Martin Engineering, a worldwide leader in bulk materials handing technology, has announced the retirement of Chief Technical Director Todd Swinderman as of December 31, 2011. He will continue to support key strategic initiatives with the company as an independent consultant. Swinderman dedicated his career to advancing Martin Engineering, with more than 32 years of service. During his tenure, he was President of the company for 11 years and served seven years as President and CEO. Swinderman developed a number of proprietary systems that have achieved leading positions in the product offering, many of which have become the industry standard for design and performance. He currently holds more than 140 active patents in 12 different countries. “Todd is a well-recognised expert in bulk material handling, with over 50 years of industry experience,” said Ed Peterson, Chairman of Martin Engineering. “He has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening our outstanding R&D team, which is among the best in the industry, and he led our entry into the international marketplace. We are deeply indebted to him for his dedication and outstanding contribution to Martin Engineering.”Building on the foundation of innovation established by Swinderman and a comprehensive strategic plan, Martin is positioned to sustain its role as a global team working in an environment of continuous improvement that inspires customer loyalty.Swinderman has also played a vital role in the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) as President of that organisation in 2009. Previously he served CEMA in several other positions, including chair of the Conveyor Components Section, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. Swinderman also chaired the committees to re-write CEMA Standard 550: Bulk Materials and to create CEMA Standard 575: Impact Beds. In addition, he was chair, editor and “driving force” behind the Sixth Edition of the CEMA Belt Book, Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials.Swinderman was the principal author of Martin Engineering’s FoundationsTM series of non-commercial books, which discuss methods to improve belt conveyor efficiency through total material control. He has published over 30 articles and technical papers on problems and solutions in bulk material handling, including conveyor design, safety and methods of fugitive material control.