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31.03.2021

Meet the New Team Members at W&H North America

We're delighted to introduce new employees in our sales, service and warehousing departments.

Taylor Armstrong, Field Service Engineer, Printing

Taylor started at W&H in early 2020 as an MDO and FILMATIC N technician. Prior to joining W&H, he spent almost five years working as an MDO technician and in re-palletizing at Colormasters in Alabama. His day-to-day experience on MDO equipment has allowed him to hit the floor running. Before entering the film industry, Taylor spent eight years in the Army as a chemical weapons specialist.

Michael Gorniak, Regional Sales Manager, Central U.S., Printing & Extrusion

Mike has over 30 years of experience in commercial printing and packaging. Most recently, he worked with Baldwin Vision Systems, an auxiliary equipment manufacturer, serving the narrow to wide web packaging and label markets, with inspection systems and web viewers. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology with minors in Printing and Packaging from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

Raul Hernandez, Field Service Engineer, Printing

Running and maintaining W&H presses is second nature for Raul, which has made his transition to his new role seamless. In his last position at Robbie Flexible Packaging in Lenexa, Kansas, he worked as a press operator for 15 years before moving over to the maintenance department where he spent another six years. Raul speaks English, Spanish and some Portuguese.

Raymond Holtz, Regional Service Manager, Printing

Ray brings impressive experience as a development engineer working on products, such as marine generators, medical vacuum pumps, fuel systems and motorcycle accessories. A native of Germany, Ray came to the U.S. in 2001. He has held positions at Continental AG, Medela, Westerbeke and founded a company called Staubwolke. He earned his M.S. in Product Designand Development Management from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Mechantronics from the University ofApplied Science in Berlin.

Gesine Hughes, Inside Sales, Printing & Extrusion

A native of Hoexter, Germany, Gesine is entering a new career field in a new industry. Prior to the onset of COVID-19 and the subsequent cancellation of in-person events and trade shows, she had worked as an Exhibit Designer at Access TCA in MA. In her new position at W&H, Gesine has found her way back to her German roots and couldn’t be happier.

Todd Krupa, Regional Sales Manager, Midwest U.S., Printing & Extrusion

Todd comes to W&H from Enercon Industries, where he was the Regional Sales Manager for corona and surface treating systems. He also brings extensive experience of digital printing presses from his years with ColordyneTechnologies. He holds a B.S. in Business Management with a minor in Marketing and Technical Communications from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is an avid golfer and hockey enthusiast.

John Nolan, Assistant Warehouse Manager

John came to W&H from semi-conductor chip manufacturer, Vicor, where he was the planning administrator and responsible for planning and buying. In one form or another, John has been working in warehouse and manufacturing facilities for 20 years with experience in domestic and international shipping and spent some time running manufacturing equipment in a few plants.

Justin Umphries, Field Service Engineer, Extrusion

An industry veteran, Justin brings 26 years of experience in the blown film extrusion industry to W&H. Previous to joining us, he spent 18 years as Maintenance Manager at McNeely Plastics in Clinton, MS, where he currently lives. Prior to that, he worked at Flexsol as an Electrical Maintenance Technician. Justin attended Ivy Technical College in Terre Haute, IN.

Edwin Wilder, Regional Service Manager, Extrusion

Edwin brings a breadth of interesting experience to his position at W&H, having started out his career with a 5½ year stint in the oilfield as a reliability engineer then as a mechanical engineer. His past projects have included field testing, mechanical drafting, large-set data analysis, and process improvement. Edwin earned his “Abitur” from the German International School of Washington, D.C. and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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