Van Meter Inc., an authorized Rockwell Automation distributor based in Cedar Rapids, IA, announced that Jeff Spadaro recently joined the company as Vice President of Automation. Spadaro succeeds Rod Reinertson who will retire January 5th, after 25 years of service.
Spadaro has extensive experience in automation sales and program management having worked in a variety of distribution and manufacturing roles. Most recently, Jeff was a Strategic Agreement Manager for Rockwell Automation working with some of the company’s largest global customers.
“Jeff’s impressive knowledge of the automation industry, as well as his ability to lead teams and carry out strategic initiatives, makes him a great fit for his new role at Van Meter,” said Van Meter Chief Growth Officer, Mike Gassmann. “We wish Rod the very best in his retirement and thank him for his leadership and commitment to our company. We welcome Jeff to our team and look forward to his contributions to our future growth and success.”
Jeff is a native of Cleveland, OH. He earned his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Akron and holds a Certificate of Distribution from Texas A&M. Jeff is passionate about helping all people find safe, secure and stable housing. His community service record includes volunteering for his local church and Habitat for Humanity.
“It is an exciting time to be working in the industrial automation space and I’m delighted to join an innovative company like Van Meter,” said Spadaro. “Industries of all kinds are facing incredible disruption and we have the products, services and team to automate, connect and secure their operations for the future.”
Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Van Meter is an Iowa-based distributor selling more than 800 brands of electrical and mechanical products to contractor, industrial and commercial customers nationwide, as well as internationally. Van Meter’s offering encompasses lighting, data communications, electric, utility, automation, power transmission, renewable energy, and more. Van Meter is a 100% employee-owned company with 15 locations across the Midwest. To learn more about Van Meter, visit www.vanmeterinc.com.