Hapman Expands Its Sales and Engineering Departments to Meet Growing Industry Demands

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Hapman, an industry leader in conveyors and bulk material handling equipment for 70 years, is pleased to announce the expansion of its sales and engineering departments.

Justin Story joins Hapman as Sales ManagerJim Hughes will transition into a new role in the sales department as Hapman National Sales Director. Additionally, Hapman welcomes Justin Story who will join the sales department as a Sales Manager and Kurtis Mielke who will join the engineering department as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

"We are excited to expand our team to meet the growing needs of our customers and manufacturing partners,” said Greg Patterson, Vice President of Hapman. “Jim has been an asset to Hapman’s growth through partnerships with representatives throughout North America. We are pleased to welcome Justin and Kurtis to the Hapman team and we are confident their backgrounds will add to our team’s broad range of experience and knowledge that enable us to create innovative solutions for our customers."

Hughes has spent the past eight years as National Sales Manager, traveling the country to enhance and expand partnerships across North America with factory representatives. “Establishing local partnerships across North America is a key element in Hapman’s growth and supporting the needs of our customers,” said Hughes. In his new role as National Sales Director, he will oversee Story as the Sales Manager and together they will continue to look for ways to grow relationships with representatives and customers. Before joining Hapman, Mr. Story worked in B2B sales roles and is experienced in managing a sales team. His experience will be the catalyst for his success in building and supporting Hapman’s current and future nation-wide representatives. Justin has a bachelor’s degree in sales and business marketing from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Mielke brings 24 years of manufacturing experience to his new role as a Hapman Mechanical Design Engineer. In his new role, Mielke will be responsible for designing and drawing equipment using Inventor and AutoCAD®. He will work alongside the engineering team to manage projects to ensure Hapman’s custom equipment and systems meet a customer’s needs.

"The growth of our team and the breadth of our equipment offering will help Hapman focus on our main priority: delivering the highest quality equipment and superior customer support,” noted Patterson. “We continue to look toward the future and how Hapman will shape the bulk material handling industry."