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NHBB Precision Division Chooses New Supervisor of Applications Engineering Department

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Adam Van Wagner

January 19, 2016 (Chatsworth, CA): Adam Van Wagner has been promoted to Supervisor of the Applications Engineering department at NHBB’s Precision Division. He succeeds Alex Garcia, who joined NHBB’s Field Sales team as a member of the Aerospace and Defense Group.

"Adam’s leadership qualities and technical skills are a superb fit with our customers," said Mary Beth MacKenzie, Sales Manager of the Precision Division and myonic USA. "I am confident Adam will help grow the business by focusing on the right product mix and delivering higher levels of customer satisfaction."

Adam is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Precision’s applications engineering department. He continues to work with customers on new applications, plus he supervises bearing design activities, part number interchange (PIC) maintenance, engineering systems upgrades, and database and ETF processing. He has worked in the department since joining the company in 2011.

Prior to NHBB, Adam spent seven years gaining valuable experience as a machine programmer, design engineer, and mechanical engineer primarily in the musical instrument manufacturing industry.

In 2010, Adam relocated to California from Massachusetts and accepted a contract assignment as a thermal test engineer with Speck Design of Palo Alto. He was responsible for collecting and analyzing thermal data at critical points inside electronic enclosures of the latest digital movie production cameras.

From 2001 to 2010, Adam worked for Burkhart-Phelan, Inc. of Shirley, MA, a manufacturer of high end musical instruments. He started out as a machine programmer and, after graduating college, went on to become a design engineer and then a mechanical engineer. As design engineer, Adam researched and developed various ways to improve product manufacturing, performance, and quality. As mechanical engineer, he created new, or improved existing, parts, tools, and fixtures for producing small precious metal components used in professional-grade flutes and piccolos.

Adam earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts–Lowell in May of 2002.