Changes in key plant operations and engineering management positions at MGP Ingredients (MGPI) Inc. have been announced. The new appointments reportedly are part of an overall plan to further strengthen the company’s operational innovation and excellence initiatives.
Roger Schmidt, who had served as general manager of the company’s Kansas City, Kan., plant since 2001, has been named general manager of MGPI’s production facility in Atchison. Todd Scheer, who principally has managed operations at the company’s Onaga, Kan., facility in recent months, succeeds Schmidt as general manager of the Kansas City plant. In other moves, Asif Malik has been appointed to the position of general manager of the company’s Pekin, Ill., plant, succeeding Dave Wilbur, who has assumed the new role of corporate director of special projects. In addition, Gordon Working has recently accepted the newly created position of corporate director of distillery process engineering.
According to the company, the organizational changes reflect the “evolution” as a producer of naturally-derived ingredients and alcohol products. The company’s product platforms and manufacturing capabilities have increased in recent years at its core operations in Atchison and Pekin, where it produces alcohol products and the majority of its proteins and starches, but also at its protein and starch further-processing facilities in Kansas City and Onaga.