John Blundy's retirement lasted just four months, as the hot-runner veteran was named the North American president of HRS-Flow Hot Runner Systems.
HRS-Flow, a division of Italian tooling component supplier Inglass Group SpA, is opening a new production operation in Grand Rapids, Mich. A grand opening is set for September.
HRS-Flow is equipping the Michigan facility with automated machining centers. It announced the hiring of Blundy on June 1.
“The company ownership has a strong commitment to customer service, technology and innovation. The establishment of the Grand Rapids manufacturing center is a testament to that dedication,” Blundy said.
HRS-Flow also has a spare parts and service center in Greenville, S.C., and one facility each in Canada and Mexico.
Blundy retired Feb. 1 from his post as vice president of business development at Beaumont Technologies Inc. He previously worked at injection press makers Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. and Mannesmann Demag.
He worked at hot runner maker Incoe Corp. for 16 years as vice president of business development.
Blundy said he sincerely planned to retire. “But I suspended my retirement,” he said.
“Once I learned the full scope of the company's planned growth, not only for the North American market but globally as well, the opportunity presented to me was too exciting to pass up,” he said.
HRS-Flow is based at the Inglass Group headquarters in San Polo di Piave, Italy.