HESSTON, Kan., July 19, 2012 — Excel Industries, Inc., manufacturer of Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mowers, has named Brent E. Edmisten as Vice President of Global Supply Chain effective July 16, 2012. Brent will provide leadership in managing the extensive growth of the company as international sales and the Hustler and BigDog product lines continue to increase. Fiscal year sales for 2012 are expected to reach more than $170M, up from 2011 sales of $150M.
Prior to his current position, Brent had executive leadership positions at Cessna Aircraft Company and most recently at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation as Vice President of Supply Chain Operations. He brings over 20 years experience to Excel as a Supply Chain Transformation Leader. His background includes the design, deployment, and management of world-class global supply chain processes that deliver world class results in the areas of quality, cost, delivery, service, and overall product improvements. His many awards and accomplishments include winner of the Purchasing Medal of Excellence in Supply Chain Management, numerous published articles for Magazines and other publications, featured conference speaker, and a member of the University of Kansas SCM Advisory Board.
Brent earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional and a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager.
“In the short time Brent has been involved with Excel on a consultant basis, he has achieved significant change in the relationship between our company and the supply chain,” said Bob Mullet, Excel Vice President. “We look forward to continued improvements in the global supply chain that we are confident will come from Brent and his team.”
Founded in 1960 and based in Hesston, Kansas, Excel Industries is a leading manufacturer of premium commercial and residential lawn care equipment under the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mowers brands. Excel introduced the world’s first zero-turn mower in 1964 and the world’s first all-electric zero-turn mower in 2008. Excel Industries has a global distribution network of 1,600 US dealers and 50 distributors worldwide.