CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group Leadership Transition

After 15 years of exceptional service, Sam Ferrise has decided to retire. Sam served as President of CLARCOR Engine Mobile Group (EMG) since 2014 and as President of Baldwin Filters for 13 years prior to that. His leadership, industry expertise, enthusiasm and passion will be missed by all privileged to work with him.

Sam will be remembered for expanding Baldwin’s business into international and OE markets, as well as his many technological and operational achievements. “Sam Ferrise, more than any other individual, has been responsible for CLARCOR’s growth and outstanding financial performance over the last 15 years. Under Sam’s leadership, Baldwin Filters and our associated engine/mobile businesses have enjoyed tremendous growth and success,” stated Christopher L. Conway, CLARCOR’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

In his retirement, Sam is looking forward to enjoying time with his wife Kay, children and grandchildren.

CLARCOR appointed Jacob Thomas as the new President of the CLARCOR Engine Mobile Filtration Group in September 2015. Mr. Thomas has global responsibility for leading the Engine/Mobile Filtration segment of CLARCOR.

Mr. Conway stated “Jacob’s entire career has been focused on growing businesses in the engine/mobile sector for some of the most respected and well known public companies in the world. His strong leadership skills, demonstrated performance in both OEM and aftermarket businesses and international experience are exactly what we need to help us grow our Engine/Mobile Filtration segment around the globe.”

Prior to joining CLARCOR, Mr. Thomas served as President of the Diaphragm and Dosing Pumps Group of IDEX Corporation where he managed a portfolio of businesses including Warren Rupp. Before that, Mr. Thomas spent seven years in executive roles for Terex Corporation, including President of Terex Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Thomas also worked nine years for Navistar International Corporation in a series of senior positions, including Vice President of Navistar’s Big Bore Diesel Engines business unit. He also held positions with Case Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

CLARCOR EMG is a leader in the design, manufacture and supply of original equipment and aftermarket fuel, air, oil and hydraulic filtration products for a wide range of engine mobile applications. Product brands in the CLARCOR EMG portfolio include Baldwin Filters, Hastings Premium Filters, Clark Filter and Stanadyne Fuel Additives.

Hastings Premium Filters Honored by Federated Auto Parts

Award Presentation

Phil Kommers (left), Vice President, Hastings Aftermarket Sales, accepts the Vendor of the Year for Order Fill award from Roy Kent, Vice President, Federated Auto Parts.

May 2014

Hastings Premium Filters recently received Vendor of the Year for Order Fill from Federated Auto Parts. The award was presented at the Federated national meeting held April 30 – May 2 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak in Phoenix, AZ.

The Vendor of the Year – Order Fill award was awarded based on voting by the Federated members and is presented to the vendor which has provided the highest percent of order fill to the members. Hastings has earned this honor four of the past seven years. Hastings was also recognized for its support of Federated's National Car Care Program.

Phil Kommers, Hastings Vice President Aftermarket Sales, along with Hastings Regional Sales Managers Tom Feery, Greg Hopkins, Terry Makinster and Jim Preller, attended the Federated meeting.

"It is indeed an honor to be recognized by the members of Federated as a vendor of the year," said Phil Kommers, Hastings Vice President Aftermarket Sales. "Federated members are great partners, and we appreciate being recognized as a key supplier."

In addition to being on hand for the awards ceremony on May 1st, the Hastings sales team met with individual Federated members during one-on-one meetings to discuss the Hastings brand.

Federated Auto Parts, which is headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distributor marketing groups in North America.

Hastings Premium Filters Plans Expansion

Hastings Premium Filters' manufacturing operations continue to grow in its Kearney, NE, Gothenburg, NE, and Yankton, SD, facilities.

With this growth comes the need for additional space at its Kearney, NE headquarters location. Hastings plans a Spring 2013 groundbreaking for a new 400,000 square foot Distribution Center which will be located to the east of its Kearney facility. Distribution operations in the current 110,000 sq. ft. distribution center, built in 1998, have exceeded capacity, spurring the need for additional space.

"The primary use of the expansion will be to improve distribution operations, consolidate off-site rental space and reorganize the current facility to improve manufacturing operations," said Sam Ferrise, President of Hastings.

"This is a very large undertaking and represents a substantial, $40 million investment for Hastings. It's indicative of our continued commitment to the Kearney area, and should have a significant economic impact for some time to come," said Ferrise. "Hastings has continued to grow, driving the need for this expansion."

The expansion will create a construction zone adjacent to and east of Hastings Filters, and will utilize the land made available as a result of the 2008 relocation of Airport Road. With the expansion, Hastings' corporate headquarters will encompass nearly one million square feet.

"The City of Kearney, along with Buffalo County, has been very supportive of our plans to expand, and we deeply appreciate their support," said Dan Schulte, Hastings' Vice President of Operations. "Every effort will be made to minimize disturbance to traffic patterns and access during the construction process."

The project has received corporate approval from Hastings Filters' parent company, CLARCOR, Inc., as well as the approval of CLARCOR's Board of Directors.