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Keith A. Anderson

Keith A. Anderson – President of IRD Ceramics and IRD Switches

Keith Anderson graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1966 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for Univac division of Sperry Corp. from 1966 to 1969 as an Industrial Engineer. Initially, Mr. Anderson’s responsibility was in methods and development of predetermined standard times. His last year at Univac was spent in Systems Analysis and special projects such as methods work on thin film memory.

In 1969, Mr. Anderson moved to Control Data Corp. (CDC), as a Manufacturing Engineer. He was promoted to Manufacturing Engineering Manager at a new facility in Tucson AZ. He was one of seven management people chosen to start up that facility to manufacture peripheral products. During his time in Tucson, he went from Manufacturing Engineering Manager to Production Manager and then Manager of Scheduling, Production Control and Customer Spares. In 1973 Mr. Anderson moved back to Minneapolis with CDC as Manager of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Later in 1973 he left to join Wagner Spray Tech Corp., a manufacturer of paint spray equipment, as Manager of Manufacturing. While at Wagner Spray Tech Mr. Anderson was promoted to VP of Manufacturing and had total responsibility to grow the operation from a $1.5 million service and limited assembly capability to a full manufacturing company with $22 million in revenue.

In 1976 Mr. Anderson started a new company to do assembly and machining. From 1976 to 1982, this company, Heartland Industries, grew to be a $2.8 million operation. In 1982 Illinois Tool Works Corp. (ITW) purchased Heartland and Mr. Anderson served as VP/GM of the Heartland Division with total responsibility for all areas of the business including sales and finance. Heartland grew to a $20 million plus revenue company prior to Mr. Anderson’s retirement from Heartland in 1999.

Since 1999 Mr. Anderson has been President of IRD Switches and IRD Ceramics two small manufacturing companies. These companies, IRD, and Daniels Food Equipment are jointly owned by Mr. Anderson, Mr. Rutledge and Mr. Hill.

Mr. Anderson is currently Chairmen of the Board for Minnesota Investment Network Corporation a tax exempt Venture Investment firm and serves on the Board of Directors of Alexandria Extrusion Company.