United Grinding North America Names New President and CEO

Current president and chief executive officer Rodger Pinney has been elected as vice chairman of the company’s board of directors in conjunction with his planned retirement, so Terry Derrico will assume complete responsibility for leading the company’s strategic, tactical, operational, and administrative functions in North America.

United Grinding North America, Inc. (Miamisburg, OH) announced that current president and chief executive officer Rodger Pinney has been elected as vice chairman of the company’s board of directors in conjunction with his planned retirement on April 1, 2014. Terry Derrico will join United Grinding North America, Inc. as its new president and chief executive officer, assuming complete responsibility for leading the company’s strategic, tactical, operational, and administrative functions in North America.

Derrico will report directly to Stephan Nell, the chief executive officer of United Grinding Group AG (Bern Switzerland). “We are enjoying unprecedented growth and the company’s future also looks very promising,” Pinney said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the organization as vice chairman.” In addition to his board member duties, Pinney plans to actively promote North America-based manufacturing.

Nell commended Pinney for successfully leading United Grinding North America for 16 years. “Rodger guided the company through various economic climates and market transitions, positioning the company as the best and strongest in the North American grinding business. His unwavering service to the company and its people and passion for the industry will be a continued asset to us as he moves into this new advisory role,” he concluded.

Derrico’s overall executive and management-based career spans 27 years, and he has a proven track record in the successful growth of the companies for which he has worked. “I am excited to join this highly dynamic company and the incredibly talented and passionate team that drives it,’’ Derrico said. “This is a visionary company and I look forward to leading the next stage of its growth and development, both horizontally and vertically in the total grinding solutions market. We will continue to develop innovative technological solutions and responsive services to keep our customers productive and profitable and, most of all, competitive.”

Derrico spent the past decade in key leadership roles at The Marmon Group LLC, a global Fortune 500 organization with numerous diverse business units that is part of Berkshire-Hathaway, Inc. Most recently, he served as president of the Construction Fasteners Group, having full profit and loss responsibility for the industrial business unit.

Prior to The Marmon Group LLC, Derrico worked for Proton Energy Systems, a manufacturer of hydrogen generators and regenerative fuel cell systems, as senior vice president of sales, marketing and business development. He was also president and chief executive officer of Swiss Industrial Group Holdings, Inc., a global packaging organization; chief operating officer of TMC, a manufacturer of automated packaging equipment; and national sales manager for General Electric Fanuc Automation, an industrial computer and software company specializing in factory automation.

Early in his career, Derrico served as an apprenticeship toolmaker and worked his way into tool and manufacturing applications engineering positions. According to Nell, Derrico is a perfect fit to lead United Grinding North America into the future. “Terry applies a hands-on, results-focused leadership approach and believes in motivating teams around a shared vision,” he said. “We look forward to continued success and growth under his leadership together with his team.”

United Grinding North America, a division of the United Grinding Group, represents
the union of the world’s strongest companies in grinding and ultra-precision finishing solutions for the manufacturing industry. Through its Surface and Profile Grinding, Cylindrical Grinding and Tool Grinding technology groups, the company sells and supports precision machines for grinding, eroding, lasering, combination machining and measuring under the MÄGERLE, BLOHM, JUNG, STUDER, SCHAUDT, MIKROSA, WALTER and EWAG brands.

Headquartered in Miamisburg with a tool division in Fredericksburg, VA, United
Grinding North America  ISO:9001 and 14001 certified to ensure quality in product
development, production, shipping and support operations.



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