Sentinel Building Systems announces new general manager, expansion plans

Scott StuhlmillerA new general manager and plans for a new expansion project have been announced at the Sentinel Building Systems manufacturing facility near Albion.

In the coming weeks, Sentinel will erect an 11,000 square foot addition along the north side of its existing building to house a piece of new equipment called a roll-forming machine. This new equipment will be a key to the long-term growth of Sentinel. The goal is to have the building expansion completed by June to accommodate the delivery of the new machine.

Excavation work for the addition could begin as early as this week, followed by concrete work as the weather permits.

The new machine will allow Sentinel to increase the amount of value added manufacturing for each building project. The ability to control cost and product quality will be significantly improved, according to a company news release.

In addition, the roll-forming machine will greatly reduce delivery time for component orders. Also, as part of GLOBAL Industries, Sentinel will have the capability to manufacture materials, which are presently outsourced, for other GLOBAL divisions.

Overall, this expansion will have an immediate impact on Sentinel’s capability and capacity, as well as providing a significant shipping and storage area for future business opportunities, the company stated.

Sentinel also announced the promotion of Scott Stuhlmiller to the position of General Manager.

Scott has been with Sentinel for 10 years and has served in various capacities during his tenure. Before his latest promotion. Scott served as Engineering Manager, and he has been instrumental in developing many of the processes and procedures currently used at Sentinel.

Stuhlmiller replaces replaces Larry Ruffner, who has served as Sentinel’s General Manager for the past three years. Ruffner will be taking a new position with GLOBAL Industries. Scott will officially begin his duties as General Manager on April 21, 2008. He takes over at a time when Sentinel is poised to introduce some significant manufacturing advances and he will be instrumental in overseeing the implementation of these new processes.