In 2014, Grant purchased the company from his parents, Eddie and Georga Loyd, the original founders. After attending the University of Arkansas, Grant joined Alternative Design full time in 1998. Prior to starting full time, Grant worked several years on the production floor where he built the products and gained knowledge of how each product performs. Since that time, Grant has played key roles in the development of many departments during the company’s growth through the years. His corporate, product and industry knowledge as well as his ability to form strong bonds with employees, existing customers, new customers and our community, has been beneficial to all.
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Eddie graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Banking. Career paths directed him to the family owned Agribusiness. In 1987, Eddie founded Alternative Design Manufacturing & Supply with his family and then sold the business to Grant & Jessie Loyd in 2014. Eddie has more than 25 years experience in the design and fabrication of research animal housing systems. Eddie has held various leadership roles within the industry and community over the years including President of the Allied Trade Association (2003-2004), the Exhibitor Advisory Council of AALAS, Chairman of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce (2013) and Member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors (2014). Eddie has also been honored with numerous industry awards including 2005 Floyd Polling Award (Allied Trades Association’s Vendor of the Year), Allied Trade Association Life Award (2012) and a Service Recognition Award for his involvement with the Allied Trades Association’s “New Product Showcase” (2014).
Lance joined Alternative Design in 2017.  He has experience in product and manufacturing equipment design, including various engineered products.  
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Tamara (Tammy) is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. She moved to the NWA area to attend the University of Arkansas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management, she’s spent the last 5 years working in Administrative Sales Support and Account Management. Prior to joining the AD family in 2012, the previous 15 years were spent working in the restaurant /service industry before making a career transition into Sales. Continuing to focus on her Sales education, Tammy has completed several Customer Service training courses and holds certifications in Microsoft Office Suite and Applied Project Management. Tammy is a huge fan of Arkansas Razorback basketball, and has confessed to being addicted to watching television.

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Michelle resides in Grove, Oklahoma with her husband and 3 children. She brings with her 20+ years of customer service. Michelle and her husband are currently participating in a clinical drug trial for Alzheimers disease at Yale University School of Medicine in New Heaven, CT. She is proud to be a part of a company that provides products and equipment for research facilities. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, making jewelry and spending time with her family. 
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Robert earned his CPA in Texas after attending the University of Arkansas and graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He came to Alternative Design in 2008 with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. His background includes five years in public accounting, ten years in corporate accounting management, as well as financial planning, and consulting in the investment banking industry. Robert was also a member of the financial reporting team of a NASDAQ listed company.
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Cody joined the company in 2007 as the Installation Supervisor. He had the privilege of installing equipment for customers all over the United States and in several countries around the world. After six years building strong relationships with our customers as the Service Manager, Cody was promoted to Production Manager in April 2015. In his current role, he oversees all of the company’s manufacturing, safety programs and the request for quotation process. Cody resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and one child. His hobbies include designing and manufacturing custom motorcycles.
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Operations Manager
Elton joined Alternative Design in 1999. During his time with the company, he has gained experience in a variety of roles including welding, assembly, CNC programming, quality and production. Elton has 15 years of manufacturing experience and has obtained certifications in safety, lean manufacturing and as a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO). He moved to his current role as Operations Manager in April 2015. Originally from Texas, Elton currently resides in Oklahoma with his wife and four children. His hobbies include watching sports (especially the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys) and running.

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Cyrece is a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas and joined the team at Alternative Design in 2010. She brought with her over 15 years of manufacturing experience including nine years as a material and parts buyer. Cyrece works with suppliers on a daily basis to get the best quality material at the lowest possible prices on behalf of our customers. She enjoys farm living and raising cattle with her husband and three children.
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Terry joined Alternative Design in June 2010. He is responsible for the overall quality of all products supplied by the company, as well as quickly resolving any issues that may arise after the product is delivered. Terry manages Alternative Design’s Quality, Service, Purchasing, and Shipping departments, as part of our total quality initiative of ensuring a superior product and customer experience from the beginning to end of the project.  He is also trained in ISO 9001.  Terry’s background includes 25 years in manufacturing, primarily in the making of electro-mechanical products. His experience is in the production, quality assurance and customer service functions. In his five years with the company, Terry has implemented several programs within manufacturing and early quality inspections. These programs have significantly increased the caliber of products being shipped as well as reducing warranty claims.
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Patti joined the Alternative Design Family in June 2017. She is a lifelong resident of Siloam Springs, only spending a brief time living in Fayetteville. The experience she gained working for the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce for 14 years gave her some unique skills for a position helping the employees of our company with their needs. She also spent a little over a year as the Director of HR for the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas in Springdale, to help her with the ins and outs of HR work. She is responsible for tracking time, employee benefits, and safety concerns for the facility. Family and community are very important to Patti. She has a husband who works in the Siloam Springs School District and a daughter who is in college in the area. She’s part of the Adopt-a-School program at the middle school and Southside, a Rotarian, a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, on the Siloam Springs High School Scholarship Program Committee, and an adult advisor for the Siloam Springs Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas and is an avid Razorback Fan! WPS!
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Wanda joined Alternative Design in July 2007. She is responsible for shipping and receiving all freight at our warehouse in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.


Nancy brings 15 years of customer service and sales experience. She is passionate about the needs and goals of her customers and is excited to work with a great team at Alternative Design. Nancy has the duties of being a customer service representative and inside account manager. The warmth has brought Nancy and her family here, originally from Neenah, Wisconsin. She is a big Green Bay Packers fan, enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and volleyball.