Mr. Van Kirk, 52, joined the Company as Director of Manufacturing in 2006, and was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Operations. In addition to his new responsibilities overseeing all non-administrative operations of the Company, he will retain direct responsibility for the Company's manufacturing functions. Mr. Van Kirk previously served as Manufacturing Manager and Manager of Product Development for the ChargeSource division of Comarco Wireless Technologies, a provider of power and charging functionality for popular electronic devices and wireless accessories, and as General Manager at Dynacast, a leader in precision die casting.
Harold A. ("Hal") Hurwitz, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Rick's tenure at Pro-Dex has been distinguished by cross-functional leadership, in which his responsibility for manufacturing was combined with responsibility for such integral areas as engineering, product line management and customer service. This breadth of experience, accompanied by his passion for customer-driven results, prudent cost control and personal accountability, positions him perfectly for the company-wide leadership embodied in his expanded role as COO."
"I have been, and continue to be, privileged to work with the dedicated leaders and associates of Pro-Dex," said Mr. Van Kirk. "I look forward to collaborating with Hal and the management team in continuing the rebuilding of our company for the benefit of all of its stakeholders."
Pro-Dex, Inc., with operations in California and Oregon, specializes in the design, development and manufacture of powered rotary drive surgical and dental instruments used primarily in the orthopedic, spine, maxocranial facial and dental markets. Its OMS division designs and manufactures embedded motion control systems serving the medical, dental, semi-conductor and scientific research markets. Pro-Dex's products are found in hospitals, dental offices, medical engineering labs, scientific research facilities and high tech manufacturing operations around the world. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.pro-dex.com.
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