Wittman named president, COO at Roto-Mix

Kelly Wittman Roto-Mix
Kelly Wittman

Kelly Wittman has been promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer at Roto-Mix LLC, a major manufacturer of livestock feeding, composting and waste management equipment.

“Kelly has been a valued and dedicated member of the Roto-Mix organization for over 28 years,” said Rod Neier, chief executive officer, making the announcement. “His broad range of experience at Roto-Mix, combined with his knowledge of the cattle feeding industry, is an excellent fit for this role.”

Mark Cookey, former president and COO, has accepted a position as executive advisor with Roto-Mix and will continue to serve on the senior management team.

“We sincerely appreciate Mark’s 26 years of dedicated service with Roto-Mix and look forward to his new role with the company,” Neier said.

Other promotions announced by Neier were:

  • Jim Bell has been promoted to director of manufacturing operations. “Jim’s 26 years of manufacturing experience and knowledge within the Roto-Mix organization will enable him to direct our manufacturing operations and implement further measures to improve manufacturing efficiency,” Neier said.
  • Bill Becker has been promoted to plant manager at the company’s Hoisington, Kan. location.
  • Mike Nairn has been promoted to assistant plant manager at the Hoisington location.

“Bill and Mike’s collective experience and dedication will enable them to successfully guide the operations at our Hoisington plant,” Neier said.

Wittman has been with Roto-Mix since 1991 when he started with the Engineering Department. He moved to the company’s Hoisington manufacturing facility in 1993, serving in various roles, including production control and plant manager. In 2001 he relocated to the Dodge City, Kan. headquarters to become customer service manager. Within that role Wittman handled technical support, production scheduling and assisted with export sales. His responsibilities grew when he began supervising the service/installation and scale department in Dodge City with the Scott City Service Center added later.

Wittman has been responsible for export sales and working directly with customers and dealers abroad. He was the director of customer service until his move to vice president of operations was announced in August 2014. Since that time his list of duties expanded while gaining more management experience prior to his promotion to president and COO.

Wittman lives in Dodge City with his wife Joni and son Alec. He enjoys spending time with family, watching Alec play high school sports and getting to the sand dunes whenever possible.

Bell, the new director of manufacturing operations, started his career at Roto-Mix in September 1993. He trained at the Dodge City headquarters for six weeks while the Hoisington plant was being established. Bell completed weld training and returned to help with the plant preparation in Hoisington.

Bell was a production welder for four years before he took the position of weld shop supervisor in 1997. At that time he began working closely with the lead people in every department. Bell continued to gain more knowledge and worked on building a quality product from start to finish. He was later moved to shop supervisor, working with production, engineering and management to maintain production schedules and provide timely delivery of service parts.

Bell accepted the position of Hoisington plant manager in 2001. He continued to maintain and improve efficiency in production with a focus on taking care of the employees. Bell will continue improving production and quality as he accepts his new position, Roto-Mix said. He will be responsible for all aspects of production at both the Dodge City and Hoisington locations. Jim lives in rural Barton County with his wife Elysia. He enjoys working on cars and motorcycles, going racing with his sons and motorcycle rides with his wife.

Roto-Mix was founded in Dodge City in 1984 where its headquarters and primary manufacturing plant are located. Since then the company has grown to include an additional manufacturing facility in Hoisington, as well as company service centers in Dodge City and Scott City, Kan. The marketing organization has more than 150 dealers providing local sales and service in the U.S. and sales in more than 35 international markets.

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