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New chief technology officer for Barry-Wehmiller Companies

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

General Barry-Wehmiller Companies chief technology officer Robert Richards

To be responsible for strategic technology standards and more.

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., has announced the promotion of Robert Richards to the position of chief technology officer.

“Robert has distinguished himself as the architect of our global enterprise infrastructure which has grown dramatically over the past 20 years. He has done a phenomenal job balancing the ongoing introduction of new technologies with the demand for secure and timely access to information,” says Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. chief information officer Craig Hergenroether.

Richard’s career spans more than 25 years in IT (information technology), supporting networks and communication technology. He began his career with Barry-Wehmiller in 1994 where he has been the chief architect of the organization’s global infrastructure, connecting more than 60 sites.

“Robert prefers to think about those 60 sites in terms of the number of people at the end of them—more than 6,500 individuals across the globe who have the capability to interact,” states Hergnroether.


Richards is responsible for setting strategic technology standards, security, data communications, voice communications and insuring the smooth integration of all Barry-Wehmiller business units.

“Robert firmly believes and practices the leadership and service concepts that form the foundation of our (people-centric leadership) model. He serves as a professor for Barry-Wehmiller University but, most importantly, Robert has mentored many other leaders and associates who benefit from his passion in this area,” says Hergenroether. “Through his leadership, a network of exceptional professionals all over the world work cohesively.”

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology solutions in packaging, corrugating and paper converting across a broad spectrum of industries via nine interactive divisions: Accraply, Inc., a leading manufacturer of automatic labeling and label converting and finishing systems; Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., a premier supplier of manufacturing automation, facility design, and other engineering consulting services; Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), a global provider of business and technology solutions to the mid-market manufacturing domain; FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of automated can end and product handling equipment, advanced conveyance technology, palletizers, depalletizers, and process equipment; HayssenSandiacre, a form/fill/seal technologies and services leader for more than 100 years; MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a leading manufacturer of equipment for the corrugated and folded carton industries; Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), providing high-performance converting machinery for the global tissue, non-wovens, package printing, and envelope manufacturing industries; PneumaticScaleAngelus, a global provider for filling, capping, can seaming, labeling, centrifugation, orienter and wet case detectors; and Thiele Technologies, Inc., a leading producer of placing, feeding, bagging, cartoning, case packing, robotic, premade bag and pouch, and palletizing equipment.

In fiscal year 2012, Barry-Wehmiller leveraged a strategic combination of organic and acquisition growth to achieve revenues surpassing $1.5 billion. Barry-Wehmiller now employs nearly 6,000 team members in more than 65 locations worldwide.

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