Lummus Corporation Names Ben Hinnen as New Chief Executive Officer
In 2016, Lummus Corporation acquired System Solutions of Kentucky (SSK), a leading integrator of conveyor and sortation equipment for the postal, parcel, baggage, industrial, and cargo industries.
Lummus is recognized as the world leader in the supply of machinery and replacement parts for the cotton ginning industry. Lummus also manufactures and markets a limited line of equipment for the synthetic fiber industry. A separate division, Carver/Gump, provides processing equipment for the oilseed industry and separations products for the food industry.
Announcing the hire of Hinnen, Lummus Corporation's chairman, Phil DiIorio, stated on behalf of the Lummus board, "Ben brings a wealth of experience leading diverse businesses, has an outstanding leadership reputation, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the passion to build great businesses, all of which are critical in the evolution and transformation of Lummus and its subsidiaries. Working with Ben, we will continue to drive significant and sustainable growth. Further, we are actively focusing on value-added acquisitions globally."
Hinnen's career spans over two decades of experience across multiple industries, with a focus on management, strategy, sales and marketing leadership, innovation and commercialization, customer service, and M&A. Hinnen has led companies in varying phases of maturity through critical transformation periods. Prior to his work as the CEO and president of Fives Intralogistics Corp., Hinnen served as vice president and business unit manager at Swisslog for over 8 years, growing his business at 2X the market growth in both revenue and profits.
Looking forward to this new opportunity to serve as the Lummus CEO, Hinnen explains, "I am extremely excited to join Lummus during an important and exciting time. We will leverage the Lummus manufacturing and engineering strengths, with the significant demand in the intralogistics market that our company SSK is experiencing, and capture an even greater market share. With my passion to build great businesses, this is the perfect opportunity to combine my industry experience to build something truly great. I look forward to working with a strong team leading Lummus and its subsidiaries through the next phase of growth."
Described by colleagues as a "remarkable and charismatic leader" with a penchant for innovation and collaboration, Hinnen holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Colorado. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Hinnen resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and three children.
With a history dating back to 1863, Lummus Corporation, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, is the world's leading full-line supplier of machinery and replacement parts for the cotton ginning industry worldwide, operating under the Lummus, Consolidated, and Belt-Wide brands. The company also provides design, installation, field and technical service support for customers in the USA and throughout the world, serving the cotton, oilseed, and synthetic fiber industries. The company emphasizes a commitment to the highest level of quality, innovation and service, marketing products in more than 100 countries.
Founded in 2003, SSK is an entrepreneurial single-source material handling systems integrator in North America, driving high performance and productivity for logistics and e-commerce customers.
With a management team based in Louisville, Kentucky, the company provides design, installation, retrofitting, and technical services to customers across the world, with a focus on quality, efficiency, and performance.