Star SU Adds Engineering and Sales Staff


Grady Knight has joined Star SU as a project engineer for the machine tool division. He will work closely on large projects with vice president of sales and engineering Mark Ritchie and will be based in the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, office. He earned both of his degrees—bachelor of science in manufacturing engineering technology and master’s of science in industrial management—from Northern Illinois University. He holds a graduate certificate in strategic management as well as graduate teaching certificate and was awarded the Elgin Community College Trustee Academic Scholarship, the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship, and the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student in Engineering Technology at NIU.

Jeffory Fadler has joined the sales staff of Star SU as a regional sales manager for cutting tool sales in western Michigan. He will take over the territory formerly covered by Craig Weirich, who retired in June. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics at Michigan State University and has extensive cutting tool sales and management experience serving the automotive market.

Ryan Moore returns to Star SU as a regional sales manager for cutting tool sales in eastern Michigan and Ontario. His wide-ranging sales experience includes serving accounts in the automotive, machine and power tool, mining, construction, and aerospace industries. He will take over the cutting tool sales territory formerly covered by John Simpson, who plans to concentrate his efforts on machine tool sales in Michigan and Ontario. Moore earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial technology at the Purdue University School of Industrial Technology in Indiana.

Star SU LLC offers a wide variety of gear cutting machinery, tools, and services. It is the go-to-market cooperative of the partnered companies of Bourn & Koch, Star Cut Sales, and SU America—a unit of Samputensili S.p.A. All sales, sales engineering, sales and marketing administration, direct sales force human resources, sales information technology, and sales distribution for North America are merged into a single enterprise managed by an executive committee made up of the senior management of the three companies. Call (847) 649-1450, e-mail, or go to [].