Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc. Names Neil Stewart as Managing Director of Sales

Bloomington, MN, February 13, 2015 – Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc., the leader in service tools for the HVAC&R professional, announced that Neil Stewart will serve as the company’s new Managing Director of Sales. He succeeds long time Executive Vice President of International Sales Brian Flynn who retired at the end of 2014.

“I am pleased to announce Neil’s new assignment as leader of our international sales efforts,” said Tom Ritchie, President and CEO of Ritchie Engineering Co., Inc. “He is a strong leader with extensive experience in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry. We are confident in his ability to grow our YELLOW JACKET brand and position our international channel partners for even greater success.”

Stewart joined Ritchie Engineering in 1999 and has been responsible for the company’s European distribution center since 2004. “YELLOW JACKET is a recognized industry brand with a 66 year history of supporting the channel and a great reputation for quality and service,” said Stewart. “I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and helping to build on that success.”

Flynn will now serve the organization as a consultant, focusing on new product development and sales opportunities. Steve Rasmussen of the Benelux sales office, Olivier Parent of the France sales office and Martin Mederos of the Central and South American sales office will report directly to Stewart.

About Ritchie Engineering

Founded in 1946 as a manufacturers’ representative organization, Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc. soon became a hose manufacturer.  With an emphasis on quality and service, Ritchie Engineering trademarked the hose as the YELLOW JACKET® Charging Hose in 1950.  Since then, the company has been engineering, manufacturing, and continuously improving the YELLOW JACKET hose while adding new products to its portfolio. Today, the YELLOW JACKET name is synonymous with the highest quality and most complete line of HVAC&R tools in the industry. YELLOW JACKET products are sold worldwide through a network of authorized HVAC&R and automotive wholesalers.  For more information, please call (952)943-1333 or visit our Web site at www.yellowjacket.com.