Moline Forge Inc., a long-time manufacturing firm in Moline, IL, announced that Victor Almgren assumed the position of President of the company as of November 1.  Almgren succeeds Mike Schmooke, who served as President since 2008 and will be retiring after 47 years with Moline Forge. Schmooke will serve as an advisor to the President through January, 2017.

Tom Getz, M.D., chairman of the board of directors, says, “We’re very pleased to welcome Vic Almgren as our new president. With his educational background and manufacturing history, he brings a wealth of experience to the job. We’re confident that he will be able to lead us into the future as we begin our second 100 years at Moline Forge. Vic will be just the 6th president of the company in its 101-year-history.”

Almgren has twenty years experience in manufacturing in a variety of roles including R&D, engineering, sales, operations, and general management. He spent fifteen years with MacLean-Fogg Company of Mundelein, IL, a global producer of metal and plastic products for the automotive, industrial, and electrical markets. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Operations for Clysar, LLC, a packaging film manufacturer in Clinton, IA. Almgren lives with his wife and three children in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Almgren earned a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He later earned a M.S. in Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

 “I am excited and honored to lead Moline Forge into the future,” says Almgren. “As a company that is more than 100 years old with a strong, loyal customer base, there is tremendous opportunity to grow the business and improve the operation. As long as we are smart, fast, and flexible, Moline Forge will remain a vital supplier to our key customers, and a company that contributes to the community for many years to come.”

Moline Forge is a leading Midwest manufacturer of high-quality forgings, primarily for the agricultural and transportation industries. In 1915 Harry Ainsworth and his family, then the owners of Williams-White & Company of Moline, established Moline Forge as a separate company to supply military forgings to the Allies during World War I.  One hundred and one years later, the company is still privately held by members of the Ainsworth and Getz families, with three of those descendants serving on the board of directors.

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