Career Track: New Hires For Ellis Corp., Girbau Industrial


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ITASCA, Ill. — Industrial laundry equipment manufacturer Ellis Corp. has hired Chris Giordano as field service manager, and Don Kirkland as field service technician, the company reports.

Prior to joining the company, Giordano recently served as chief engineer at Angelica, Chicago, for six years, and at Alsco, Chicago, for eight years, according to Ellis.

“We are excited to have Chris on board, and know that his experience will be a great asset to us,” says Bob Fesmire Jr., executive vice president and chief operation officer of Ellis. “We look forward to drawing on his experience as a former chief engineer to better serve our customer needs.”

Kirkland also brings many years of industry experience to the company, previously working for Milnor for 10 years, and, most recently, for Kannegiesser for 12 years, Ellis adds.

“Don’s expertise is with the installation, project management and servicing of automated wash systems,” says Fesmire. “We are very excited to have him on board and know that his vast experience will be a great asset to us.”


OSHKOSH, Wis. — Hollywood, Fla.-native Matthew Schlimgen recently joined Girbau Industrial (GI) as its North American technical manager, the company reports.

In his new role, Schlimgen provides technical leadership for GI, Continental Girbau Inc. and Girbau S.A.; manages GI’s North American technical service program; handles on-site coordination of GI industrial laundry product and system installations; provides post-sale technical support; and closely interfaces with the company’s product development and improvement teams.

A veteran field service manager, Schlimgen brings 14 years of industry experience, the company adds, having managed plant automation, performance, maintenance and repair. He also has overseen industrial laundry equipment and system installation, troubleshooting, programming and operations for machines such as system batch tunnel washers, water-extraction presses, shuttles, dryers, feeders, ironers and folders.

Prior to joining the company, Schlimgen served as chief plant engineer at Alsco and Crown Linen in Miami.

“Matt is a highly skilled manager with an excellent understanding of all technical aspects related to industrial laundry equipment and system operations,” says Mike Floyd, Continental president. “He is educated in electrical engineering and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an advanced aviation electronics specialist.”

“I am excited to be a part of the GI team,” says Schlimgen. “GI manufactures innovative laundry equipment that I stand proudly behind. I am committed to customer service and welcome the opportunity to assist our distributors and end-users with information and solutions related to technical equipment and industry standards.”


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