Fike names new president
Brad Batz has been named president of Fike Corp. effective immediately.
Fike Corp. has named Brad Batz its president effective immediately.
In this role, Batz will lead all corporate functions, which include manufacturing, quality, supply chain, finance, human resources, and information technology.
Prior to this position, Batz led Fike's oil and gas business unit where his responsibilities included new product development, sales, and customer service and support. He also previously led Fike's Corporate Operations where he was responsible for manufacturing, supply chain, quality, and continuous improvement activities around the world.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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