C.H. Hanson Reorganizes Management

New positions for brothers, former consultant strengthen company.

Hand tool manufacturer C.H. Hanson has announced a series of executive changes that signify a shift in strategic direction and reinforce the commitment to family leadership that has been a hallmark of the company throughout its 147-year history.

Former President Craig Hanson has been named new Chief Executive Officer, while former Executive Vice President Phil Hanson has been elected by the company’s board of directors to serve as its President.

Manufacturing and distribution specialist Bill Loebbaka has been named the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, replacing Bob Hudson, who retired effective June 28.

Loebbaka brings more than 20 years of manufacturing and distribution experience, having managed consumer and industrial companies serving large retail and industrial customers throughout the world. He is a graduate of DePaul University and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. And although he’s a new employee of the company, he’s not new to the “Hanson way.” He has been a friend and business adviser to the Hanson family for over 15 years.

Hudson is ensuring additional continuity, staying on as a contracted consultant and focusing on Hanson’s growing international sales efforts.

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