Industrial parts manufacturer Timken is handing 31-year company veteran Michael J. Hill the task of retooling the company's increasingly global supply chain.
Canton, Ohio-based Timken, which makes ball bearings and other steel products for industries including heavy-duty trucks, named Hill vice president of supply chain management. He replaces Donna J. Demerling, who becomes senior vice president - quality and lean six sigma.
Hill moves into his position as the company is restructuring its automotive group, a division that lost money in the second quarter even as its industrial and steel groups reaped higher earnings on increased sales and stronger pricing. That restructuring may include more contract manufacturing in more distant locations, extending Timken's supply chains.
"As the company continues to grow, we are focused on optimizing our supply chain, from product development through production to customer delivery," said Glenn A. Eisenberg, executive vice president for finance and administration. "Mike's extensive experience and strong performance in global manufacturing, purchasing and logistics will serve him well as we continue the transformation of our supply chain."
Hill will be responsible for purchasing, order fulfillment, logistics and manufacturing strategy.
Trained as an engineer, Hill had overseen manufacturing at Timken's industrial group since 2000.