Career Track: Industry Promotions and Hires Announced


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Positions filled include sales, labor relations and engineering/technical support



sean crimmins

Sean Crimmins

BEACON FALLS, Conn. — Sean Crimmins, a career laundry professional with management experience at several facilities on the East Coast, is the new Northeast regional sales manager for Lavatec Laundry Technology, the company reports.

Crimmins began in the laundry industry in 1997 and most recently was general manager of CleanTex Laundry Services in Irvington, N.J., according to Lavatec.

He previously served as a plant manager for Alsco in Alexandria, Va., after stints in Pennsylvania with Penn Linen Laundry, Sodexo and HCSC Enterprises, where he managed various healthcare and senior care laundry operations.

“I have a strong operations management background and oversaw 140 employees in my position at CleanTex. I also helped improve employee productivity, and we had record sales during my time there,” says Crimmins. “I have worked in every capacity since I started in the industry as an hourly worker. I accepted this position because I have a good idea of what plants need to get the job done today. Lavatec equipment is reliable, it helps make workers more efficient, and it produces the kind of results facility owners will appreciate.”



Kristin LeBre

Kristin LeBre


Kathy Jennings

Kathy Jennings


Todd Schlachter

Todd Schlachter

MINNEAPOLIS — AmeriPride Services, a textile rental services and supply company, recently announced several new director appointments and promotions.

Kristin LeBre was appointed director of U.S. Labor Relations and human resource, according to the company. LeBre is an experienced senior legal counselor with expertise in labor and employment law, compliance and litigation management.

She started her career at Winthrop & Weinstine and has served as in-house counsel for several public and privately held companies, including ShopNBC, Musicland, Nash Finch and Fingerhut, AmeriPride says.

LeBre has a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa, is active in the Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel, and has served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Employment Law Governing Council.

Kathy Jennings has been promoted to senior director/operations controller, the company reports. Jennings oversees accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting and payroll teams, as well as a variety of special projects to standardize and centralize back-office processes.

AmeriPride says she was recently named to the Finance & Commerce “Top Women in Finance” List, which recognizes women who are making notable contributions to their professions, their communities and society at large. She is also a leader in the company’s community outreach and volunteer programs, including the annual MS150 ride.

Todd Schlachter has been appointed director of direct sales and will now lead this function across the United States and Canada, the company says. He and his team will work to enhance and promote AmeriPride’s direct sales capabilities while presenting an integrated rental and purchase solution for customers.

Schlachter started with the company in 1994 and has excelled in various service and sales positions during his tenure, most recently as a sales director in the Eastern United States and Canada, AmeriPride says. He works out of the company’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

“Our people are our most important asset,” says Bill Evans, president and CEO of AmeriPride. “I am very pleased with these recent organizational changes and confident that these appointments will help us continue to find success and profitable growth in our key markets.”



Roger Redmond

Roger Redmond

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Thermopatch, which supplies garment/textile identification labeling systems, has appointed Roger Redmond to the position of engineering manager, the company reports. 

Redmond’s responsibilities will include directing the efforts of the engineering department, quality control and facilitating all development efforts on identification equipment, according to the company. 

Thermopatch says Redmond has more than 25 years of experience in product development, manufacturing and project management in various industries. He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.

He has a professional affiliation with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and certifications related to product quality. 

Redmond and his family reside in Syracuse, N.Y. 



Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

ITASCA, Ill. —  Ellis Corp., which manufactures commercial laundry, water heating and wastewater systems, has appointed Josh Stewart and Russell Stout technical support engineers, the company reports.

Stewart will operate out of Milwaukee, the company says. He started work with Ludell, an Ellis subsidiary, working in assembly, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a welder for Ludell for 20 years.

Ellis says that due to his mechanical abilities, Stewart was promoted to the technical staff after just eight months on the line. With a solid grounding on the mechanics of Ludell equipment, he was selected to cross-train on Ellis laundry machinery as part of an initiative to broaden the skills and expertise of Ellis technicians.

The company says this will allow him to oversee installations and troubleshoot for multiple types of equipment across the Ellis and Ludell brands.

Stout will be based out of Phoenix.


Russell Stout

Russell Stout

A 20-year Navy veteran, Stout used his technical skills to keep things running on USS Elrod (FFG 55), a guided missile frigate that served in the Atlantic, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Caribbean, says the company.

He also served as maintenance coordinator for the Navy radio and TV station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Stout’s biggest technical challenge to date was keeping Elrod operational despite budget cuts and lack of proper parts. Relying on a network of fellow sailors to find spare parts and pieces as needed, he brings with him an innate ability to think outside of the box due to this experience, Ellis says.


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