MOUNT GILEAD, OHIO-Machinery maker HPM Corp. has named a new vice president of operations, hiring John Lauchnor, who has a background in robots and metalworking at Cincinnati Milacron Inc. and ABB Robotics Inc. HPM President William Flickinger made the announcement Oct. 3. In the near future, Lauchnor is moving his family from Cincinnati to Marion, Ohio, near HPM's headquarters in Mount Gilead.
Los Angeles company Stadco Inc. acquired most of HPM on May 1. Privately held Stadco manufactures tooling and machines for the aerospace industry.
Flickinger said he travels about 40 percent of the time, and Stadco wanted to bring in another executive so that Flickinger can devote more time to customers and longer-term planning.
An outside firm helped HPM recruit Lauchnor, according to Flickinger.
Lauchnor graduated from Clemson University in 1984 with a degree in computer science. He joined Milacron, where he spent six years in several posts, including developing robots and application engineering.
When Milacron sold off its industrial robot business in 1990 to ABB Robotics Inc. in Detroit, he joined ABB in sales and marketing.
After a year off to obtain his master's degree in business at the University of Pittsburgh, Lauch-nor again joined Milacron as plant manager of the turning center in Greenwood, S.C. His last two years were spent back in Ohio as general manager of Milacron's turning business.
Lauchnor could not be reached for comment for this story.