Whitney Brothers promotes two

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KEENE, N.H. — Whitney Brothers, a 113-year-old manufacturer of award-winning wood furniture for early childhood environments, recently announced the appointment of Dale Ward, of Saxtons River, to the position of machining department supervisor.

Ward joined the company in 2014 as a CNC machine operator in the machining department. In his new role, he will manage the machining department staff, workflow and quality assurance processes in alignment with the company's overall manufacturing goals.

"I'm excited about managing this critically important stage of our manufacturing process because it's foundational to our product excellence," said Ward. "Our department is a talented team of CNC professionals in a high-volume production environment, and my top on-going challenge will be to help the team sustain maximum efficiency by keeping up with the latest CNC manufacturing tools, technology and practices."

"Here at Whitney Brothers, we recognize and reward our valuable contributors," said Mike Jablonski, company president. "Under Dale's leadership, I'm confident our machining department will continue to drive our manufacturing organization forward and deliver the value that so richly distinguishes our products and brand."

Ward's career spans 25 years of diverse woodworking production experience and a proven aptitude for manufacturing technology in hands-on and supervisory roles at local area manufacturers that include Great Brook Furniture and G3K Display, both divisions of North Springfield, Vt.-based Kiosko.

A native Vermonter, he and his wife, Eileen, live in Saxtons River.

When not spending time with his two granddaughters, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, volunteering as a ski chaperone for various area schools, and traveling to visit relatives in Ireland.

Whitney Brothers also recently announced the appointment of Bob Theall, of Fitzwilliam, to the position of plant manager.

The promotion caps Theall's 14 years with the company as the supervisor of the machining department, a critical stage of the company's manufacturing process.

During his tenure, Theall managed the successful integration of CNC machinery and technology into the company's overall manufacturing processes, a key factor to sustaining the company's lean certification.

"I'm pleased to announce Bob's appointment as plant manager in recognition of his many outstanding contributions to Whitney Brothers," said Jablonski. "We foster a company culture that acknowledges and rewards the contributions of our people, and Bob's promotion represents exactly that. He's an effective leader with a consummate understanding of all facets of our manufacturing operation, and he understands how that translates to a competitive advantage for our business."

In his new role, Theall will manage the daily operations of all departments that comprise the company's manufacturing organization. Additionally, he will oversee the company's sustained compliance with all regulatory requirements and certifications that apply to its manufacturing operations.

"I'm proud to have helped our company transfer manufacturing innovation into product innovation and value to the company," said Theall, reflecting on his appointment.

"As we continue to grow, the challenge is to further sharpen our manufacturing efficiency and deliver maximum competitive advantage for our products."

Theall and his wife of 39 years, Diane, have lived in Fitzwilliam for 35 years.

He earned a BA degree in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University while working and helping raise their three children. When he and Diane aren't with their four grandchildren, Theall enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and spending time at the ocean.

He is active in community service as a longstanding member of the Keene Elks Lodge No. 927, where he has served as Exalted Ruler and Esteemed Leading Knight.

Founded in 1904, Whitney Brothers invented the product categories of wood furniture for early learning and institutional childcare and pioneered its commercial distribution through educational distributors and dealers in schools, childcare centers, Head Start facilities, churches, libraries, museums, and residential homes throughout North America and the world.

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