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Longtime West Michigan manufacturing government retiring

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After 32 years, longtime Autocam Company government Tom O’Mara is retiring.

O’Mara, government vp on the firm, plans to step down on the finish of the yr, the manufacturing and medical machine firm introduced in a information launch. He’ll stay in an advisory function with the corporate past his retirement.

In a press release, he thanked Autocam Medical President and CEO John Kennedy.

“I’m proud and extremely blessed to have had the chance to signify the Kennedy household and the hard-working associates of each Autocam Company and Autocam Medical all through the previous 32 years,” he stated. “As I take a step again from my full-time function, I look ahead to supporting the enterprise as an adviser whereas having fun with extra time with my household, particularly my spouse, Darcy, who has been extremely supportive all through my profession.”

Kennedy launched Autocam Medical in 2009 as a by-product of Autocam Corp. He offered Autocam Corp., an auto elements provider, in 2014 to NN, Inc. of Johnson Metropolis, Tenn. in a deal valued at $300 million.

Autocam Medical creates a variety of merchandise, together with plates and screws utilized in shoulder implants in addition to drills and different instruments used for surgical procedures. It employs about 230 individuals in West Michigan, and has crops in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in addition to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It additionally has areas in China and Brazil.

Final yr, the corporate began development on a brand new plant at 3607 Broadmoor Ave. SE in Kentwood. The plant is a $60 million funding that’s anticipated to lead to 250 new jobs by 2024, the corporate stated.

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In a information launch, Autocam stated O’Mara helped lead the corporate during times of serious progress.

In 2005, the corporate’s gross sales totaled $400 million, up from $15 million in 1989, the corporate stated. O’Mara assumed management of enterprise improvement for Autocam Medical, the place he helped oversee the corporate’s progress from $15 million in 2007 to a projected $170 million this yr.

Along with O’Mara’s retirement, the corporate introduced that Sara McMurray has been named vp of gross sales and advertising and marketing at Autocam. She has 23 years of gross sales and administration expertise, and beforehand labored with Lansing-based Premier Thermal Options earlier than becoming a member of Autocam this yr.

“I’m very excited to hitch the Autocam Medical workforce,” she stated in a press release. “I look ahead to constructing upon the corporate’s spectacular success and bringing my ardour and perspective to the workforce as we work to attain the corporate’s aggressive progress plans.”

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