SYRACUSE, N.Y. — J.B. Werner, CEO and chairman of the Board for G.A. Braun, a laundry equipment manufacturer based here, reports that Steve Wilbur, director of engineering and product development has retired after 13 years of service.
His successor, Ryan Blair, has been with the company since 2005.
“We wish Steve much enjoyment and relaxation as he embarks on the next chapter of his life and thank him for 13 years of dedication to team Braun,” says Werner.
The company says that Wilbur successfully led his team of engineers through numerous product design and development initiatives, ensuring the latest technology be incorporated into Braun’s washroom equipment.
He also authored several articles and presented on several technologies at various association meetings and events and has instructed at educational venues throughout the industry.
Blair started at G. A. Braun as dryer product engineer and was quickly promoted to lead engineer for dryer technology. After several years in that role, He was promoted to mechanical engineering manager for all washroom equipment including dryers, washers, batch tunnel washers, presses and conveyance equipment.
“We also congratulate Ryan on his promotion and are highly confident that with his leadership he will strongly complement our strategic business pursuits well into the future,” Werner adds.
The company says that one of Blair’s most significant achievements yielded him two U.S. Patents for the inner cylinder safety locking mechanism on the Braun Advantage® Side Loader. He also developed vastly improved dryer airflow designs and a new onboard lint collection system that garnered him his first U.S. Patent.
Blair holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.