Lubbock, Texas-based Lummus Corp. has appointed Russell Sutton president.
In that role, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of Lummus and its core business of cotton ginning, oilseed processing and manmade fiber machinery, along with parts and service for those industries.
Sutton brings more than four decades of industry experience in all functional areas of cotton ginning machinery company operations, including sales, service, engineering and manufacturing.
In an internal announcement to employees, Ben Hinnen, CEO of the parent company, Lummus Corp., said, “Over the past few months, as we developed the organizational strategy for the family of companies (Lummus, System Solutions of Kentucky and Carter Controls), it became obvious to me that Russell Sutton was the best person to lead our cotton ginning and affiliated business. His industry knowledge and appreciation for what we’ve done, combined with his progressive view for our future, will position him to be a strong agent for change, as we seek to make Lummus the very best it can be.”
Sutton says he is honored and humbled to be named to the position and is looking forward to the future growth of Lummus.
“As our industry evolves and changes, we must maximize our talent and resources in order to achieve an even higher level of performance,” he says.
With a degree in mechanized agriculture from Texas Tech University, Sutton came to Lummus in November 2006 as part of Lummus’ acquisition of the Consolidated product line. Since then, he has served vice president of domestic sales.
Prior to joining Lummus, Sutton worked with the Consolidated gin machinery line, beginning with Horn Gin Machinery in 1979 and working his way up through the Consolidated HGM, Consolidated Cotton Gin Co. Inc. and Consolidated/Products by Big 12 companies.
Sutton also has made additional industry contributions through educational programs and schools, technical articles, and support of ginner organizations, foundations and boards.