April 1, 2007
All Star Dairy Assn., Lexington, Ky. -Bruce Daily joins as senior buyer. Daily’s background includes many positions over a 20-year period with Publix Supermarkets in Florida and Georgia. At All-Star, he will initially be assigned the responsibility of handling all ingredient-buying programs.
U.S. Door & Building Products, Orlando-Two new project managers hired. Jason Figart has held regional management, business development, and account and project management positions for various employers, during his 10-year career. Jason Williams has an extensive background in commercial construction management. U.S. Door has plans to add more project managers to the overall team within the next year.
Wixon, Inc., St. Francis, Wis. -Leda Strand promoted to dir. of technology applications & industrial ingredients. In her new role, Strand will lead the Magnifique Technology applications research by solving customers’ specific food issues using Wixon’s technology. She also will continue to direct product development projects for a key customer. Strand has 17 years of professional experience.
ESE Inc., Marshfield, Wis. - Matthew Hofmeister and Todd Wolf have joined ESE’s engineering team as process controls engineers. Hofmeister brings seven years of experience in system automation, design, programming, and installation. Wolf has 14 years experience and a similar background. Both will work with food and dairy companies. ESE, Inc. provides production capacity and profit improvement system solutions utilizing Rockwell Automation controls and instrumentation.
Solvay North America, LLC, Houston-Michael Lacey named v.p. of finance and information technology. He succeeds Phil Uhrhan, who retired in February. Most recently Lacey served as president and CEO of Solvay Solexis, Inc. in Thorofare, N.J.
Johnson Truck Bodies, Rice Lake, Wis. -Former employee Al Miller returns after being away from the company for 15 months. Miller will work in a newly created position as national sales mgr. Additional recent new hires include: Donald Breault and Donna Cherry, buyers in the purchasing department; James Wallin, safety specialist; and Shanna Smith, human resource generalist.
Land O’Lakes, Inc., St. Paul, Minn. -Jerry Kaminski appointed vice president of Land O’Lakes, leading the company’s dairy foods foodservice division. Kaminski will be responsible for all foodservice marketing and sales, which includes new product development, dairy ingredients marketing, and sales to full-service restaurants and schools. Kaminski has more than 25 years of experience in the foodservice and retail businesses. He was most recently president and chief operating officer of Sparboe Companies, a privately held egg producer.