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Robert Ogren joins Chad Equipment, LLC, as Director of Sales and Marketing

January 29, 2013

OLATHE, Kan. – Chad Equipment, LLC, a Birko company, has added Robert Ogren to its team as director of sales and marketing.

“We’re delighted to have Bob on board,” said Mike Gangel, Chad’s president. “He’s very familiar with the needs of processors and knows how our equipment can help enhance food safety.”

With over 22 years of experience in the food equipment and food safety business, Ogren brings a unique perspective to his new position with Chad. He will sell Chad’s specialty meat harvest and processing equipment to protein processors. He will also work with Birko’s technical representatives to promote Chad’s preventive maintenance programs for its equipment.

Before joining Chad, Ogren was the national sales manager for System Cleaners A/S, a Danish based manufacturer of automated food and beverage plant cleaning systems. At System Cleaners, he also served as a director of North and South American sales. He began his career in 1991 at Specialty Food Equipment, an industrial food equipment distributor in the Midwest. At SFE he served as director of foodservice operations and ultimately as company president before joining System Cleaners A/S in 2006.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in economics from the University of Kansas.

About Chad

Chad Equipment, LLC, a Birko company, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Chad serves small to large volume meat harvesting and processing operations. Chad is an industry leader in antimicrobial spray systems, the patented recirculating hot water pasteurization system and the patented oscillating action wash system for high and low pressure processing applications.

About Birko

Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko’s equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association. birkocorp.com