Ottman Named President of R.W. Martin & Sons Inc.

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R.W. Martin says new President Charles Ottman has more than 26 years of leadership experience and a strong background in managing nearly every facet of operations in an industrial manufacturing company. (Photo: R.W. Martin & Sons Inc.)

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Joined company in 2005, has held sales, operations positions

KENT, Ohio — Charles Ottman has been named president of R.W. Martin & Sons Inc., a North American remanufacturer and provider of commercial laundry machinery and auxiliary plant support equipment solutions for the textile care and process water industries, the company reports.

R.W. Martin says Ottman has more than 26 years of experience in leadership and a strong background in managing nearly every facet of operations in an industrial manufacturing company. He joined the company in 2005, holding various sales and operations-related positions including general manager, before being appointed vice president in 2011, then director in 2014.

“We are incredibly excited to have Chip step into this role. His passion for serving customers, and deep experience leading through his focus and discipline are hallmarks of his leadership,” says Shawn Martin, board member and past president of R.W. Martin, who will continue in the role of chief executive officer. “His valuable experience, judgment and natural ability to foster a positive culture will lead the company through its next chapter of growth and continued success.”

As president, Ottman will be responsible for the corporation’s overall organization and operations to further enhance customer experience as the company pursues a range of core market growth opportunities, according to R.W. Martin.   

“For the past 47 years, R.W. Martin has played a leading role in the textile care industry with technology, equipment and unparalleled support,” says Ottman. “Going forward, our focus is two-fold: A relentless focus on improving internal systems, freeing up our team members to focus on our primary mission, increasing our value to our customers. In addition, we are committed to providing transparency with our customers to ensure our relationships are committed partnerships.”

Prior to joining R.W. Martin, Ottman served as general manager of Thermovation Engineering, where he managed the engineering, manufacturing, sales and service departments in the design, construction and integration of large-scale capital equipment projects.

Ottman resides in Stow, Ohio, with his wife, Alison, and their two daughters.

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