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Geater Machining and Manufacturing Announces Senior Leadership Changes, CEO

Geater Machining and Manufacturing Co. (Geater) has announced several senior leadership changes, including the promotion of Joe Meier to CEO.

Meier, formerly Vice President of Operations replaces former CEO Jerry Bitterman who has retired.

"I want to thank Jerry for his 34 years of service, loyalty and dedication to Geater," said Scott Geater. "I am also pleased to promote Joe Meier to lead Geater through the next chapter of our growth strategy."

Geater supplies precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, assembly and finishing operations for aerospace, electronics and other high-tech companies. Meier joined Geater in 2005 as the machining manager and was promoted to plant manager in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed vice president of operations.

 "Joe is extremely knowledgeable in every facet of the company and is forward-thinking in his business and leadership approach," continued Geater. "Joe has been a member of our executive management team and has led operations for years-this will be a seamless transition for our customers. We are confident that Joe and his leadership team will well-position Geater for continued growth and success into the future."

Meier has been a member of Geater's advisory board for 12 years and has been serving as the Champion of the Operational Excellence track of Geater's Lean Enterprise System. He has been a member of the Center for Industrial Research and Services of Iowa State Extension's advisory committee and is on the Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board at the University of Northern Iowa.

"Geater has always been synonymous with quality and delivery and that will not change," Meier said. "Our employees and customers are everything," he said. "A dedicated focus to employee development, fostering teamwork and continuing to focus on technology will be keys to delivering quality for our customers and adding new industrial markets to our portfolio."

In addition to Meier's appointment, several leadership team promotions were announced.

New to the company's executive leadership team are Dan Heller, who moves from plant manager to Vice President of Operations; and Mark Vermillion, who goes from national sales and marketing manager to Vice President of Sales.

Tyler Sturtz retains the title of Chief Financial Officer. Other promotions include John Miller, Vice President of Engineering and Technology (formerly director of engineering and technology) and Amber Youngblut, Vice President of Human Resources (formerly human resources director).

For more information contact:

Geater Machining & Manufacturing, Co. 

901 12th St. NE 

Independence, IA 50644 


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