In memoriam: Leland Emerson Boren

Leland Emerson Boren, an industrialist, farmer and philanthropist, died Nov. 23, 2018, at the age of 95. Boren served as chairman, president and CEO of Avis Industrial Corp., Upland, Indiana, until his death. Avis owns American Baler, Bellevue, Ohio, and Harris, Cordele, Georgia, among other companies.

According to the obituary posted at the website of Anderson, Indiana-based Rozelle Johnson Funeral Service, Boren was born in Owensville, Indiana, to Doyle and Esther Boren April 2, 1923. Prior to graduating high school, he began working as a heat treat specialist with the Nicholson File Co. and remained there until 1945, when he began working for Pierce Governor Co. Inc. He eventually became president of the company in 1958.

Boren became the president and a director of Avis Industrial in 1969. He was elected the company’s chairman of the board in 1983. In addition to his roles as chairman, president and CEO of Avis, Boren served as president of PHD Inc., with locations Fort Wayne and Huntington, Indiana, since 2010.

Throughout his career, Boren has served on the boards of various manufacturing companies and played an active role in the growth of the banking industry in Indiana, his obituary notes.

Boren received honorary doctorates from four universities (Taylor, Anderson, Indiana Wesleyan and Ball State). He is the recipient of four Sagamores of the Wabash, the highest honor the governor of Indiana bestows upon a citizen of the state.

He is survived by his sons, Lael (Polly) Boren of Upland and Landrew (Lana) Boren of Hughes Springs, Texas; daughter, Lori Meyers of Marion; his sister, Lucille Ashby of Anderson; nephews, David Ashby of Anderson and Dennis Ashby of Glen Ellen, Illinois; and grandchildren, Andrew Bowser, Samy Bowser, Kenny Meyers, Karan Meyers, Katelyn Boren and Luke Boren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, LaRita Rae (Gibbs) Boren, and his brother-in-law, Duane Gibbs.

Eriez announces management, director promotions

Eriez, Erie, Pennsylvania, has promoted Tim Gland to the newly created position of vice president and general manager and Jaisen Kohmuench to the newly created position of senior director of Asia-Pacific operations and strategies.


Gland has been with the company since 2014, serving mostly as director of Erie operations. As vice president and general manager, he will continue to serve as a member of the company’s corporate executive team while expanding his leadership role as he oversees all Eriez U.S. operations.

“In his time at Eriez, Tim has been instrumental in improving production, quality and processes throughout the company, especially in terms of our growing Xtreme metal detection and Quick Ship programs,” Tim Shuttleworth, CEO of Eriez, says.

Before joining Eriez, Gland worked for Lord Corp. as director of chemical and mechanical operations. He was responsible for multiple manufacturing facilities in North America. He graduated from Purdue University and went on to obtain a master’s degree in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University.

In his new role as senior director of Asia-Pacific operations and strategies, Kohmuench, who has been with Eriez for nearly two decades, will serve as part of the company’s corporate executive team.

He has held numerous titles during his tenure with Eriez. He most recently concluded a three-year expatriate post as managing director of Eriez-Australia. As senior director of Asia-Pacific operations and strategy, Kohmuench’s expanded responsibilities include operational and strategic leadership for all Eriez Asia-Pacific subsidiaries, which consist of Australia, China and Japan.


“Jaisen’s extraordinary knowledge and expertise in Asia-Pacific markets, combined with his incredible drive and superior management skills, will be instrumental in taking our business to the next level in this area of the world,” says Lukas Guenthardt, executive vice president of strategy and development at Eriez. “We are confident that his contributions, both as senior director of Asia-Pacific operations and strategy and as a member of our corporate executive team, will have a tremendous positive impact on Eriez’s overall success.”

Kohmuench attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a doctorate in mining and minerals engineering. He also is a certified professional engineer.

During his career, Kohmuench has been the recipient of numerous awards and has written many technical papers, the company says. He recently co-chaired Eriez’s first Asian-Pacific Agents Conference (APAC) in Tianjin, China. This event brought together Eriez representatives and sales staff from Asia-Pacific markets to collaborate and strategize growth initiatives.

Eriez is a world authority in separation technologies. The company makes magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid recycling, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment.


Stadler America hires new territory sales manager

Stadler America, Colfax, North Carolina, has named Caylon Esposito as its new territory sales manager.

Esposito has more than 15 years of technical experience in industrial and commercial markets. His technical and engineering experience will focus on providing solutions for customers’ complex recycling needs, the company says.

“I am excited to join Stadler, which is a company that embodies my core values of putting the customer first, keeping my commitments and offering real innovative solutions,” Esposito says. “New systems and retrofits, regardless of the size and complexity, will be my focus.”

The company says Esposito’s skill set is a “perfect match” as Stadler aims to provide customers with total solutions. Prior to joining Stadler, he spent much of his career in the industrial equipment and systems integration arena, which will serve him well in the waste and recycling markets.

SERI appoints R2 director to lead standard development

SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), the Boulder, Colorado-based housing body for the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) Standard for electronics recyclers, has named Sean DeVries as R2 director.

The organization says his responsibilities include working with the R2 Technical Advisory Committee, leading the R2 Standard development process, providing guidance for standard implementation and educating stakeholder groups.

Before joining SERI, DeVries served as the director of the Recycler Qualification Office, an organization established to audit and approve reuse and recycling organizations under the industry-led end-of-life electronics recycling programs across Canada. He also led the development process for the country’s Electronics Reuse and Refurbishing Program and the Recycler Qualification Program.