ESD names Knipp COO
Kurt Knipp has been named chief operating officer (COO) by ESD. He will be leading day-to-day operations for the company.
Kurt Knipp has been named chief operating officer (COO) at ESD (Environmental Systems Design Inc.).
In his new position, Knipp will be responsible for leading ESD’s day-to-day operations. He has more than 30 years of experience with a diverse background in executive management and consulting for a wide variety of domestic and international companies.
He has led and managed complex performance improvement and advisory assignments for middle market companies with annual revenues of $30-$400 million. Knipp holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science and finance from Northern Illinois University.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.