INNIO Waukesha poised to play part in clearer energy future - Take Five with Bud Hittie
By DJ Slater25 January 2021
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William “Bud” Hittie didn’t have a typical start at INNIO Waukesha. He became the company’s president in October 2019, right as signs of a pending downturn began to surface. Then as the new year began, a global pandemic emerged.
Despite the string of challenges, Hittie remains poised to position the company for success now and well into the future. His experience spans more than 30 years, serving in leadership roles with several global industrial companies, such as Boeing, GE Motors, Danaher, Nidec-Kinetek and Xylem.
COMPRESSORTECH2 discussed the challenges INNIO Waukesha has faced since the start of his tenure, as well as how the company moves forward in an evolving landscape.
CT2: INNIO Waukesha recently endured a major transition (the cutbacks in late 2019). What can you tell us about that transition and how does it set up INNIO Waukesha for the future?
Hittie: Much like many other companies in the oil and gas market, we have faced many tough decisions, not the least of which have impacted our employment levels in our U.S. and Canada operations. Our new facility in Welland, Canada, was an enormous investment in our business and illustrates the commitment our shareholders have in the INNIO Waukesha Engines business and team. All these actions that we’ve taken the last couple of years position the business on a very solid platform and will allow our team to support our customers’ needs as the oil and gas market continues to recover.
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This story first appeared in the November 2020 issue of COMPRESSORTECH2. We only publish a fraction of our magazine content online, so for more great content, get every issue in your inbox/mailbox and access to our digital archives with a free subscription. Click here for a new subscription or here to renew your current subscription.