Prater Industries Appoints Pete Hinzy as Vice President and General Manager

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Prater Industries, a division of Industrial Magnetics, Inc. and a manufacturer airlocks, mills & separators, is pleased to welcome Pete Hinzy as the new Vice President and General Manager.

Prater Industries - A division of Industrial Magnetics, Inc.

Prater Industries - A division of Industrial Magnetics, Inc.

Pete brings a depth of experience in lean transformation, machining and fabrication operations as well as the drive and enthusiasm Prater needs in the Vice President and General Manager position for continued success. - Bud Shear, CEO of IMI

Prater Industries, a manufacturer of particle solutions including airlocks, mills and separators, is pleased to welcome Pete Hinzy as the new Vice President and General Manager. In this role, Hinzy will provide a corporate vision, an operational strategy and lean manufacturing leadership allowing Prater Industries to remain competitive in the global marketplace. He brings more than 20 years of hand-on management experience focused on continually improving operations.

“Pete brings a depth of experience in lean transformation, machining and fabrication operations as well as the drive and enthusiasm Prater needs in the Vice President and General Manager position for continued success”, said Bud Shear, CEO of parent company Industrial Magnetics, Inc.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a market leader with such a long history of manufacturing solutions,” said Hinzy. “I look forward to streamlining operations to provide the highest quality products to our customers while getting the most out of Prater’s operation”.

Most recently, Hinzy served as Director of Continuous Improvement for BWAY Corporation, an enterprise with global sales exceeding $1 billion, offering packaging solutions for large manufacturers, container distributors and small businesses. His responsibilities for BWAY included developing an Operational Excellence program based upon Lean Manufacturing fundamentals, Six Sigma and World Class Manufacturing practices throughout the organization’s 29 plants, as well as merging acquisitions into the BWAY system. His achievements include leading and participating in multiple lean transformations throughout the many plants he has managed.

Hinzy holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in the field of Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a member of AME and SME professional engineering organizations and has Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

About Prater Industries:
Prater is a global leader in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art equipment including Airlocks, Mills & Separators used for size reduction, separation, metering, and compacting in a vast range of applications including Food Processing, Chemical, Agriculture, Minerals and Pharmaceuticals. Prater is dedicated to innovation and customer service and celebrates 90 years in 2015.

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