March 16, 2023

Key Technology promotes company veteran to new role

Food processing machinery manufacturer Key Technology has named company veteran Rudy Sanchez its new Food Handling Systems Product Manager – Americas.

Sanchez, who has held various roles at Key Technology for more than 30 years, will manage activities throughout North America and Latin America that support the development, marketing and sales of Key’s high-performance food handling equipment, including vibratory conveyors, rotary sizing and grading systems and more.

Rudy Sanchez is Key Technology’s new Food Handling Systems Product Manager – Americas. Photo: Provided

“Innovation at Key is driven by the continual state of evolution in the food processing industry and its impact on our customer needs,” Marco Azzaretti, Key Senior Director of Marketing – Americas, said in a news release. “Rudy’s role is to maintain a dynamic connection with our customers to understand their unique equipment requirements, then leveraging those insights to develop the next generation of Key Technology food handling systems. Rudy’s technical knowledge, application expertise and intimate familiarity with our customers’ operations is unmatched.”

Most recently Key’s process system development and sustaining engineering manager, Sanchez has also worked in sales, applications engineering, engineering management and product management in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He Sanchez holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Walla Walla University.

“Here at Key, we constantly work to add more value to our customers’ operations, whether it’s designing the ideal transfer shaker or developing a challenging new solution design, such as our recently introduced Zephyr, that other equipment suppliers won’t even attempt,” Sanchez said. “Our team provides complete, turnkey processing lines that integrate a combination of Key equipment and third-party systems, all backed by our world-class customer service organization.

“I’m excited to partner with our customers to improve their production efficiencies and enhance product quality and food safety.”

Key Technology, headquartered in Walla Walla, Washington, is a Duravant company. It has manufacturing facilities in Walla Walla; Redmond, Oregon; and Beusichem, the Netherlands. Key also has demonstration and testing services in Walla Walla and Beusichem as well as Hasselt, Belgium; Sacramento, California; and Melbourne, Australia, and maintains a sales and service office in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico.

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