Sunnen promotes Chris Miltenberger to CEO
Sunnen Products Company has announced the promotion of F. Christopher Miltenberger to the additional role of CEO. He joined Sunnen as President/COO in 2015, with extensive operations, engineering, and business development experience. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in Sunnen’s transformation of global operations, as well as improving customer contact management and relationship development.
Prior to joining Sunnen, he held positions with PlayPower, Inc., NN, Inc., Aftermarket Technology Corporation, and Delphi. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Ball State University in Operations Management and Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering Technology, as well as an MBA from Michigan State University.
Commenting on Chris Miltenberger’s promotion, Matthew Sunnen Kreider, who has been Sunnen’s Chairman since 2004, states: “Chris has demonstrated over his six years with Sunnen that he is very capable of leading this organisation. During the last 18 months of Covid challenges, Chris has become the face of Sunnen to our customers, business partners and employees, leading us through these turbulent times.”
Chris Miltenberger notes: “I am truly honored by the faith and trust put in me by the Sunnen family and our board. I am committed to building on Sunnen’s leadership in bore creation and finishing, as well as expanding Sunnen’s footprint as a world class manufacturing partner with our customers. I am fortunate to be leading an already strong team both in St. Louis and around the globe.”
Long the industry leader in honing technology, Sunnen has grown to be one of the largest integrated manufacturers of precision bore creation and finishing equipment. Sunnen’s customers, and their applications, span a range of industries. The product line includes honing, lapping, skiving/roller burnishing and deep hole drilling systems, and a full range of tools, abrasives, and accessories. Sunnen employs 650 people worldwide, with offices, manufacturing and technical support facilities in Europe, China, India, Brazil, Mexico and the US. The company’s expansive international distributor network provides full global support for its multinational customer base.
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Sunnen Products Company acquires BTA Heller
US-based honing systems manufacturer acquires premiere deep hole tooling and systems manufacturer to provide complete bore creation and finishing solutions
Sunnen Products Company has acquired BTA Heller Incorporated, the US-based manufacturer of deep hole tooling and systems for primary hole generation. This move aims to expand Sunnen’s industry leading honing expertise to include tooling for initial hole creation and other complementary bore sizing and finishing processes. The company will retain the BTA Heller name as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunnen Products Company, as the companies build on natural synergies to offer complete bore creation and finishing solutions.
“BTA Heller is a natural fit for Sunnen. Our companies complement each other very well and BTA Heller’s reputation in the industry for deep hole drilling expertise is unsurpassed,” says Chris Miltenberger, president and COO of Sunnen Products Company. “The transfer of knowledge between the two companies will create a unique value proposition for our customers. And, with this acquisition, no other deep hole/BTA company will have Sunnen’s global presence for technical and post-sale support.”
The Heller roots trace back to Germany more than 100 years ago. BTA Heller started in 1952 in Troy, MI as American Heller. In 2007, the company name changed to BTA Heller and it has continued to produce unique tooling and processes for gun drilling, single tube, BTA, and double tube/ejector drilling systems, among others.
“We have developed various tools and systems for creating intricate internal profiled deep hole drilling from 0.5 in. to 36 in. diameter,” says Mark Sollich, president and CEO of BTA Heller. “To combine forces with Sunnen and its bore geometry expertise creates a company not found anywhere else in our industry. No one company can provide a total bore solution from the creation of the primary hole to the final bore finish specifications like we can.”
Mark Sollich will continue at the helm of BTA Heller after the acquisition, under the Sunnen Products Company umbrella.
Sunnen is the world’s largest vertically integrated manufacturer of honing systems for precision bore sizing and finishing. Core technical competencies include automated and manual honing systems, custom system development and integration, abrasives, tooling, lubricants, and gaging. The company recently introduced the new SHD series skiving and roller burnishing system with tooling supplied by BTA Heller.
Headquartered in the US, Sunnen employs 650 people worldwide, with offices, manufacturing and tech support facilities throughout Europe, the UK, China, Brazil and India. Sunnen has the largest sales and technical service network of any company in its industry to ensure full global support for its multinational customer base.
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