Baldwin employees honored by parent company

Baldwin Filters’ employees Craig Simmons and James Whitesel were recently presented the CLARCOR Achievement Award for their efforts on several projects at Baldwin Filters.

The CLARCOR Achievement Award is given to an individual employed by a CLARCOR company who has exhibited behavior that embodies the values and philosophies of CLARCOR, the company says.

Craig Simmons, setup specialist, was nominated for being a key resource in providing operational knowledge and insight in the equipment design and operation for the recently completed upgrade of spin-on filter lines in Baldwin’s Kearney, Neb., and Yankton, S.D., facilities.

“Simmons’ leadership was evident throughout the process of specifying the equipment improvements before and during the equipment validation at the vendor locations and during the online installation,” says Al Liibbe, senior manufacturing engineer and champion of project.

James Whitesel, production supervisor, was recognized for his contributions related to a new can-making line and sensor plate work cell at Baldwin’s Kearney, Neb., plant and training support at the company’s Morocco facility.

“No one else in the facility has the knowledge and know how in all aspects of can making. He was instrumental in setting up the transfer program. He went back and forth with the vendor until he came up with an idea that would make the programming easier for everyone,” says John Macrander, senior manufacturing engineer on the can-making line project.

Simmons and Whitesel have been with Baldwin Filters for nearly 19 years, the company says.

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