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New appointments made by Bison Gear

St. Charles, IL -- Bison Gear and Engineering, a manufacturer of fractional horsepower motors, gearmotors, and redu...


January 9, 2007
By MRO Magazine

St. Charles, IL — Bison Gear and Engineering, a manufacturer of fractional horsepower motors, gearmotors, and reducers, has appointed Martin Swarbrick as president, effective Jan. 8, 2007. Also, in November, the company appointed John Morehead as vice-president of sales and marketing.

Most recently, Swarbrick was Vice-president and director of business excellence for Motorola. He led the path to national recognition for performance excellence when Motorola was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2002 and the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame award in 2004.

“Martin’s track record as a leader in the disciplines of performance excellence, quality, customer advocacy and Six Sigma will drive Bison Gear’s continued growth by offering the best overall value package to customers,” said Ron Bullock, Bison chairman and CEO.

Swarbrick’s 27 years as a business leader began in Ireland as a manufacturing engineer for General Electric, where over a seven year period he progressed to manufacturing manager. He spent the next seven years with Verbatim (Kodak) as operations manager. In 1991, he became operations director for Motorola’s Land Mobile Products Sector and shortly after became vice-president and general manager with responsibility for manufacturing operations and distribution for Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Born in Cork, Ireland, Swarbrick was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and holds degrees in engineering and mathematics. He studied manufacturing and operations at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and completed the Leadership Institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2001.

Morehead was previously employed by Bodine Electric Company, where he was vice-president of sales and marketing. In addition to a successful career at Bodine, he has an extensive background in technology acquisition and alliances in U.S. and international markets.

In a previous announcement, Bison also named Matthew Hanson as vice-president, innovation center. This organization is charged with the successful creation of innovative products. Its development started with a National Science Foundation Grant. The Innovation Center will examine leading edge technologies in electronics, motor design, materials science, and manufacturing processes in their product development projects.

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