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Ohlde Seeds Welcomes New Plant Manager

Ohlde Seed Farms, a family company based in Palmer, Kansas, names Kurtis Voelker as plant manager.

An employee of Honeywell Aerospace for the past 15 years, Voelker is knowledgeable in all aspects of manufacturing and production. A native of Kansas, he earned an associate’s degree in electronic engineering technology from North Central Kansas Technical College, as well as a bachelor’s in organizational leadership studies with a minor in business from Rockhurst University.

“We’re confident that Kurt’s skills in team building and leadership, as well as project planning, scheduling and execution will be as valuable to our customers as they were to Honeywell,” says Shane Ohlde, CEO. “As Ohlde Seed continues to grow as a company, we’re continually faced with the need to meet or exceed delivery, cost, quality and inventory objectives. And that’s just the kind of talents Kurt offers our company.”

Voelker says he grew up just a few miles from Ohlde Seed and has recently been looking for an opportunity to move back to the area. “I was excited when the job with Ohlde Seed presented itself,” Voelker says. “It not only gets us back into a rural community, but the job responsibilities, which include optimization of operations and product delivery, are right up my alley.”