Oliver Products has announced the appointment of Kenneth B. Goodwin as the new president of Oliver Packaging & Equipment Company. Goodwin will have overall responsibility for Oliver Packaging and Equipment, reporting to the CEO of Oliver Products, Jerry Bennish.
Goodwin has extensive experience in the foodservice equipment industry including executive management, global sales and marketing, and operations. Most recently, he was vice president at Manitowoc Foodservice, a $1.4 billion manufacturer of commercial restaurant equipment, operating 37 factories in 11 countries, where he was responsible for 9 brands and operating companies.
His previous experience includes president of BKI Worldwide, and senior management roles with Lancer Corp., Frymaster LLC and Enodis Corp. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a concentration in food science and technology and a MBA from Case Western University.
“We are delighted to have Ken join Oliver,” said Jerry Bennish, CEO. “Oliver has a long history of leadership in the bakery equipment and pre-prepared meal packaging market segments. We have a great team at Oliver. They do an incredible job and are very committed to exceeding our customer needs. Ken’s leadership experience and success in growing businesses is a great addition.
“We have made a number of investments in people, product development and manufacturing over the past 18 months. Investing in a leader with Ken’s qualifications will help the business build on what has been accomplished, as well as pursue further opportunities. It is a very exciting time in our company. I look forward to working with Ken and the entire Oliver Packaging and Equipment team as we pursue opportunities to provide high quality equipment, packaging systems and services to the markets we serve.”