AMF Bakery Systems Awarded U.S. Patent for Oven Chain Management System

Richmond, VA – September 8, 2017 

AMF Bakery Systems (AMF) today announced that the United States Patent Office has awarded the company a new patent (Patent 9,730,456) for the Guardian Oven Chain Management System. AMF’s Chain Management System monitors several important conditions of the oven chain extending the life of the chain while greatly reducing lubrication costs for traveling tray, tunnel, and continuous ovens. The Guardian Chain Management System can be easily applied to continuous final proofers, product coolers, conveyors or other bakery equipment with long lengths of chain.

The oven chain is recognized as the most critical part in a high-speed bread or bun bakery, as a chain failure can result in an astronomical loss in both repair costs and production downtime. AMF’s Guardian System allows bakery operators to easily determine thermal expansion of the chain, the power required to drive the chain, variations in chain tracking, tensioning pressure and distance, and hydraulic chain tensioning, all of which are unprecedented in oven technology.

“Predictable lubrication can save tens of thousands of dollars per year in lubricant,” mentioned Philip Domenicucci, Thermal Product Manager for AMF.  “With proper maintenance, regular lubrication, and cleaning, it is possible to have oven chains running for upwards of 30 years or more. Conversely, if a chain is poorly maintained the life span can be reduced to 1 to 2 years.”

AMF is known for its innovative, high performance approach to thermal solutions. This patent further solidifies the company’s position as a pioneer in proofing, baking, and cooling solutions.

About AMF Bakery Systems

AMF Bakery Systems is the world leader in bakery automation solutions supplying state-of-the-art commercial equipment for an ever-changing market. AMF’s systems set the standard in the baking industry providing complete solutions for the production of bread, buns, rolls, tortillas and English muffins. Along with the latest bakery innovation, AMF provides expert design and applications engineering, production expertise, full-system integration, project management, installation, training and lifetime parts and service support. AMF Bakery Systems serves its customers as a proud member of the Markel Food Group, a subsidiary of Markel Ventures.

Markel Food Group Hires Slobodan Djukic as Vice President, MFG Business System

Richmond, VA – September 6, 2017 

Global leader in automated food processing solutions, the Markel Food Group, today announced the appointment of Slobodan Djukic as vice president, Markel Food Group Business System (MBS).

As vice president, Mr. Slobodan will lead the aggressive implementation of the business system throughout the family of companies. Slobodan joins the manufacturing group with 10 years of experience utilizing and implementing the Danaher/Fortive Business System at Pacific Scientific, a company committed to supporting businesses with essential technologies.

“I find Slobodan to be a uniquely engaging person with deep experience in this critical area for our continued success,” stated Markel Food Group CEO Ken Newsome. “He will work to further develop our business system and ensure that each of our companies around the world operates under the guidance of these shared values and critical processes.”

Slobodan earned his degree in Economics from Arizona State University. He has spent his career guiding teams through lean manufacturing, policy deployment, value stream mapping, statistical process control, and other process improvement efforts.

Slobodan will be based at the Markel Food Group headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.

About Markel Food Group

The Markel Food Group family of companies (www.markelfoodgroup.com) includes AMF Bakery Systems (www.amfbakery.com), Reading Bakery Systems (www.readingbakery.com), Tromp Group (www.trompgroup.nl), and Solbern (www.solbern.com). The companies serve as market leaders in the manufacturing and design of automated food processing equipment for the production of bread, bun, baked snacks, cakes, pizza, pastries, and other specialty baking products.

The Markel Food Group companies are subsidiaries under Markel Ventures, Inc., (www.markelventures.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL).

AMF Hires Global Human Resources Director

Richmond, VA – July 7, 2017 – International bakery equipment manufacturer AMF Bakery Systems today announced the appointment of Monika Eiden as global human resources director. Eiden will be based in AMF’s Richmond, Virginia headquarters and will report to company president, Jason Ward.

In her role, Eiden will lead the development, implementation, and oversight of common talent management processes across all AMF sites and teammates worldwide.

An accomplished human resource professional, Eiden joins AMF Bakery Systems from WestRock, where she provided leadership and support to ~1,000 employees globally including talent management, organizational development, performance management, compensation, workforce planning, recruitment, and employee relations.

“We are pleased to welcome Monika to the AMF family and delighted that a professional with such experience and passion for talent management and development will be taking on this important role,” mentioned Ward.

Eiden earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University having graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

About AMF Bakery Systems

AMF Bakery Systems is the world leader in bakery automation solutions supplying state-of-the-art commercial bakery equipment for an ever-changing market. AMF’s systems set the standard in the baking industry providing complete solutions for bread, buns, rolls, tortillas and English muffins. Along with the latest bakery innovation, AMF provides expert design and applications engineering, production expertise, full-system integration, project management, installation, training and lifetime parts and service support. AMF Bakery Systems serves its customers as a proud member of the Markel Food Group.

AMF Hires General Manager for Tucker Facility

Richmond, VA – April 18, 2017 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today the appointment of Jamie Bryan as General Manager of AMF Bake-Tech in Tucker, Georgia. Bryan will be responsible for leading the Tucker teammates as they design, engineer, and manufacture the industry-leading Bake-Tech Continuous Proofer, Oven, Cooler, and Conveying Systems.

Bryan joins AMF Bakery Systems from Manchester Tank, a pressure vessel manufacturer, where as General Manager he focused on reducing lead times, improving production efficiency, and driving improvements to reduce quality issues and product defects.

“Coming from outside the baking industry, Jamie brings fresh thinking and strong leadership experience with engineered-to-order manufacturing and custom engineering businesses,” said Colin Powell, Global Vice President of Operations for AMF Bakery Systems. “He has a track record of success developing high performing teams and delivering exceptional business results. With his knowledge and experience in continuous improvement principles, Jamie will play an important role in leading our Tucker team on the MarkeLean journey.”

