Leonard Automatics Promotes Farnsworth to Plant Manager

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Experience spans life-cycle of equipment builds, company says

DENVER, N.C. — Equipment manufacturer Leonard Automatics has promoted Mark Farnsworth to the position of plant manager, the company reports.

The company says Farnsworth spent the last two years as the lead project manager in charge of fully managing customer orders. This role required him to work very closely with the Leonard sales team and its base.

The experience allowed Farnsworth to be involved with the entire life-cycle of equipment builds at Leonard, from the initial sales order, to purchasing, engineering, to production, shipping, installation, and fulfillment of the project.   

“The hands-on knowledge that Mark gained during his time as project manager provided him with the tools and experience to start his new role as our plant manager, and we are excited to have him on our team,” says Scott Abernethy, general manager.

Leonard says Farnsworth spent 20 years as chief engineer with Seneca Foods in Rochester, Minn., running unlimited horsepower boilers, water feed systems and compressors. 

Prior to that, Farnsworth was in the U.S. Navy for six years, working as a gas turbine specialist.

“Mark brings a continuous improvement mentality,” says Greg Watson, president. “He is process-driven, has excellent attention to detail, and possesses the interpersonal skills to manage a diverse workforce.”

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