Ellicott Dredges appoints two to management positions

By |  February 12, 2014

Elliott Dredges hired two senior managers: Gert de Vries, senior director of engineering and Rob Schettle, general manager for its Liquid Waster Technology subsidiary.

“I am excited to have these two join the Ellicott team as we enter our 129th year in business,” says Marty Barnes, COO, Ellicott Dredges. “We are pleased to be able to attract talent both from within our organization, and outside.”

De Vries will support the engineering departments for all the company’s brands, particularly Ellicott and Rohr-Idreco. He also will mentor the company’s engineering teams and will serve as a consultant and advisor to its engineering groups in the United States and Europe.

He has experience with various types of dredges including cutter suction, trailing hopper, back-hoe, and deep suction, the company says. He received his degree in navel/architectural shipbuilding engineering from Haarlem Technical College in the Netherlands. De Vries most recently worked at IHC, where he was deputy director for Vuyk Engineering.

Schettle is now responsible for running the company’s dredge production facility in New Richmond, Wis. Besides the Liquid Waste Technology, Mud Cat and Innovative Material Systems auger dredge equipment, several of the Ellicott Dredge Dragon cutter dredge models also are produced at the plant.

As Liquid Waster Technology’s engineering manager since 2010, Schettle is familiar with both the Ellicott and the Innovative Material Systems/Liquid Waste Technology product lines and manufacturing/assembly processes. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in industrial technology, product development. He also holds a degree in mechanical drafting from Century College.

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