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Deimco Finishing Equipment Promotes Tom Arneson to VP, GM


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Tom Arneson has been appointed vice president and general manager of Deimco Finishing Equipment, a designer and builder of custom finishing systems.

Cindy Shirar, chief financial officer and co-owner of the Tama, Iowa-based company, says Arneson’s position was created to support the continued growth of the firm.

“Tom’s 24 years of experience engineering custom finishing equipment is irreplaceable to both Deimco and our customers,” she says.

Arneson began working at Deimco in 1994 and has served in many capacities. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Standard Bearings in Des Moines, Iowa. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Iowa.

“I look forward to applying my many years of experience to meet our customer’s needs with the highest quality finishing systems,” Arneson says. “This includes innovative technology, on-time deliveries, and unyielding integrity in all we do.”

The company also announced three new hires: Karol Smigowski as senior engineer, Shannon Lwe as electrical engineer and Jacob Shirar as sales engineer.

Smigowski joins Deimco after 11 years as a project engineer at U.S. Concepts. While there, he worked collaboratively with Deimco to co-develop application-specific equipment for unique customers. He has a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland. At Deimco, Smigowski will be leading the development of additional automated sanding technologies and guiding the company’s adoption of new machining technologies.

Lwe obtained her electrical engineering degree in 2016 from Iowa State University, having completed an internship with Intel. At Deimco, she will develop custom controls and integrate new technologies to automate processes.

Shirar joins Deimco having earned a mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University in May. He is the son of owners Kirk and Cindy Shirar, and has worked in different roles within the company in the past. The company says Shirar will be heavily focused on strengthening customer relationships and new business development.

“We’re thrilled to add such high character people and such high caliber engineering talent to our team,” company President Kirk Shirar says. “We believe the time is right to make these significant investments as we execute our strategy to be the first choice finishing solutions provider.”

For information, visit deimco.com.

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