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Shifting Gears

Industry personnel and organization news

Akro-Mils names executive director of sales and marketing Akro-Mils announces that Dana Rafferty has been named executive director of sales and marketing. In her new position, Dana will lead the sales, marketing and customer service teams in aligning resources to maximize AkroMils’ penetration and position with core customers, drive innovation and problemsolving capabilities for core customers, and identify and develop growth strategies for under-leveraged potential core customers. Dana joins Akro-Mils with over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. Most recently, Dana was the Director of National Accounts at Hoshizaki America, where she secured Moe’s Southwest Grill, Zaxby’s, and Dunkin’ as primary

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vendor brands. She has held sales leadership roles utilizing the 80/20 business model at several companies including Illinois Tool Works, where she successfully built a new division that focused on developing and expanding new technologies for the food service industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston University.

Kubota announces plans for $87 million expansion in Kansas Kubota Tractor Corporation officially confirmed its plans to plant solid roots in Kansas for its North American Distribution Center (NADC) by announcing the details of its letter of intent to purchase 203 acres near the company’s current leased facility in Edgerton, Kansas. The company plans to design and build two, one million square foot, facilities to expand their distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for the timely delivery of Kubota branded service parts and equipment to its increasing customer base in the U.S. In addition to the logistics facilities, Kubota also announced an additional commitment to its Midwest dealers and customers by establishing a fifth operational division and sales office in Edgerton. The new Midwest Division office will reside within the same complex as the parts and whole-good operations and provide an essential sales presence for Kubota in the heartland of America. Mike Jacobson, a 17-year Kubota veteran, will be appointed as director and division manager of this new division effective January 1, 2018, and will lead the company’s efforts to expand its product offerings and markets in the Midwest.

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