Nathan CW Smith named Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer of Smith Foundry
Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 1, 2017 – Smith Foundry Company announced an addition to their leadership team. Effective immediately, Nathan CW Smith has been promoted to Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Smith Foundry Company. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for all operations of the company, from foundry to front-office.
Prior to joining Smith Foundry in a Business Development role, Smith had served as General Manager for Element Materials Technology in St. Paul, Minnesota; he has also held leadership positions with United Technologies, Otoka Energy, and Best Buy. He earned both an MS and an MBA from Indiana University. Smith is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a Surface Warfare Officer on board the U.S.S. John Paul Jones, the U.S.S Bonhomme Richard and at Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, CA.
In the words of Neil Ahlstrom, President and CEO of Smith Foundry, “Nate’s promotion is the final step in our long-term succession plan which is aimed at providing a smooth transition of company management to the next generation. I believe Nate’s education, background, and past leadership positions have prepared him well to lead Smith Foundry in the future. He has pledged to continue the traditions that have made Smith successful over the past 90+ years and is committed to leading the company to greater success and growth in the coming years. We are pleased to have Nate at the helm; and along with other management and personnel changes that have already been put in place, we are well positioned for success in the future.”
About Smith Foundry Company
Smith System Heating Company got its start in 1905 manufacturing pot belly stoves and then purchased a small gray iron foundry in Minneapolis which became Smith Foundry. In 1988, Neil Ahlstrom, a third generation manager of the company, purchased the foundry from the Smith Family. The company has continuously placed a high priority on establishing and maintaining long-term partnerships with a diverse customer base. Smith Foundry prides itself on providing value-added services such as design assistance, technical assistance on engineering and metallurgy, and casting conversion to its customer base.