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Graham to become Director of Special Projects, Jim Wirtz to succeed as President
REP Corporation (Bartlett, Illinois), the market leader in rubber molding machinery, today announces that Tim Graham, the company’s president since 2005 and a REP employee since 1979, will assume a new role, effective January 1st 2019. Graham will become the Director of Special Projects and current After Sales Director for North America, Jim Wirtz, a longtime industry veteran, will assume the role of president. Graham intends to remain with the company for the near term, before taking retirement in 2019.
Tim Graham has been a force in the North American rubber industry for many years. After attending Hope College and the University of Michigan, where he achieved his degree in engineering. Tim began his career in technical sales with REP in 1979, when REP Corporation was less than a decade old. REP Corporation is the North American subsidiary of REP International, based in Lyon, France, a world leader in rubber molding and related machinery.
Working with former presidents Jim Jennett and Ron Dagar, Tim Graham helped to steadily build the REP install base of machines in the North American market, which today totals over 3000. He comments, “I’ve seen REP develop an amazing line of machines, over the years, starting with the G3. I was with the company when we made a major breakout on G6 injection presses, the first in the industry with microprocessor closed loop control, a huge jump in technology for the rubber industry.” Tim also watched the development of the company’s pioneering of valve-gated cold runner molding, which made a huge impact on the material consumption of the machinery on the market.
Graham become VP at REP in 2005 and, shortly afterwards, assumed the role of president, the position he’s held until today. He notes, “I’ve been at REP through some great periods of growth and also through some intense downtimes, but we’ve had a terrific team of sales and service people here at the company, over the years. They’re responsible for helping the company achieve the position we hold in the market today, in combination with what I believe to be the most advanced rubber molding technology in the world.”
Along the way, Tim Graham has met some incredible people in the rubber business. “I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the people in this industry, which I think derives from their technical skills combined with the people skills that drive any successful business. Even as the industry has transitioned to a very high technical level and gone online for so much of the communications over the years, it’s still very people-centric and the relationships I’ve had with some of the stellar members of the rubber business have been extremely rewarding, on a personal level.”
Tim Graham has taken an active role in the industry, participating for many years in local rubber group functions and as a founding member of the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers. Tim’s legendary talents on the golf course are often the subject of discussion, he jokes, but he’s been proud to join his colleagues over the years in both business and social activities. He’s also attended every rubber trade show since 1979.
As only the third president of REP Corporation since its inception in 1970, Tim is very proud of the continuity of management and commitment to the industry at REP. “I’m certainly a very different person from my predecessors, but we all still talk and share stories about the industry and our company’s leading role in it.”
On the business side, Graham cites one project in particular as a shining star moment. “REP was challenged by a leading pharmaceutical product manufacturer to devise a highly automated work cell arrangement. We brought a variety of our engineering and machine building skills to the task at REP and fulfilled, even exceeded, our customer’s expectations. We all worked very hard to meet the challenge and were very pleased with the outcome, as was our customer. I think that, no matter how long you’re on the job, those moments are still very satisfying.”
He cites the many changes in the industry over the years. “Service has never been more important. From the early days of just-in-time in the auto industry until today, where the market has gone global and the high degree of automation means downtime must be minimized, we are now called upon more than ever to provide immediate assistance to our customers, whether it’s application engineering, commissioning and start-up validation, after-sales parts or machine service. Yes, we sell quality machines, but there’s so much more to the customer relationship today, especially as the older rubber guys leave and a whole new generation assumes the workload.”
Tim Graham gets philosophical, at times. “If I had to give advice to somebody in any business, it would be, don’t rest on your laurels. Always reach out for the next challenge and keep innovating the ways you build machines as well as the way you do business. A lot has changed over my years in the rubber industry, but that attitude has served REP well, since we began.” He notes that following college, he worked for his dad, also in the rubber industry, who’d given him some of that same advice.
Jim Wirtz, the new president at REP, muses, “We’re very glad Tim is sticking around for a time. His knowledge and especially his personal relationships with our customers are invaluable assets to REP. I look forward to working with him in the new role.”
Tim Graham is a Detroit native and grew up in Bloomfield Hills. Today, he resides in St. Charles, Illinois with wife Mary Anne.
