About Us

American Custom Drying is a leading spray drying manufacturer, operating more than 60 years. Our dedication to your success drives us to produce the most economical and highest quality products to meet your specifications. With our team of industry experts, we promise to provide you the best service and help your business grow.

Our Start

Richard Shipley, a chemist with a strong interest in milk proteins, started American Casein Company

First Tower Sprayer

The company installed its first tower spray dryer, began manufacturing various caseinates.

Second Tower Sprayer

The second tower spray dryer was installed and 100,000 gallons of on-site silo storage was added. The expansion of manufacturing capabilities continued with the installation of additional blending and milling capabilities.

Further Upgrades

A new specialty dryer was installed and the second tower dryer was upgraded. Additional batching room

Wet-Batching & Additional Powder Processing

Wet-batching capabilities were expanded and second powder processing facility opened in NJ.

New Leadership & Advancements

Shipley’s grandson Adam Cabot became the CEO of the company. Major facility and equipment upgrades were done including new PLCs, improved wet-batching controls, new powder conveying equipment along with new walls, floors and roofs for the original drying room. The company became SQF certified further expanding its footprint into food grade processing.

Looking to the Future

The business pivoted toward specialty ingredient processing with the installation of a fourth dryer and third batch room. A dedicated R&D dryer was added. Expanded upon warehousing with additions to flagship building and by adding an additional warehouse.

Our Team


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Adam Cabot - CEO

Adam Cabot brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience to American Custom Drying. After working in Private Equity on investments in Manufacturing, Real Estate, Telecoms and Banking, Cabot joined ACD in 2011. As the CEO, he breathed new life into the business and started implementing his vision of redefining ACD from a commodity toller into a specialty ingredients toller providing process and engineering solutions. Through investments in a technical services department and new processing equipment, his vision has become a reality. When not working to grow ACD, Adam spends his time running, golfing and spending time with his wife and three children.

Bob Slade, Vice President

Bob Slade brings over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, capital project management, and operational leadership to American Custom Drying (ACD).  Since joining ACD in 2013, Bob has led engineering and production efforts at the New Jersey facility. Most recently, he has also applied his varied experience to strategic growth opportunities, including the expansion of ACD’s spray drying and powder processing capabilities.  Bob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in Finance.  Outside of work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, golfing, and relaxing at the Jersey shore.  

Leslie Grant-Smith, Business Development Manager

Leslie brings over 10 years of experience in the food industry and holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science. With a diverse background in food development and processing, Grant-Smith brings a unique perspective by having worked as the customer, supplier and as the auditor throughout her career. Being on the supplier side with American Custom Drying, Grant-Smith gives our customers a unique advantage and voice ensuring that their needs and expectations are always managed and met. A true family matriarch outside of work, you will find Leslie with her husband and two children playing, exploring and making memories.

Abdul Minhas, Senior Technical Manager

Minhas has been a member of the American Custom Drying team for over 25 years. As the senior technical manager Minhas secures new business opportunities works directly with customers on current projects. Internally Abdul provides solutions to technical challenges and ensures that products meet all customer’s specification. His myriad experience in manufacturing a variety of products compliments the team in fine-tuning production processes to ensure quality manufacturing. You can find Minhas volunteering his time doing community outreach, cooking and spending as much time with his two grandchildren.

Jeffrey Schnieder, Lead Quality Technician

With his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry, Jeff has a strong background in analytical chemistry and quality control of finished goods. Driven by science and data, Schnieder also brings a strong sense of team collaboration that ensure customers receive quality and timely results of all finished goods testing. Outside of the quality lab, Jeff enjoys brewing beer and indulging in classic horror films.

Wenona Davenport, Lead Quality Technician

Davenport brings a strong sense of laboratory quality control to her role at American Custom Drying given her experience performing microbiological assays. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, she’s spent much of her career in FDA Regulated sectors, which gives our customers a unique advantage. In her free time, Wenona enjoys sharing her love of international foods with her friends, as well as reading self-improvement books.

Rana Waqas, Production Manager

Rana has been with the ACD team for over 15 years joining in 2004. Bringing his extensive knowledge in the mechanical, chemical, and power industries, Rana has a deep understanding on how the processes at ACD work. As production manager, Rana over sees production runs and makes sure all customer specification and quality guidelines are being followed. On his off-time Rana enjoys cooking and photography.

Michael Curran, Quality Manager

With his Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Curran brings over 30 years of experience in food quality assurance and safety. His role at American Custom Drying is to oversee the quality processes and compliance with both customers and governmental bodies. This includes maintaining certifications like SQF Practitioner, Kosher/Halal, OSHA and others. He has vast experiences in directing programs related to quality control, HAACP and USDA guidelines. In his free time Curran is an avid read of Colonial Era American history, volunteering at local animal shelters and spending time with his grandchildren.

Joe DiGiacomo, Process Engineer

Joe joined the American Custom Drying team in 2019. With his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and background in process development, he is a conduit between our customers and operators to ensure we exceed customer’s expectations. In his free time Joe loves to sing and used to DJ, as music and entertainment have always been a huge part of his life.

Kathy Rittler - Controller