Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA) announced two key management appointments: President Jerry Rex was named president and chief executive officer, and Dale Hedberg was promoted to vice president of operations.
Methods’ board appointed Rex as president and CEO of the company, after having served as president over the past year. Prior to that, he was Methods’ chief operating officer.
“With his strong skill set, machine tool industry knowledge and energetic management approach, we are looking forward to moving the company ahead through his continued leadership, positioning Methods as the industry’s leading supplier of machine tool technology and automation for our customers throughout North America,” said Scott McIver, Methods chairman and third-generation owner.
Rex has an extensive amount of machine tool industry and leadership experience, including hands-on manufacturing, engineering, sales, and executive management. He has served for many years as a member of The Association for Manufacturing Technology board and as chairman of AMT’s board of directors until April 1, 2016. He has carried the CMTSE designation since 1997 and remains an active committee member.
Spanning 40 years, Rex’s manufacturing career began with a machinist position at GE Locomotive and he steadily rose from roles in engineering and applications to production and sales management, and executive positions at manufacturers and machine tool organizations. Before joining Methods, he served as executive vice president of Concept Machine Tools (Minneapolis).
Prior to that, Rex was president of Hegman Machinery LLC, a Morris Group Co., from 2013 to 2015. For the 20 years prior, he held roles including president of Morris South (Charlotte, NC), vice president of Gosiger Inc. (Dayton, OH) and regional manager of J&H Machine Tools (Richmond, VA).
Hedberg was promoted from director/national product manager to vice president of operations. He is now responsible for all of Methods’ operations including production, shipping/receiving, inside sales, trade shows, and continuous improvement. A machine tool industry veteran, Hedberg has been a Methods’ employee for nearly 20 years in engineering positions, and most recently as product manager for a high-performance CNC machining line. Prior to Methods, Hedberg was production manager at a tooling systems company for 10 years.
“Dale’s proven skills for strategically managing Methods’ product lines and a deep knowledge of Methods’ infrastructure, as well as his extensive machine tool experience, made his promotion to vice president of operations a logical one,” Rex said. “He will play a key role on our management team.”
In addition to these management moves, 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of Methods’ founding. To commemorate its anniversary milestone, Methods will be hosting open houses, holding technology events and introducing new product lines throughout the year.
Established in November 1958 with three employees and a few refurbished machines, Methods has grown into an innovative high-precision machine tool supplier for North America with roughly 350 employees, eight sales and technology centers and more than 35,000 machines installed throughout North America, ranging from EDM machines to sophisticated 5-axis CNC machining centers to the latest in robotics and automation.