Seymour Midwest Announces Promotion of Bob Vitoux to President & CEO Role
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest, a family owned global supplier to the specialty hand tools market, is pleased to announce the promotion of Bob Vitoux to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Vitoux joined Seymour Midwest in 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer and will take over for Bill Henthorn who will move into a Board role after twenty years with the company and having been in the role Vitoux will assume.
During Vitoux’s first year, he led the Company’s Executive Leadership Team and personally engaged in activities focused on Teamwork and Communication to strengthen the organizational alignment across the Company’s five operating locations while also overseeing several significant customer facing initiatives. These initiatives included a complete visual rebranding of the Company’s brands and a significant market pricing undertaking, as well as two significant new product development initiatives: first, a new partnership for striking tools and second, licensing the IP for a ground breaking new product innovation that is positioned to expand the Company’s already high market share in the epoxy coatings market. “This first year has been a whirlwind of activity for everyone inside the business, but I’m thrilled with the foundation we’ve been able to build as a Team both internally and externally for 2018 and beyond – we’ve set the stage to continue to expand our business over the coming years through our relentless pursuit of customer focused initiatives” said Vitoux. “As an Executive Leadership Team we aspire to accomplish three things in all customer interactions: first, we seek to Delight the Customer, second to Outperform our Competition through both our products, but also through our service and third, prove that The Difference is Real by finding ways internally and externally to Change the Landscape in all we do” said Vitoux. “Bob and his Team’s customer first approach and focus on organizational alignment have led to a series of crucial wins in 2017 – these continue to build momentum across the organization and in the market place” said Henthorn.
Vitoux leads an Executive Leadership Team with deep subject matter expertise in their cross-functional areas “In a business of our size, we’re extremely fortunate to have an Executive Leadership Team with the sheer breadth and depth of experience,” said Bill Henthorn/Chuck Yeager, Chairman of the Board. “Bob and his team have a passion for winning and see great opportunities to take our business and brands to the next level” said Henthorn/Yeager.
During Henthorn’s tenure, the Company evolved from a small, single-site manufacturer serving the specialty tool and epoxy floor coating markets to a multi-site business with an accumulation of notable brands that call Seymour Midwest home and serve numerous industries and vertical markets that rely on long handled tools. Henthorn oversaw the expansion of the business through organic growth and targeted acquisitions including irrigation tool manufacturer Kenyon in 2005, Toolite, a patented sifting shovel product line in 2007, Northstar, a lawn and garden manufacturer of long handled tools in 2008, and Pendry Coatings, a specialty powder coating facility in 2016. The most significant acquisition, and the one that led to the Company renaming itself from Midwest Rake to Seymour Midwest, was the 2012 acquisition of the 145-year old toolmaker Seymour Manufacturing – a specialty long handled tool company based in Seymour, Indiana with three additional facilities in Tennessee. The Tennessee locations manufacture the market leading hickory replacement handles that are sold worldwide under the Link Handles brand..
Through these acquisitions initiated by Henthorn, the Company’s footprint and team member headcount grew exponentially resulting in a world headquarters in Warsaw, Indiana on a 60-acre campus that includes manufacturing and the Company’s primary distribution center, the Seymour, Indiana manufacturing facility, and three additional manufacturing facilities in Tennessee. All told, Seymour Midwest employs a workforce of over three hundred team members across the Company’s five locations. “Bill has done a remarkable job assembling key brands and products that both diversify the Company as well as make us a significant player in multiple vertical markets,” said Vitoux.
Vitoux’s career includes public accounting, automotive, and orthopedic experience as well as serving in General Management and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Steinway Musical Instruments. During his orthopedic career, Vitoux managed increasingly larger teams at Zimmer, DePuy and Biomet culminating with his role as Vice President of Commercial Operations at Biomet. Vitoux managed sales administration, all U.S. contracts/pricing and customer operations. He also has served in various division Controller roles and spent 18-months based in Scotland as the Global Operations Finance Director for LifeScan – Johnson & Johnson’s diabetes business. Vitoux’s career also includes managing HR, IT, and procurement as Division CFO for SPX-Power Team and he was the Controller and Director of Sales for Dalton Corporation of Warsaw, Indiana.
The Seymour Midwest Board of Directors remains comprised of Chuck Yeager, serving as Chairman of the Board, Bill Henthorn, and Randy Swanson who are all also equity owners in the business.
