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Martin Engineering’s Swinderman retires


February 20, 2012
By Scott Jamieson

swinderman-webFeb 21. 2012, Neponset,
IL – Martin Engineering, a worldwide leader in bulk materials handing
technology, has announced the retirement of Chief Technical Director Todd
Swinderman as of December 31, 2011.  He will continue to support key
strategic initiatives with the company as an independent consultant.  

Swinderman
dedicated his career to advancing Martin Engineering, with more than 32 years
of service.  During his tenure, he was President of the company for 11
years and served 7 years as President and CEO. 
Swinderman developed a number of proprietary systems that have achieved
leading positions in Martin Engineering’s product offering, many of which have
become the industry standard for design and performance.  He currently holds more than 140 active
patents in 12 different countries.

 

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“Todd
is a well-recognized expert in bulk material handling, with over 50 years of
industry experience,” said Ed Peterson, Chairman of Martin Engineering.  “He has been instrumental in establishing and
strengthening our outstanding R&D team, which is among the best in the
industry, and he led our entry into the international marketplace.  We are deeply indebted to him for his
dedication and outstanding contribution to Martin Engineering.”

 

Building
on the foundation of innovation established by Swinderman and a comprehensive
strategic plan, Martin is positioned to sustain its role as a global team
working in an environment of continuous improvement that inspires customer
loyalty.

 

Swinderman
has also played a vital role in the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers
Association (CEMA) as President of that organization in 2009.  Previously he served CEMA in several other
positions, including chair of the Conveyor Components Section, chair of the
Strategic Planning Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President.  Swinderman also chaired the committees to
re-write CEMA Standard 550: Bulk Materials and to create CEMA Standard 575:
Impact Beds.  In addition, he was chair,
editor and “driving force” behind the Sixth Edition of the “CEMA Belt Book,” Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials.

 

Swinderman
was the principal author of Martin Engineering’s Foundations™ series of
non-commercial books, which discuss methods to improve belt conveyor efficiency
through total material control.  He has
published over 30 articles and technical papers on problems and solutions in
bulk material handling, including conveyor design, safety and methods of
fugitive material control.