Date: October 26, 2007
Hydraulics Operations Names Ritter And Schick Manufacturing Operations Directors
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that John Ritter has been named director – Manufacturing Operations for Hydraulics Operations’ Fluid Conveyance Division, effective immediately. Ritter succeeds Niven Hunter, who will be returning to the U.K. at the end of the month. Ritter reports directly to Scott Krueger, vice president and general manager – Hydraulics Operations, Americas, and functionally to Jeff Finch, general manager – Fluid Conveyance Division. He will be based in Galesburg, Michigan.
Jeff Schick has also been named to replace Ritter as director – Manufacturing Operations for Hydraulics Operations’ Controls Division, also effective immediately. Schick will be based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and report directly to Krueger and functionally to Astrid Mozes, general manager – Controls Division.
Ritter joined Eaton in 1997 as part of the Dana Clutch acquisition where he served as manager, Product Planning. Prior to that, he held various roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of engineering and sales. He has served as a plant manager and business unit manager, NAFTA, for the Light- and Medium-Duty Transmission Division in Eaton’s Truck Group prior to assuming his most recent position. Ritter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in Ohio.
Schick joined Eaton in 2004 as the plant manager in Spencer, Iowa. Prior to joining Eaton, he worked for John Deere in new product development and operations management roles. Most recently, Schick served as the integration manager for the Hydraulics Excel 07 Global Manufacturing and Logistics Strategy restructuring initiatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and earned his master’s degree in engineering at Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Iowa.
Niven Hunter’s next assignment will be announced in the near future. “As director of manufacturing operations for the Fluid Conveyance Division, Niven has made significant contributions to the success and growth of the business,” said William VanArsdale, president – Hydraulics Operations. “We have been fortunate to have him working in North America for the past seven years. With his expatriate assignment concluding, he will return to his native U.K. and we look forward to his leadership in his next role with Eaton.”
Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations is a business segment of Eaton’s Fluid Power Group. The business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and industrial applications. Mobile and industrial markets include agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, utility, material handling, earthmoving, truck and bus, machine tools, molding, primary metals, automotive, power generation, port machinery and entertainment. Eaton’s Hydraulics Operations provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Vickers™ and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit www.hydraulics.eaton.com.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 62,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.