BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kaman Distribution Group, the distribution segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) today announced the appointment of Jeff Ames as Vice President, General Manager of its Automation platform effective as of July 10, 2017. Kaman Distribution Group operates through three product platforms: Bearings & Power Transmission, Fluid Power, and Automation. Jeff will report to Steve Smidler, Kaman Distribution Group’s President.
Jeff brings over 25 years of experience in engineered products and systems businesses, with roles spanning commercial, technical, and operational responsibilities. Prior to joining Kaman, Jeff served as General Manager at Eaton Corporation where he led commercial, technical and operations activity in Eaton’s Notification business. He previously served as Business Unit Manager for Eaton’s Wright Line business. Jeff’s career at Eaton spanned 17 years and included earlier assignments of increasing responsibility in product line management, sales, and acquisition integration. Prior to Eaton, Jeff held positions at Schneider Electric’s industrial controls business in various commercial and technical roles and at International Business Machines.
“Jeff’s commercial and operational experience and knowledge of the automation and control market will prove valuable assets to Kaman as we further build our product platforms and portfolio,” said Steve Smidler. “With his leadership, we are well-positioned for growth.”
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Marist College. He resides near Worcester, MA and will be based out of the Kaman Automation facility in Franklin, MA.
About Kaman Distribution
Kaman Distribution is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 250 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers over four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and automation, material handling, motion control, hydraulics and pneumatics and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design, build, installation, integration, and support services for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. Kaman Distribution is the industrial distribution group of Kaman Corporation. Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. More information is available at www.kaman.com.