Durst Appoints Vice President Business Leader
April 29, 2013—Durst recently announced that Terry McCormick has been promoted to vice president business leader, succeeding Bernie Nielsen, vice president and general manager, who retired effective March 31. Durst, a division of Regal Beloit America, Inc., meets the mechanical power transmission needs of the agricultural, construction, oil and gas, and industrial markets with innovative, cost-effective gearboxes.
McCormick comes to Durst by way of Regal's corporate headquarters in Beloit, Wis., where he had served as director of customer quality since 2012. He joined the global manufacturer of motors and related products in 2010 as director of quality for the Regal mechanical group, which includes Durst. At that time, he was based in Clinton, Wis.
McCormick is responsible for the day-to-day operation and profit and loss of the Durst division, as well as the strategic direction of its brands and products. An expert in the development and implementation of Lean Six Sigma and quality initiatives, he brings a lean approach to business management.
"By approaching quality from a manufacturing standpoint, you can design a process to achieve the highest yield with minimal defects," McCormick said. "You can apply that approach to business and yield the same desired results. One of the qualities that sets Regal apart is its process-based approach to every aspect of business. My own background and experience run parallel to Regal's philosophy."
Before joining Regal, McCormick was manager of manufacturing engineering and quality assurance at PBC Linear, a Pacific Bearing company. McCormick also spent 10 years as manager of manufacturing engineering at Haldex Hydraulics Corp. Earlier in his career, he worked for John S. Barnes Corp. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1986.
"The lean business process is all about operating at the most efficient and most proficient levels," McCormick said. "It is focused on driving waste out of the system, from order entry to shipment, with the people and processes you have in place. Regal has expanded through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions. Durst is poised for further organic growth by producing the best brands in the market and selling more products. That is how we will surpass our competition."