Bristol Compressors International, Inc. announces the appointment of John Young as vice president of supply chain.

In this strategic role, Young will oversee purchasing, customer service, planning/scheduling, warehouse/logistics and supplier cost productivity. His responsibilities also include the promotion of lean manufacturing, as well as improving execution systems and best practices throughout the company.

“John is a proven leader in his field, and we are fortunate to have him join our team,” says Ed Gniewek, CEO of Bristol Compressors. “I look forward to working with him on key projects at this important time in our company’s history as we continue to focus on customer service, research, product development and growth.”

Young joins Bristol Compressors with 20 years’ experience in supply chain management. His extensive career has included managing multi-sites at Bose, ACT Manufacturing, Plexus and Trane (a business of Ingersoll-Rand), all of which are well known for their excellence in world-class supply chain management.

He most recently served as senior consultant for Ultriva, Inc., a company specializing in lean supply factory execution software. Prior to working at Ultriva, Young was materials and supply chain leader for Trane in Vidalia, GA, where his efforts in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma excellence earned him the President’s Award and other industry-wide recognition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina.

“Bristol Compressors is well known in the industry, and I am pleased to work with a world-class producer,” Young says. “Supply chain is an important part of the production process, and I will be concentrating on manufacturing practices, in addition to building on longstanding supplier relationships and forming new ones.”