Bryan has a Master of Business Administration from Kent University. He also achieved a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering during his continuing education from Purdue University.

 

About AMF Bakery Systems

AMF Bakery Systems is the world leader in bakery automation solutions supplying state-of-the-art commercial bakery equipment for an ever-changing market. AMF’s systems set the standard in the baking industry providing complete solutions for bread, buns, rolls, tortillas and English muffins. Along with the latest bakery innovation, AMF provides expert design and applications engineering, production expertise, full-system integration, project management, installation, training and lifetime parts and service support. AMF Bakery Systems serves its customers as a proud member of the Markel Food Group.

Jason Ward Promoted to President of AMF Bakery Systems

Richmond, VA – February 21, 2017 – AMF Bakery Systems, the global leader in bakery automation solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Ward to President, effective immediately. In this new role, Ward will continue to manage the company’s day to day operations while creating and delivering the company’s vision and overall mission.

Ward joined AMF Bakery Systems in 2011 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, leading the expansion of the company’s international sales and global brand awareness. Ward stepped into an executive leadership role as Executive Vice President in August of 2015.

“As my role has expanded with the continued growth of the Markel Food Group, Jason has effectively been running AMF for these past two years,”” said Ken Newsome, CEO of Markel Food Group, in announcing the promotion. “Jason has been an outstanding leader and a tremendous asset in the long-term planning for AMF with our acceleration of product innovation and market expansion.  I am confident he will continue to drive AMF’s position as the leader in the industry as we further expand our reach while improving the value of AMF’s offerings to customers worldwide.”

“I am honored for the opportunity to lead this extraordinary team,” said Ward. “As we move forward our focus will be helping our baker customers around the world succeed and investing in new technology and talent that enables us to provide differentiated solutions and capabilities to the baking industry.” Ward will continue to work alongside the leadership of Markel Food Group partners, Reading Bakery Systems and Tromp Group, to provide bakery customers with the most expansive portfolio of innovative process solutions.

AMF Strengthens Customer Support in Upper Midwest

AMF WELCOMES JAMIE HANKINS AS REGIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR THE UPPER MIDWEST

Richmond, VA – February 9, 2017 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today Jamie Hankins will join the company as Regional Account Manager for the Upper Midwest, North American sales team. Formerly Senior Account Manager for Baker Thermal Solutions, Hankins will utilize his proficiency in systems engineering and project management to offer enhanced sales and customer service support to AMF customers throughout the region.
A 33-year industry veteran, Hankins has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout the baking industry including Baker Perkins, APV Baker, Turkington Engineering, and most recently Baker Thermal Solutions. “A large portion of my career has been centered around engineering and project management. I have served as Systems Engineering Manager, Applications Engineering Manager, and Account Management in Canada, Eastern U.S., Mexico, and Latin America,” noted Hankins.
“I am thrilled to have Jamie join our sales team. We continue to attract the most talented people as our company grows,” said Scott Bieker, AMF’s Vice President of Sales, North America. “We are well positioned to continue our growth throughout North America and Jamie’s notable experience and passion will be a huge compliment to that growth.”
Hankins will relocate to Chicago, IL to better serve bakers in the Chicago and Upper Midwest areas. Utilizing his experience and bakery process knowledge, Hankins will drive success in the region by supporting bakery customers, the professional baking industry, and his fellow AMF teammates.

AMF Bakery Systems Partners with DK Engineering

AMF Announces Partnership with DK Engineering To Better Serve East-African Region

Gorinchem, Netherlands – December 12, 2016 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today a partnership with DK Engineering in an effort to better serve customers throughout the East-African market. DK Engineering, provides mixers, rack ovens, conveyors, cooling racks, and bread slicers, among other automated food production solutions.

With over 30-years of experience in the bakery business, DK Engineering brings with it a large network of long-established relationships throughout East Africa. With offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda, DK Engineering will help foster relationships with existing and potential customers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

“Partnering with DK Engineering will ensure that AMF continues to provide the most efficient after-sales and service support to these East-African countries,” mentioned Koen Van Gestel, Regional Account Manager for AMF Bakery Systems. Alongside AMF’s service team, DK Engineering will support bread and bun bakers throughout East Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa with installation, parts, and service support to maintain AMF systems for maximum production with minimal downtime.

 

Announcing Vice President Global Operations

AMF Announces Promotion of Colin Powell to Vice President of Global Operations

Richmond, VA – April 1, 2016 – AMF Bakery Systems announced today the promotion of Colin Powell to Vice President Global Operations for AMF Bakery Systems. Powell will be responsible for leading all aspects of solution delivery including Operations, Project Management, and Customer Service to commercial bakers worldwide.

A 17-year company veteran, Powell has served in a variety of management positions at AMF’s headquarters in Richmond, VA culminating in his role leading Operations for the Richmond plant. With the rapid growth and development throughout the Asia Pacific market and the proliferation of low-cost manufacturing in China, Colin agreed to lead AMF’s Asia Pacific Operations, beginning in 2005.

“Colin was faced with an enormous challenge of leading the Commercial Operations at AMF’s Tianjin plant in addition to our Singapore customer service office, and the broader Asia Pacific sales team,” said Jason Ward, AMF’s Executive Vice President, in announcing the promotion. “Thanks to his leadership and the strong team he has built in the region, we have developed a thriving manufacturing base in China and are well positioned to continue our growth throughout Asia Pacific as well as other emerging markets.”

Powell will serve on AMF’s Senior Leadership Team focusing on driving operational excellence across AMF’s multiple manufacturing facilities and delivering a common, exceptional customer experience from installation and start-up through aftermarket services and support.