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About Rhino

Rhino Manufacturing Group was founded in 2004 as a family business by Heather Mordhorst and Aimee Gaede, with inspiration from their father, Jim Dunbar.  Heather and Aimee combined their diverse backgrounds to start a company that would focus on the WHOLE needs of their customers in order to ensure ultimate success.  From the start, the Rhino group has been committed to their core values: quality, innovation, price competitiveness, quick product turnaround and lean manufacturing.

Jim and his wife, Nancy, led the development of the Rhino team on the ground in China to oversee their production facilities and quality control processes. Although it started off as a small group, it quickly grew into an exceptional organization to deliver a vast offering of manufacturing capabilities.

Rhino’s early products focused mostly on the Lawn & Garden industry.  All products were made specific to their customers’ requirements, filling a unique void in the market.  Rhino is still proud to offer this same custom care today.  This concept of custom production, combined with capabilities to manufacture using a wide variety of processes and materials, led the company down a path of expansion into other fields.  Over the years, strong additional offerings were developed in the Material Handling, Refuse and Construction industries.

Today, Rhino’s operations continue to expand to provide OEM’s with the products they need for growth and success.

Meet Our Team

Heather Mordhorst

Heather Mordhorst


Heather co-owns Rhino Manufacturing Group with Aimee Gaede and serves as President of the company.  She received her B.S. degree in Financial Management and International Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her M.S. degree in Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University. Heather has over 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner, and an additional 6 years of experience in Human Resources Management.

Maria Elias

Maria Elias

Office Assistant

As the Rhino Manufacturing Office Assistant, Maria fills many roles including shipment coordination, documentation preparation and marketing assistance.  Her background in planning and scheduling, customer service and graphic design make her a valuable asset to our team.

Aimee Gaede

Aimee Gaede

Vice President/Co-Owner

Aimee is Vice President and Co-Owner of Rhino Manufacturing Group. She completed her studies in Industrial Technology and Packaging at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Aimee has co-owned Rhino with Heather Mordhorst from its inception over 10 years ago, and has an extensive background in Manufacturing and Logistics.

Rhino China Team Leads

Jim Dunbar, Nancy Jihong Ni, Yuhong Ni, Ren Guangyau

Jim and Nancy developed and manage our team in China.  Together with Yuhong and Ren, they oversee our tooling and sample development, production processes and shipment coordination.  They are committed to the careful attention that each and every Rhino product requires.