Completing a 21-year career at Brunson Instrument Company, General Manager Richard Powell will retire later this year. The company has initiated a vigorous search for Powell’s replacement, and he will continue in his current capacity until the position is filled.
“Many of our manufacturing and operational innovations are a result of Richard’s vision and perseverance—providing us the ability to best serve our growing customer base,” said Deighton Brunson, the company’s CEO. “Richard’s accomplishments at Brunson have transformed us into a modern company.”
Powell began working with Brunson in 1998 as a management consultant, and, soon after joining the company full-time in January of 2000, accepted the challenge of re-organizing the manufacturer’s multiple-line production processes. Under his guidance Brunson became ISO-compliant in 2008 and has successfully applied Lean production management processes and the Theory of Constraints.
“The Brunson brand is recognized by metrology professionals around the world, and Richard has worked hard to help guide the company to this position,” said Brunson Board Member David J. Morse, former SVP, Managing Director—Americas at FARO Technologies, Inc. “Richard’s retirement will be well-earned, and the board will be diligently seeking a company President to fill his shoes,” he added.
“Attracting a ‘President’-level leader makes sense for Brunson,” said Mike Tracy, HR consultant and Brunson Board Member. “And our search will focus on candidates with a strong background in business development and market expansion,” he added. Powell will continue on the company’s Board of Directors after the transition.
“I have always said that I want to leave the company better off and ensure that it is positioned to grow to the next level,” said Powell in an announcement to Brunson’s employees. “Brunson has given me fantastic opportunities and experiences over the last twenty years,” he added, “I am very grateful and appreciative.”
Founded in Kansas City, Missouri USA in 1927, Brunson is an ESOP company, and serves its international client base through strategic distributors in Europe, Asia, and the Americas out of its unique underground production facility. Brunson Instrument Company designs, manufactures, and markets portable measurement and alignment solutions for high-precision industrial applications. The company’s product line includes metrology instrument stands, laser tracker target holders, calibration equipment, optical tooling instruments and scaling artifacts.
For more information: www.brunson.us