Kyndle will recognize industries across Henderson, Union and Webster counties at its annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 2. The luncheon will take place at 11:30am at the Preston Arts Center, located on the campus of the Henderson Community College.
The keynote speaker will be Rick Dauch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Accuride Corporation. Dauch will discuss Accuride’s significant global expansion over the past two years while still keeping its focus on the local Tri-State region.
Dauch, who became Accuride President and CEO in 2011, has led the company’s operational turnaround and transformation to a $1.2 billion global supplier of commercial vehicle wheels and wheel end components. With its world headquarters in Evansville and U.S. steel wheel production facility in Henderson, Kentucky, Accuride became one of the most global manufacturers in the Tri-State when it acquired mefro Wheels GmbH of Germany this June.
In addition to immediately becoming Europe’s leading producer of steel wheels for heavy trucks, Accuride also became a wheel supplier to the European automotive industry and the worldwide off-highway market.
The company now has 5,000 associates working at 15 plants in eight countries: The United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey and China. Dauch earned dual Master of Science degrees in Management and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Nationally, he is a member of the board of directors of Spartan Motors and the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), and serves as Chairman of the HDMA Heavy Duty Business Forum. Locally, Dauch is a member of the Koch Enterprises board of directors and serves on the Evansville Regional Business Committee.
The cost of the luncheon is $20 for Kyndle stakeholders and $25 for others. For reservations, contact Kyndle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-826-7505. Presenting sponsor for the event is Accuride Corporation. Additional sponsors include German American Bank, Kenergy Corporation, Northwest Kentucky Training Consortium, Union County First and Tyson Foods.