French Oil appoints new president, elects new director
French Oil Mill Machinery Co., a manufacturer of hydraulic presses, oilseed and polymer equipment, took important actions yesterday at its annual meeting of stockholders, followed by the annual meeting of directors. At the latter, Daniel P. French recommended Jason P. McDaniel succeed him as the company's president, and the board of directors appointed McDaniel as president and chief operating officer. French will remain actively involved with the business as chairman of the board and CEO.
“I am very pleased to have Jason McDaniel step into the role of president,” said French. “His critical thinking, knowledge of our markets and products, and his dedication to customer service and French Oil makes this move well deserved. I served 31 years as president, and am excited to turn the job over to a worthy successor, and the future of our company.”
McDaniel added, “I am honored and excited about this opportunity to lead French Oil into the future. Thank you, Dan, for your extraordinary leadership over the past 31 years. Your forward thinking and significant contributions to the company propelled French Oil past the 112-year mark and set us up to provide our customers with superior products and services for many years to come.”
At the French Oil annual stockholders meeting, Taylor French Lutz was elected to serve on the company's board of directors. This addition increases the number of directors to nine.
McDaniel joined French in 1996 as a manufacturing engineer in the oilseed group. He received multiple promotions since, serving as project engineer in early 1998 and project manager for the hydraulic press group in late 1998. In 1999, McDaniel was promoted to director of engineering for all three French product lines: hydraulic, oilseed and polymer, and was given the additional responsibility of manufacturing in 2002. He was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2007, directly supervising engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales. McDaniel was instrumental in the decision to start operations in China and has been the point person for all FOM (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. activities. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University in 1996.
Tayte Lutz joined French in 2010 as Marketing Coordinator. She came to French with experience in marketing, business analysis, sales and buying in the fashion industry, having worked for both Donna Karan International and Bloomingdale's in New York. Lutz graduated from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. She is the fourth generation of the French family to be employed by FOMMCO.
French Oil Mill Machinery Co. is an ISO-certified, family owned company that custom designs, manufactures and supports hydraulic presses for molding rubber and composite materials, rubber mixers, screw presses for synthetic rubber processing and for the separation of liquids from solids, and oilseed equipment used to extract vegetable oil from seeds and nuts, and to produce biofuels. For more than 112 years, French has partnered with its stakeholders, in more than 80 countries worldwide, to provide products with superior value and superior service that improve customers' productivity and reduce their overall production costs. Its 225,000-square-foot corporate office and manufacturing facility are located in Piqua, Ohio.