The board of directors of Webster Industries Inc. has elected Andrew J. Felter as corporate president and chief operating officer.
Felter replaces Fred Spurck as president. Spurck served as president and CEO for the past 27 years. The board also elected Spurck as chairman of the board and CEO.
Felter assumed operational duties of Webster Industries effective Monday. Felter has been employed by Webster for 17 years in the positions of controller and most recently as vice president of manufacturing for the last six years.
Spurck's role will be one of strategic development and counsel to the president. The board acknowledged his long tenure and stewardship of the company while expressing confidence in the leadership of Felter to continue the success Webster Industries has had under Spurck's tenure.
The board and Spurck also noted the other officers Dean Bogner, vice president of sales; Chris English, vice president of finance; and treasurer and Steve Rhoad, vice president of engineering are vital contributors to the company's success and have been helpful in the transition of the presidency of Webster Industries.
Webster Industries, which has an employee stock ownership plan, is a manufacturer of engineered class conveying chains, vibrating conveyors and malleable iron castings used primarily in the material handling industry. The company is headquartered in Tiffin with additional facilities in Meridian, Miss., and Tualatin, Ore. The company has been in business since 1876 and been in Tiffin for the last 103 years. Webster now employs more than 225 people and is a leading manufacturer in the engineered class conveying chain industry.