MANITOWOC, Wis. -- The Manitowoc Foodservice Group has appointed Michael J. Kachmer as president. Kachmer replaces Timothy J. Kraus, who retired at the end of 2006 after 18 years with Manitowoc.
Kachmer joins Manitowoc from Culligan International Co., where he had held executive positions since 2000 and most recently served as COO. Kachmer has held executive and operations roles in a number of global manufacturing companies, including Ball Corp. and Firestone Tire & Rubber.
Mike brings an outstanding professional background [image-nocss] to the Foodservice Group, said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc's chairman and CEO. His combination of operations, marketing and finance skills are a great fit for this important position. In particular, Mike's experience in using the voice of the customer' process to deliver solutions to the restaurant, healthcare and other commercial markets will add immediate value to the Foodservice Group.
The Manitowoc Foodservice Group is a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Co., Manitowoc, Wis. It offers a line of cold-focused foodservice equipment including ice machines, ice/beverage dispensers and commercial refrigeration equipment. Business divisions include Manitowoc Ice, Kolpak, McCall Refrigeration, Servend, Multiplex and Harford.
The parent company, The Manitowoc Co. Inc. is a provider of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. It is also a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair, and conversion services for government, military and commercial customers throughout the U. S. maritime industry.