Kirk Winstead, who became COO of IPEG,
Inc., in 2015, is adding President to his title as he assumes overall IPEG
commercial responsibility, with the heads of the Group’s four subsidiaries
reporting directly to him.
Mr. Winstead worked 27 years for Rapid
Granulator, holding various technical, sales and management positions and
eventually becoming CEO of the Rapid Group of Bredaryd, Sweden.
Rapid was part of the IPEG family until it
was sold in 2015. At that time, Winstead was named IPEG COO, assuming
responsibility for Operations, Information Technology and Human Resources.
“Kirk Winstead’s recent operational
achievements, combined with his many years of commercial leadership, uniquely
qualify him to assume the role of IPEG President,” commented Chris Keller, who
was President until now and who continues as Chief Executive Officer. “Over the
past two years, he successfully led critical infrastructure and organizational
transformations. This is not only a great opportunity for him, but a great move
for our business.”
“I will focus my time and efforts on
bigger-picture, longer-term strategy, in addition to supporting the IPEG
Management Team. This will involve continuing to chart a path of growth for
IPEG, including looking for suitable acquisitions and determining where best to
allocate and invest our resources,” Mr. Keller said.
Headquartered in Cranberry Township, PA,
IPEG comprises a family of leading brands serving the global
plastics-processing, waste-recycling, and industrial heat-transfer markets.
IPEG brands include:
- Conair, a global manufacturer of auxiliary
equipment for plastics processing;
- Thermal Care, a leading developer and
manufacturer of custom heat-transfer systems and equipment, serving more than
- Republic Machine, a leader in the design
and manufacture of single-shaft shredders for recycling of plastics and other
Corporation, a global leader in conveying and dedusting technologies.