DRT Holdings appoints Larry Churchwell

DRT Holdings has announced that it has appointed Larry Churchwell as president of DRT’s Metal Packaging Systems and Precision divisions.

DRT is a portfolio company of Mill Rock Capital, a leading growth and operations-oriented private investment firm.

Churchwell brings over 25 years of experience to this role, including 12 years of experience in the food and beverage packaging industry.

Most recently, he led marketing and product management for automation and equipment at Sealed Air Corporation.

Prior to Sealed Air, Churchwell held various roles in business leadership and marketing at Valspar Packaging Coatings, serving the food, beverage, and general packaging markets.

“DRT has a sterling reputation for high quality, innovation and strong customer partnership, and I am thrilled to join the Company at this exciting time,” said Churchwell.

“I look forward to working with the Metal Packaging Systems and Precision teams to continue delivering on our longstanding commitment to customer success.”

DRT’s Metal Packaging Systems division is a market leading provider of capital equipment, tooling, spare parts and services used in the production of aluminium or steel beverage and food cans.

In 1959, DRT invented the integral rivet as the basis of the easy-open ends design for cans that the world knows today. This invention revolutionised the beverage and food manufacturing process and changed what could be packed in aluminium and steel cans.

DRT’s Precision division manufactures tooling and dies and provides precision machining for a diverse range of industries with exacting technical requirements.

CEO Rob Cohen stated: “I am delighted to welcome Larry to the team. With his leadership, we will continue to innovate and provide industry-leading solutions to our customers.”

Executive chairman and Mill Rock senior advisor Geoff Greulich added, “DRT is committed to growing this division organically and via acquisitions. Expanding its leadership is the first step, and I look forward to supporting Larry while he executes our growth strategy.”

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