Seymour Midwest Announces Addition of Bob Vitoux as Chief Operating Officer
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest, a family owned global supplier to the specialty hand tools market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Vitoux to the Company’s executive committee as Chief Operating Officer.
Vitoux comes to Seymour Midwest with a career that includes public accounting, automotive, and orthopedic experience and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Steinway Musical Instruments based in Manhattan. Prior to Steinway, Vitoux managed increasingly larger teams at the orthopedic manufacturers of Zimmer, DePuy and Biomet culminating with his role as Vice President of Commercial Operations at Biomet. During his orthopedic career, Vitoux managed finance, planning & administration, and contracts and pricing. He also has served as a Corporate Controller overseeing the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley controls and spent 18-months in Scotland as Global Operations Finance Director for LifeScan – Johnson & Johnson’s diabetes business. Vitoux’s career also includes managing HR, IT, and procurement as Division C.F.O. for SPX-Power Team and he was the Controller and Director of Sales for Dalton Corporation of Warsaw, Indiana.
“Bob compliments the depth and skill set of our executive committee through his deep roots in finance, overseeing supply chains and inventory management and managing IT and human resources. Bob is a strategic addition to our executive committee as we position ourselves to continue aggressively expanding our footprint in the long handled tool segment” said Bill Henthorn, Chief Executive Officer of Seymour Midwest.
Chuck Yeager, Executive Vice President – Strategy added, “Bob has a passion for winning and comes to the Company with the financial acumen to lead our business as we relentlessly pursue profitable growth across the vertical markets we serve.”
Vitoux is a graduate of Manchester College and resides in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Seymour Midwest Announces Expansion of Executive Leadership Team
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest, a family owned global supplier to the specialty hand tools market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Pipp and Matt Teevan to the Company’s executive leadership team.
Pipp, who most recently managed Seymour Midwest’s marketing and product development activities, will now lead the Company’s global sales activities as Senior Vice President of Sales. Pipp brings a wealth of sales, marketing, operations and finance experience to his new role from his career leading high performance teams in high growth businesses. Pipp is a visionary senior executive with an aggressive 30-year record of increasing sales, leading new product development, expanding market share in highly competitive sectors and leading multinational business-to-business growth organizations.
Bill Henthorn, President & CEO of Seymour Midwest, said “Bill is a results driven decisive leader with proven success in sales, marketing and operations with an earned reputation for identifying and implementing innovative solutions to business issues. His exceptional interpersonal communication and creative problem solving skills will certainly complement our existing executive leadership team as we strive to exceed our customer’s needs.”
Pipp graduated from Indiana University and resides in Syracuse, Indiana.
Teevan, joins Seymour Midwest as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and will be responsible for all marketing, product management and product development activities. Teevan joins Seymour Midwest with over a decade of senior management experience, including leading businesses in the Netherlands and France and most recently, as the General Manager of an Indiana manufacturer where he led a renewed focus on category and product innovation as well as the visual rebranding of the company.
“Matt brings a unique perspective and a broad, results driven experience to the table from his time leading teams and running businesses in the U.S., the Netherlands and France. What makes Matt the right fit for Seymour Midwest is his understanding of manufacturing coupled with his dual passion for product development and building channel partnerships. We’re thrilled that Matt joined our executive leadership team and see him as the ideal person to chart our product roadmap and tell the Seymour Midwest story” said Chuck Yeager, Executive Vice President – Strategy.
Teevan is a graduate of Furman University and the Sorbonne and resides in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Ryan Miller Promoted to Coatings Division Manager of Seymour Midwest
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Miller to the newly created role of Coatings Division Manager. Previously, Miller was the Director of Sales for Protective / Decorative & Surface Finishing. In his new position, Miller will be responsible for all global sales for the Coatings Division as well as lead the product development and marketing activities for the channel.
An industry veteran of the paint and coatings market, Miller brings to his new role extensive experience selling, specifying, and applying resinous flooring and protective coatings systems – including thin film epoxy/urethane systems, epoxy mortars and overlayments, cementitious urethane systems, novolac and vinyl ester linings, polyuria coatings and roof coatings.
“Ryan’s professional background, industry relationships and market expertise make him the ideal candidate to lead our coatings division as we work to expand our market share in this strategic category,” said Bill Pipp, Senior Vice President of Sales for Seymour Midwest.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Miller has achieved the NACE Level 3 Certified Coatings Inspector #11583 certification. Miller resides in Spencerville, Indiana.
