July 12, 2023

Riverbend Industries Announces Two Appointments to Board of Directors

New Board Members Bring Deep Experience in Operations and Marketing

CHICAGO, June 29, 2023 — Riverbend Industries, a holding company that acquires and operates North American manufacturing companies in the building and industrial products sectors, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors to its Board: Kyle Seymour, a manufacturing operations expert, and Kathy Seegebrecht, a marketing and advertising leader. These appointments further strengthen Riverbend’s strategic leadership and position the company for continued growth and success.

Board appointee Kyle Seymour was President, CEO and Board Member of S&C Electric Company from 2013-2020, after serving as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of XTEK, Inc. from 2002-2012. He previously held executive roles at Unova and Cincinnati Milacron, and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Kyle holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Bettis Reactor Engineering School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a master’s in Computing Security from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He served as Chairman of the Board for Hardinge, Inc., and also served on the Boards of the National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

“Kyle’s broad Operations experience will undoubtedly be an asset to Riverbend Industries as we chart a course for the future of our manufacturing businesses,” said Ron Gidwitz, Riverbend’s Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “I am confident Kyle’s contributions will prove very valuable as we operate our current portfolio, and as we evaluate future opportunities.”

Board appointee Kathy Seegebrecht was named to Vice President of the Americas Region for UL Solutions in 2022, after serving for five years as the UL Solutions’ Chief Marketing Officer. She brings deep experience in brand management, communications, strategic account management, and advertising. In prior roles with BP Amoco and Navistar, and now with UL Solutions, Kathy brings with her a strong background in channel management and partnership development, as well as acquisition and integration experience. She has a B.S. in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. She currently serves on the Board of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and is a proud member of the Chicago Network.

“Kathy brings vast Marketing experience and expertise to the Riverbend Industries Board of Directors,” said Ron Gidwitz, Riverbend Industries’ Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Her track record of maximizing revenue opportunities and building strategic partnerships will be a great asset to the Board and to Riverbend’s businesses.”

About Riverbend Industries

Riverbend Industries is a Chicago-based, family-owned business that acquires and operates North American manufacturing companies in the building and industrial products sectors. We have the flexibility to hold investments indefinitely and customize transaction structures to ensure alignment with all stakeholders. Our businesses are led by a team of industry experts with diverse backgrounds and a focus on continuous improvement. With a focus on long-term value creation, we enable portfolio companies to capture efficiencies through operational standardization and centralization of non-strategic functions while fostering an environment of entrepreneurship.

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