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Kaman completes acquisition, adds industry exec

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Tribby Warfield
Tribby Warfield

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.—Kaman Corp. has hired an industry veteran to lead its fluid power business and also completed an acquisition to bring it growth potential in new regions and business sectors.

Kaman appointed former Gates Corp. executive Tribby Warfield as senior vice president and general manager effective Aug. 15 for the fluid power platform of its distribution segment, Kaman Distribution. She also will join the firm's executive committee.

Warfield most recently served as president, North America commercial, for Gates Corp., where she led all commercial activity for Gates Power Transmission and Fluid Power in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Her career with Gates spanned more than 25 years and included an extensive global background, serving 11 years in key management and operational roles across the firm's European divisions.

She is actively involved in numerous industry associations, including the Power Transmission Distributors Association, where she serves as Foundation Board trustee. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Colorado Business School and is on the board of directors of ColoradoFIRST.

“Tribby is a high caliber, results-driven senior executive with commercial general management and operations experiences, and a proven track record of achievement,” said Steve Smidler, president of Kaman Distribution.

Kaman also recently completed the purchase of the operating assets of B.W. Rogers Co. and certain affiliated entities. The deal was completed through Kaman Distribution's Kaman Fluid Power L.L.C. unit. Terms were not disclosed.

Kaman said the acquisition expands its capabilities in both the fluid power and automation and motion control product areas. B.W. Rogers operates from 21 locations in seven states from the Northeast to the Midwest. It is a tri-motion distributor for Parker Hannifin Corp. and also represents many other top manufacturers, according to Kaman.

About 240 former B.W. Rogers employees joined Kaman. The acquired operations had 2013 sales of about $100 million.

“The B.W. Rogers acquisition provides us with growth opportunities in new geographies and the steel, life sciences, shale gas and automotive end markets,” Smidler said. “It is a great addition to our fluid power and automation, control and energy product platforms.”