Month: February 2020

Positioning for Growth, Applied Manufacturing Technologies Promotes Rick Vanden Boom and Expands Executive Team with the Hire of Mark McGinnis

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AMT promotes Vice President of Automated Systems Group Rick Vanden Boom to Vice President of Sales and hires Mark McGinnis as Director of Systems Engineering, allowing the company to accelerate its support and development of innovative engineering services, turnkey automated systems, and control system integration solutions.

Orion, MI – February 13, 2020 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced the promotion of Rick Vanden Boom to Vice President of Sales and the hire of Mark McGinnis as Director of Systems Engineering.

Vice President of Automated Systems Group (ASG) Rick Vanden Boom has been promoted to Vice President of Sales at AMT, where he will focus on setting sales strategy, managing the sales team, and managing key customer relationships.  Joining the company as business development manager in 2013, Vanden Boom has risen through the organization to director and vice president of ASG until his recent promotion to vice president of sales.  A graduate of the National Institute of Technology, Vanden Boom holds a degree in electronics engineering.

“A true team player and RISE Core Value Award recipient, Rick took the reins for ASG operations at a critical time for AMT,” said President and CEO Michael Jacobs.  “He has been responsible for building the most capable ASG team that we’ve ever had.  Rick has a passion for people and the business of AMT, and we will continue to support him in his new role as Vice President of Sales.”

Mark McGinnis joined AMT this month as Director of Systems Engineering, and has direct responsibility for the ASG group, which is dedicated to the design and build of turnkey automated robotic systems.  Prior to joining AMT, McGinnis served for 16 years in a variety of leadership roles at a large automation systems integrator and has worked more than 25 years in the automation industry.  A graduate of Ferris State University, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering.

“We are thrilled to have Mark join our executive team. He is a very well-known and respected leader in the automation industry, and his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to AMT as we expand our ASG operations,” said Jacobs.  “Together with the promotion of Craig Salvalaggio to Chief Operating Officer, these gentlemen are three of the most proven leaders in our industry.  I know that we have the best leadership team in AMT’s history.”

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies Promotes Craig Salvalaggio to Chief Operating Officer

Craig Salvalaggio Promoted to COO

AMT promotes Vice President of Operations Services Craig Salvalaggio to Chief Operating Officer (COO), allowing the company to accelerate its support and development of innovative engineering services, turnkey automated systems, and control system integration solutions.

Orion, MI – February 4, 2020 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), North America’s largest independent automation engineering company supporting manufacturers, robot companies, systems integrators, line builders, and users of robotic automation worldwide, today announced that Vice President of Operations Services Craig Salvalaggio has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AMT.

“Craig is an accomplished leader with a passion for people and for the business of AMT.  As he has risen through the organization, Craig has lived and breathed AMT’s purpose and core values earning the respect and trust of our employees, as well as our customers and partners,” said President and CEO Michael Jacobs.  “Of all the people I know, no one is more capable and better suited for this role than Craig, and I would like to offer him my heartiest congratulations.”

As COO, Salvalaggio will lead overall operations of Applied Manufacturing Technologies services along with sales, engineering, and talent management. His unique combination of technical expertise in automation and robotics combined with his visionary leadership ability led to his promotion.

Joining AMT in 2003, Salvalaggio was originally hired as a robotics software engineer before quickly being promoted through the ranks to project manager, engineering general manager, vice president of engineering, vice president of operations, and most recently chief operating officer.  Salvalaggio holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lake Superior State University, a Master of Science in operations management, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Kettering University.

Salvalaggio is actively involved in the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) as a committee member and co-chair of the RIA Certified Integrator Program, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for both RIA and Association for Advancing Automation (A3). A prolific writer, Salvalaggio has authored 15 technical articles in a variety of industry journals.  He is also an in-demand speaker, presenting at a wide array of industry events, including RIA International Safety Conferences, Automate, SME, ATX West, The Battery Show, and RoboBusiness CRO Summits.

About Applied Manufacturing Technologies

Founded in 1989, Applied Manufacturing Technologies is an industry leader in robot automation engineering, manufacturing systems integration, and turnkey industrial controls globally. More than 120 experienced and highly-trained controls and automation engineers with over 1,250 combined years of experience are engaged in automation projects across an array of industries.  With a deep bench of experienced, innovative automation engineers, consultants, and programmers, AMT assists customers with projects at any stage of development, from conceptualization and design to troubleshooting and expansion. From AMT’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, the company has engineered over 25,000 automation systems worldwide on 5,500 projects for over 600 customers.  For more information, visit AMT’s website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.