Automatic Feed Company Announces New Leadership Team

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Global provider of premiere coil handling and press feeding automation solutions to the automotive industry has announced a new management team to lead the company

Automatic Feed's New Management Team from left to right: Beck, Weaks, Stover, Gerken

Automatic Feed Company, a world-class designer and manufacturer of coil handling and press feeding automation solutions, has announced a series of promotions and appointments. Each of the newly appointed executives are highly qualified, previous employees of Automatic Feed.

Effective October 4, 2016, Automatic Feed’s new management team is comprised of:

  • Peter Beck -- Chief Executive Officer, formerly Chief Operating Officer
  • Nathan Weaks -- President, formerly Chief Financial Officer
  • Jeffry Stover -- Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, formerly Director of Project Management & Purchasing
  • Krista Gerken -- Chief Financial Officer, formerly Controller

A privately-held company originally established in 1949, Automatic Feed is owned by the Peter Beck family. The company has maintained its financial health by forging joint venture and technology partnerships to expand its capability into new markets. Its ongoing growth is due to solid OEM and Tier supplier relationships, extensive reinvestment, international business development and good labor relations. Across the industry, Automatic Feed is recognized for its financial stability and world-class technology and service, with global sales in China, Germany, Mexico, Japan and the United States.

Automatic Feed Company provides turnkey capability including design and build, as well as 24-hour service. For more information on its coil processing and press-room automation solutions, visit


Management Team Biographies

Peter Beck, Chief Executive Office
Beck, owner and CEO, started his career at Automatic Feed as a parts coordinator, working his way up to fabrication supervisor and service and repair manager until joining the executive management team in 1983. As chief executive officer, along with the president and vice president, he is responsible for guiding and supporting the company’s short- and long-term goals. He has received recognition as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and been integral to the company earning the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting, and Regional Growth Partnership Partner Award to name a few. For the past nine years, he has served as the chairman of the Northwest State Community College Foundation, where he studied electro-mechanical technology.

Nathan Weaks, President
Weaks joined Automatic Feed 31 years ago where he was appointed treasurer in 1987 and a director of the company in 2003. He has a BA in economics and religion from Adrian College, an MBA in market research from the University of Toledo and is a certified management accountant. He has presented at over 100 conferences on the topics of foreign trade financing, implementation of software systems and economic forecasts. Weaks has served as high school economics consultant for Junior Achievement, as Ohio’s School-to Work Region 2 Chairman and is currently finance chair of the Northwest State Community College Foundation and is on the AMT Financial Issues Committee in Washington DC.

Krista Gerken, Chief Financial Officer
Gerken joined Automatic Feed 19 years ago. She was hired as a staff accountant and was appointed controller in 2007. She is a certified public accountant with a BS in accounting from Hillsdale College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Gerken is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPA’s.

Jeffry Stover, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Stover joined Automatic Feed in 2009 as director of sales, after working with Automatic Feed’s affiliate High Precision Technology since 2001. He has worked in the manufacturing field since 1982, providing him extensive experience in fab shop management, sales and project management with extensive knowledge of machine tools. He has Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.

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