Ritchie Hires Vice President of Sales and Marketing

BLOOMINGTON, MN (January 3, 2017) – Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc., the leader in service tools for HVAC&R professionals and manufacturer of YELLOW JACKET® products, announces today the hiring of Gary Lampasona as vice president, domestic sales and marketing. He will assume his new role on January 9th.


Gary will be responsible for driving product strategy and sales growth, as well as contribute to the marketing and business strategy for YELLOW JACKET. “We’re thrilled to welcome Gary to our team,” said Tom Ritchie, President. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry that will serve our customers and brand very well.”

Lampasona comes to Ritchie Engineering Company with over 25 years’ experience as a sales and marketing professional in the HVAC&R industry. He spent over 15 years at Sealed Unit Parts Co., Inc. (Supco) in Allenwood, New Jersey where he managed marketing and new product development with a consistent growth record year over year. Prior to that, he served for five years in sales management at Universal Enterprises, Inc. (UEI).

“I’m excited to join this dedicated and passionate team. YELLOW JACKET is a leading brand known for quality products,” said Gary. “I plan to use my experience in HVAC&R marketing and sales to grow the pipeline, provide market research to influence product development, and create strategies for increasing customer engagement.”

The YELLOW JACKET brand name is synonymous with the highest quality and most complete line of HVAC/R tools in the industry. The brand’s roots go back to 1946 when Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc., a manufacturers’ representative organization, became a hose manufacturer. With an emphasis on quality and service, Ritchie Engineering, based in Bloomington, Minn., 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, 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.