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8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Attention: Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz
A leading supplier of braiding equipment, Wardwell, has announced the retirement of Steven J. Elderkin and the appointment of Scott A. Hunter. Both announcements were made by company President John Tomaz, at Wardwell’s headquarters in Central Falls, RI.
Elderkin’s retirement, effective December 2017, comes after 44.5 years at Wardwell and several positions. In the last 20 years, his roles included supervisor of assembly and customer service technician. Tomaz said, ”From the beginning, Steven has been a tremendous asset to our company. Every part of business that he’s been involved in, has been improved. We’ll certainly miss having him around.” Now, Elderkin is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying the warm Floridian weather.
Hunter is Wardwell’s new Sales Engineer. In this position, he will be responsible for equipment sales throughout North America. Mentioning this new addition Tomaz commented, “Scott is an experienced professional who brings the necessary skills and knowledge, having previously worked in the wire and cable industry. He will undoubtedly be an asset.” A three-year stint at Amaral Automation Associates is part of Hunter’s experience.
For more information, please contact:
Wardwell Braiding Co.
1211 High Street
Rhode Island, 02863
Phone: 401 724 8800 X 183
Fax: 401 723 2690
Elmhurst, IL –Adams Magnetic Products, Co., a leading supplier of permanent magnets, rare earth magnets, flexible magnets and magnetic assemblies has appointed Michael Devine as Senior Applications Engineer in its Elmhurst facility. Mr. Devine will provide direct engineering support to Adams’ customer base as well as sales and production support, primarily focusing on permanent and electromagnetic circuit design. He will also be responsible for evaluating current and potential magnet applications against industry benchmarks, to better meet the needs of Adams customers.
“Michael’s vast experience in magnetics and exposure to numerous applications in the industry will help to develop our customers’ designs in a very effective and efficient manner” explains Director of Technology, Tony Hull. “Michael’s passion to assist others with solutions will undoubtedly strengthen the company and benefit our customers.”
Before joining Adams, Devine served as Senior Applications Engineer at Dexter Magnetic Technologies, where he interacted with customers from aerospace, defense, petrochemical, medical, semiconductor, research universities and government facilities regarding magnetic design. He is an active and contributing member of several industry associations, has published over 20 technical papers and presented at numerous technical conferences in the magnetics industry.
Devine holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, IA, and a B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is a certified project management professional and is proficient in several magnetic modeling software programs.
“Adams has a great reputation in the industry,” says Devine. “I’m looking forward to expanding Adams’ role in the many markets it successfully serves.”
Established in 1950, Adams Magnetic Products Co. sets the standard for designing and manufacturing innovative magnetic products and assemblies. One of the oldest U.S. companies in the industry, its staff draws from a depth of engineering, fabricating, coating, testing, sourcing, handling, and distributing expertise managing inventory and delivery to coincide with customers’ production cycles and schedules. Adams has the capabilities to produce magnets of virtually any shape and size and is ITAR registered and ISO 9001:2008 Certified.
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Will direct North American sales and marketing efforts for tube & bar processing machine builder
Manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery Rattunde Corporation today announces the appointment of Jon Hisey as Director of Business Development for North American operations. The announcement was made at company headquarters in Caledonia, Michigan (Grand Rapids) by the company President, Rick Stadler.
Mr. Hisey comes to Rattunde, a builder of metal tube & bar processing machines for high-production component manufacturing in the automotive, off-highway, consumer durable and other markets, from one of the leading industrial saw blade manufacturers, where he was the National Sales Manager and General Manager. Hisey had occasion to work with Rattunde during that time and became familiar with the company. He replaces Alec Banish, the former Director of Business Development, who left the company recently to pursue another career outside the industry.
For Rattunde, according to Rick Stadler, “Jon brings us a wealth of knowledge and experience from the cold sawing industry, plus he already had a good working knowledge of our machines. We have some very aggressive plans to grow the business and expand our market presence in North America. I know Jon will be a real asset in that process.”
Hisey assumed the position on October 23, 2017. He will operate from the company headquarters in Michigan. Jon is 53 and attended Michigan State University.
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