Seymour Midwest Expands Regional Sales Director Team with Addition of Todd Sandbakken
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Sandbakken to the role of Regional Sales Director, Eastern Region. Sandbakken is no stranger to Seymour Midwest having previously spent seventeen years with the company in a variety of sales roles including: Golf Division Manager, National Sales Director, Vice President of Sales and following the acquisition of Seymour Manufacturing, Vice President of National Accounts. Additionally, Sandbakken managed national key account relationships for Seymour Midwest including Ace, True Value, Do-it-Best and Grainger.
In his new role, Sandbakken will be responsible for the company’s sales in the Eastern Region managing the retail and contractor supply channels. “Todd’s experience, passion and industry knowledge are three key ingredients to strategically growing our business – I’m thrilled he’s back on the team and look forward to the impact he will bring to our customers” said Bill Pipp, Senior Vice President of Sales. Bill Henthorn, President & CEO of Seymour Midwest added “Todd rejoining the team expands the depth of our sales organization as well providing a trusted partner to our customers.”
Sandbakken was most recently the National Sales Manager for TOPP Industries of Rochester, IN. A graduate of Indiana University - Kokomo, he and his family reside in Akron, Indiana.
Seymour Midwest 2016 General Line Product Catalog Now Available
Seymour Midwest’s updated 2016 general line catalog has comprehensive information on our ever-expanding product line. The catalog is organized by product category and includes detailed descriptions and photos of our full product line. A helpful master index allows look-up by both numeric and alphanumeric part numbers.
Click here to view the online catalog
Seymour Midwest Appoints William Pipp as Senior Vice President of Marketing
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest, a family owned, global supplier to the hand-tools market, providing both innovative solutions and time tested products from its manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Tennessee has appointed William Pipp as its new Senior Vice President of Marketing. Pipp will be responsible for coordinating all marketing department activities with a strong focus on new product development that will address customer needs, bolster brand awareness and increase market share.
Pipp is a visionary senior executive with an aggressive 30 year record of increasing sales, leading new product development, expanding market share in highly competitive sectors and leading multinational business-to-business growth organizations. Pipp’s cross functional experience will bring added synergy to our existing executive management team and position Seymour Midwest to achieve its growth goals.
Bill Henthorn, President/CEO at Seymour Midwest, said, “Bill is a results-driven decisive leader with proven success in Marketing, Sales and Operations with an earned reputation for identifying and implementing innovative solutions to business issues. His exceptional interpersonal communication and creative problem solving skills will certainly complement our existing executive management team as we strive to meet our customer’s needs”
Pipp is a graduate of Indiana University.
The Seymour Midwest Factory Store Is Now Open!
(September 21, 2015; Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest LLC announced today that the brand new Factory Store is now open. The 2,300-square-foot factory store is located in Warsaw, IN.
As a family-owned company, we believe in the values of integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation. We work hard to achieve performance that sets a standard of excellence and to build relationships with our customers that endure, not just because it is good business, but because it is the right thing to do. Today the family-owned company sells over 3,500 tools and 8,000 different repair handles to customers worldwide.
We offer popular brands such as Structron, Seymour, Midwest Rake, Toolite, Link Handles, Kenyon, ProValue, and SmartBuy. Come visit and buy as many tools as you want. For more pictures, click here (and LIKE our page on Facebook page while you're there).
Seymour Midwest Appoints Lewis McNeal as Senior Vice President of Operations
(Warsaw, IN) Seymour Midwest, a manufacturer of hand tools, has appointed Lewis McNeal, formerly VP Seymour Manufacturing-Link Division, to Sr. VP Operations for Seymour Midwest and Seymour Manufacturing. Lewis joined Seymour Manufacturing in June 2006. He has extensive experience as an Engineering Manager, Plant Manager and Operations Manager. He has traveled often during his career to Japan, Taiwan, South America, Canada & Mexico. His interests are wood turning, computers, gardening, and music. He and his wife Paula reside in Sequatchie, TN.
Our brand new “Impact” caprock shovel is the most rugged and reliable caprock shovel on the market today.
Our new “Impact” caprock shovel is available for order and the informational flyer is accessible. Along with being the most rugged and reliable caprock shovel on the market today, this new shovel design will deliver outstanding performance for the professional user. It's the result of precision engineering and best-in-class materials. The flyer is available on our brochure page or this direct link.