American Baler makes leadership changes

Dave Kowaleski, president and general manager of American Baler Company, is retiring in June.

Dave Kowaleski

Kowaleski spent 47 years at the company.

Following his retirement, the company is making changes to integrate three baler companies within the Recycling & Waste Equipment Division.

Nate Kuhl is named general manager, American Baler and site leader, Bellevue Ohio operations. Kuhl previously served as plant manager, American Baler and has been with the organization for 15 years.

Roger Griffin, president and general manager, International Baler Corporation (IBC) is named to an expanded leadership role as site leader, Baxley Georgia operations while continuing in his leadership role for IBC.

Jerry Lott is named site leader, Cordele Georgia operations. Lott previously served as plant manager, Harris Cordele and has been with the organization for four years.

Mary Johnson is named director, inside sales and order administration. Johnson previously served as general manager, Harris Baxley, Georgia operations, and has been with the organization for 30 years.

All of the roles will report directly to DJ VanDeusen, president, Harris and Recycling & Waste Equipment Division, and will support Mark Murphy, vice president Manufacturing and Supply Chain and Gordon Hill, vice president Commercial Operations.

“While it’s bittersweet to have Dave move on to a very well-deserved retirement, I am excited to have the team in place across our operating locations to ensure our customers benefit from the breadth of solutions that we have to offer and our ability to expand our capacity for reduced cycle times,” VanDeusen said.

The three companies comprising the Recycling & Waste Equipment Division have been in business for 289years combined, offer unmatched recycling and waste compaction solutions, operate four manufacturing locations and support the largest global installed base of balers for recyclables. The combined product offering of the division includes single-ram, horizontal, two-ram, ferrous and specialty balers, scrap metal and automobile shear/baler/loggers, heavy-duty shredders and high-volume waste and scrap compactors.

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