MANHEIM, Pa. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 29, 2015 — In an expansion move, Fenner Drives today announced the creation of NinjaTek, a new entity developed from its flagship product, NinjaFlex® 3D Flexible Filament. Leveraging 50+ years in polyurethane extrusion success, NinjaTek provides value-added 3D printing materials and services to markets in over 25 countries worldwide. Located in Manheim, PA, NinjaTek is a division of Fenner Drives, a leader in industrial products, including power transmission and conveying applications.
Building on the success of NinjaFlex, NinjaTek will expand its product offerings with a focus on high performance materials to service industrial needs.
“By joining the industrial materials expertise of Fenner Drives with the Additive Manufacturing success of NinjaFlex filament, NinjaTek is positioned well to continue our success in the 3D materials world,” said Wendy Booker, Vice President and General Manager, NinjaTek.
The company also announced a number of promotions and new hires to drive growth in the new division, including:
Wendy Booker, promoted to Vice President and General Manager of NinjaTek, brings over 16 years in product management, project management and marketing, across a variety of industries, launching products in the medical device, food, and consumer goods industries. Most recently, she managed installation and maintenance flooring products at Armstrong World Industries, where she sold and launched 6 new products into Wal-Mart stores, resulting in the “Gold Award for Excellence,” Armstrong Flooring’s highest award for outstanding achievements contributing to business results. Wendy earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Wendy serves as an executive Board Member for Mental Health America of Lancaster County.
Jake McDonough joined the NinjaTek team mid-September 2015 as its new Research and Development Manager directly from 3D Systems. Prior to joining the 3D printing industry, Jake earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University. He has extensive R&D experience in additive manufacturing, initially with high temperature plastics for selective laser sintering, and most recently with FDM materials development.
Andrew Besancon, promoted to Global Sales Manager, brings 10 plus years of sales experience to his position, including 5 years at Fenner Drives. He has worked extensively with OEM's and distribution in both the power transmission and conveying industry and additive manufacturing. In 2014, Andrew received an MBA from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Marketing from Bloomsburg University.
Toby Imgrund recently joined the NinjaTek team as Product Marketing Manager. Previously, Toby worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Fenner Drives, including an instrumental role in the development and planning for the NinjaTek team. Toby also has past experience in sales and marketing across several industries. He earned both his BS in Finance and his MBA from Penn State University
Erin Shevock, the new R&D Specialist for NinjaTek, is a Mechanical Engineer who has been working with 3D models and automation for over twelve years. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2009, after which she has worked in Materials testing and research positions. Since 2007, Erin has created large multi-component assembly files and models and component parts for 3D printing.
Janan Thomson, promoted to Business Development Manager based in the U.K., serves as a resource for the company’s numerous European customers. She has worked in the 3D printing industry from the conception of NinjaFlex. Her background includes 10 years in Marketing & Business Development. She earned her BA in Marketing & Management from University of Leeds.
Arias Pappas also recently joined NinjaTek as Business Development Specialist. He is a recent graduate from West Chester University with a B.S. in psychology. His experience includes shipping and logistics with Armstrong World Industries and A. Duie Pyle.
About Fenner Drives
Fenner Drives designs, manufactures and sells an extensive range of customized solutions for power transmission, motion transfer, and conveying applications. With over 200 employees and ISO 9001 certified production facilities in Manheim, PA and Wilmington, NC, the company has a wealth of manufacturing, technical and commercial expertise. With active new product development programs, the company continually strives to develop products and services to meet the changing needs of industry. Fenner Drives is a division of Fenner PLC. With over 5,500 employees worldwide, Fenner PLC is a world leader in reinforced polymer technology. For more information, please visit www.fennerdrives.com.
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