Dick Nielsen has a passion for customer service and has been very helpful in continuing to grow MEC. I truly appreciate his service to MEC and wish him well in his retirement.
Mayville, Wis. (PRWEB) January 25, 2015
Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. (MEC) today announced changes to its senior leadership team that will take place with the retirement of Richard Nielsen, executive vice president of MEC.
These changes are effective immediately:
Richard C. Nielsen, executive vice president, has elected to retire in June after 31 years of service with Center Manufacturing, Inc. and MEC.
Chad J. Mitts is promoted to executive vice president and will be responsible for the operations of MEC’s fabrications, performance structures, and tank business groups. He will also oversee the Greenwood, SC manufacturing facility.
Todd M. Butz is promoted to chief financial officer.
Craig E. King is promoted to vice president of operations, performance structures.
Frank I. Castanon is promoted to vice president of operations, tanks.
Mr. Nielsen joined Center Manufacturing in 1984 and held a number of senior management positions, including President and CEO of the company for 19 years prior to being acquired by MEC in December of 2012. His many achievements include acquisitions, operational expansions and improvements, and talent development. Mr. Nielsen also developed strong relationships with leading OEMs, resulting in tremendous sales growth for the firm.
“Dick Nielsen has a passion for customer service and has been very helpful in continuing to grow MEC,” said Robert D. Kamphuis, MEC chairman, president and CEO. “I truly appreciate his service to MEC and wish him well in his retirement,” he added.
Mr. Mitts has been selected to succeed Mr. Nielsen. He previously held the position of vice president of strategy, capital and continuous improvement. He has been instrumental in the development of MEC’s strategic plan that will continue to drive growth for the firm. He has more than 20 years of professional experience, including his previous position of general manager of Meritor’s North American brake and driveline business. Mr. Mitts holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Butz started with MEC in 2008 as the assistant controller and has been promoted several times while assuming increasing responsibility. In his new role as chief financial officer, Mr. Butz is responsible for all of the accounting, budgeting and treasury activities for the company. He has developed extensive experience at MEC and also draws from previous finance and financial management positions at Mercury Marine and public accounting firm Schenck SC. Mr. Butz is a certified public accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting degree from Marian University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma State University.
Mr. King joined the company in 1993 and has held several leadership positions, most recently as plant manager of the Byron Center, Mich. operation. In his new role, he will lead the operations team for the company’s performance structures business group. Mr. King holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Western Michigan University.
Mr. Castanon started with the company in 2009 and has held responsibility for the highly successful Wytheville, Va. operations. He has extensive operations management experience in the commercial vehicle segment. In his new role, Mr. Castanon is charged with leading the tremendous growth in the tank business, including the opening of MEC’s newest facility, which is located in Atkins, Va.
More information about MEC’s industry-leading manufacturing and supply chain solutions can be found by visiting http://www.mecinc.com.
About Mayville Engineering Company
Headquartered in Mayville, Wis., MEC has become a manufacturing company where employee shareholders are creating outstanding value and support every day for their customers and communities in which they live and work. MEC serves the agricultural, commercial vehicle, construction, forestry, on/off road power sports vehicles, energy, military, and industrial markets. MEC’s processes include complete metal fabrication, laser and plasma cutting, stamping, forming, machining, welding, tube bending and forming, painting, polishing, brazing, cleaning, assembly and kitting, prototyping, product testing and validation, fluid level indicators, stoppers, engine tubes, suction tubes, hydraulic tubes, discharge tubes, fill tubes, high temp coatings, metal encapsulated insulation, fuel tanks, air brake tanks, air intake and exhaust systems. The firm’s core competencies include collaborative product development, design for manufacturability, engineering and design review, project management and customer service. MEC operates 17 facilities with over 2,100,000 square feet of manufacturing in Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin. More information can be found at http://www.mecinc.com.