Bloomfield, CT — A Kaman Corp. subsidiary, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., has appointed Steven J. Smidler to the newly created position of senior vice-president and chief operating officer, effective December 1, 2009.
Smidler, 50, will oversee the company’s sales, marketing, customer service and operational functions. He joins Kaman from Lenze Americas Corp., where he served as executive vice-president, with responsibility for marketing, sales, finance, business systems and product technology for the Americas. Smidler was also a member of the management committee of the Lenze Group, Germany, and held the position of president and treasurer for Lenze Americas and served as a board member for the Lenze ACTech production company.
“Steve’s many years of customer interaction in the same industries that Kaman serves, and his knowledge of electrical, mechanical and fluid power products, position him to engage immediately with Kaman’s sales and operating organizations,” said T. Jack Cahill, president.
Prior to joining Lenze, Smidler held executive positions at Eaton Corporation’s Powerware Division and Rockwell Automation’s Global Manufacturing Solutions Group.
Kaman Industrial Technologies is a distributor of industrial parts that operates nearly 200 customer service centres and five distribution centres across North America. Kaman offers more than two million items including bearings, power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power and MRO supplies to customers in a variety of industries. Additionally, Kaman provides value added services such as engineering and design support for electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belt and rubber fabrication, reducer build, hose assemblies, custom modifications, repair services, fluid analysis and motor management.