70 anniversaryApril 12, 2017--Hytrol, an American manufacturer of material handling solutions, announced that the company is celebrating its 70th business anniversary in April 2017. To celebrate this milestone, the company will be hosting a celebration for its employees and invited guests on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Hytrol was founded by Tom Loberg in 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and relocated to Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1962. As the largest conveyor manufacturer in North America, the company has grown to be the third largest employer in Jonesboro, with more than 1,100 employees and counting. With three consecutive years of surpassing sales records, Hytrol has experienced phenomenal growth and continues to pave the way in the material handling industry.

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April 5, 2017--Hytrol is pleased to announce that Kenny Williams has accepted the position of systems project coordinator. In this role, Williams will work with project managers to build relationships between Hytrol's Integration Partner Network and its customers. Working closely with project managers, integration partners, customers and Hytrol's Customer Care Team, Williams said his role's focus will involve initiating faster methods of solving issues in the field.

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April 4, 2017--Hytrol recently announced that Whitney Blackburn will assume responsibility for the marketing department. As brand manager, Blackburn is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies to promote growth in new and existing markets. Additionally, she provides direction to internal teams to promote brand development and messaging, both within the organization and the marketplace. 

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March 30, 2017--Hytrol is pleased to announce that Trav Tacker has accepted the position of project manager. In this role, Tacker will partner with Hytrol's integration partners and end users to implement advanced material handling solutions. During his tenure at Hytrol, he has assisted with building Hytrol's parcel product line through design and systems layout. His previous roles include design engineer and project engineer.

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March 23, 2017--Hytrol is pleased to announce that Daniel Aspinwall has accepted the position of parcel product manager. In this role, Aspinwall will provide specialized leadership over Hytrol's parcel product offerings to its integration partners and customers.

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March 21, 2017--Hytrol is pleased to announce the addition of Matthew Hendrix as production training coordinator, effective January 3, 2017. As part of his responsibilities, he conducts the new hire orientation process to ensure a smooth onboarding experience for new employees. Hendrix also coordinates the ongoing professional and technical development required by Hytrol's production personnel.

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Curt-NorrisMarch 9, 2017--Hytrol is pleased to announce the addition of Curtis Norris as customer training coordinator, effective February 17, 2017. In his role, Norris coordinates Hytrol's training seminars and works closely with Jon Noell, our customer training specialist to provide training opportunities to our integration partners and customers.

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Jimmy-Brandon-CFOMarch 2, 2017--Hytrol is pleased to announce the addition of Jimmy Brandon as chief financial officer, effective January 16, 2017. Brandon is the third CFO in our company's 70-year history. Brandon is responsible for financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting efforts to ensure systematic sales growth and gross margin improvement. He directs all accounting functions, including accounts receivable and accounts payable as well as accounts with the Integration Partner Network and suppliers.

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Jonesboro, Ark--11-23-16--The global conveyor systems market will reach $7.6 billion by 2022, reported DC Velocity. The forecast would mark a steep rise from the sector's 2015 sales of $5.7 billion, based on carrying heavy and bulk materials in the retail, food & beverage and automotive industries. 

As the market expands, belt conveyor will continue to be the most common type of system, ahead of other options such as roller, pallet, and overhead, the report says. But customers' needs continue to change quickly, so vendors are creating innovative designs such as modular conveyors to allow flexible arrangements, cost-effective systems for customers in emerging markets, and environmentally friendly designs. Hytrol is experiencing its best year ever corroborating the research, with the Jonesboro, Ark employee count topping 1,000. The growing industrialization, need for automation to reduce manufacturing costs and waste, and a rising focus on lean manufacturing techniques are elements driving the growth, according to Allied Market Research.

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Editor's Note: The September/October 2016 issue of Manufacturing Today featured a cover story about Hytrol and our company's status as a world leader in the manufacturing of conveyor systems and solutions. Pictured on the cover is Chris Glenn, vice president of manufacturing and engineering operations. The following is a clip from the article:

By Stephanie Crets, Manufacturing Today

Since 1947, Hytrol has established a reputation for high-quality manufacturing, reliability through customer service and durability of its product line. Through innovative designs and custom solutions, the company can manufacture a single conveyor unit to a comprehensive material-handling system for its customers in the warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, parcel and food and beverage industries. Thanks to these factors, Hytrol is one of the largest manufacturers of conveyors and conveying hardware in the world.

But the company doesn’t do it alone. Hytrol goes to market with more than 70 integration partners strategically located in more than 100 locations throughout the world. They serve as its sales force, helping the company serve its customers much better through a local presence, on-site expertise and instant service.

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