Penn Machine Co. Names Kevin Frich as Vice President of Operations

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa., July 28, 2021 – Penn Machine Co. (PMC), a supplier of OEM and aftermarket wheels, wheelsets, trucks, axles, and gears and gearboxes for transit, railroad, and industrial/mining applications, has named Kevin Frich as vice president of operations. Frich will oversee the manufacturing, sourcing, purchasing, production planning, quality, and human resources department at PMC. He will establish strategic and tactical plans to improve operations, reduce/eliminate waste, and improve key performance metrics such as safety, on-time delivery, lead-time, first pass quality and productivity/efficiencies company wide.

Prior to joining PMC, Frich was plant manager at Marmon Foodservice Technologies in Glendale Heights, Ill. There he oversaw all production activities, manufacturing engineering, facilities/equipment maintenance, quality, safety, and other disciplines. He also was site leader and plant manager at Pioneer Metal Finishing in New Hope, Minn., where he supervised daily operations at this certified AS9100 and NAADCAP facility.

Frich has a bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance.

“We’re pleased that Kevin will lead the implementation of standardized processes, instill a metrics-driven approach, and help create a culture of continuous improvement, enabling future growth at PMC,” says Craig Burriss, VP of Operations, Marmon Industrial Gear Group.

Penn Machine Co. (PMC) was founded in 1920 as a coal company and pioneered the manufacture of quality replacement parts for coal mining equipment. Over the past century, PMC, a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway company, has grown to become a major supplier of heavy-duty OEM and aftermarket components, parts, and services for transit, railroad, mining, steel, construction, and general industrial applications domestically and internationally. PMC is comprised of three market-focused stand-alone business units: Transit, Locomotive, and Industrial/Mining, with operations in Johnstown and Blairsville, Pa. PMC is a member of Chicago-based Marmon Group LLC, an international association of more than 150 companies that operate independently within diverse business sectors. Marmon is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A; BRK-B).

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