SEACAUCUS, N.J. — Freshpet, Inc. on Aug. 22 announced the addition of two seasoned pet industry professionals to its leadership team. Lynn Bingham joins the company as vice president of strategic quality and process development, and William Everett will serve as general manager of the company’s Midwest manufacturing expansion.

Both Bingham and Everett will report to Stephen Weise, executive vice president of manufacturing and supply chain.

Bingham has worked in engineering, product innovation, process, food safety and quality experience roles for almost 35 years, most recently serving as vice president of innovation and new process development at Bil-Jac Foods Inc where he managed three facilities.

Before working at Bil-Jac, Bingham led strategy, planning, production and fresh pet ingredient procurement for Win-Hy Foods Inc. In his new role, he will lead manufacturing process improvement and quality assurance initiatives. He will be based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. f

“Lynn brings a proven track record of process, innovation and quality expertise with an emphasis on sourcing high quality fresh protein ingredients and we look forward to his contributions to our manufacturing team,” said Billy Cyr, CEO of Freshpet.

Everett brings more than 20 years of supply chain and operational leadership knowledge to his new role. Previously, he served as executive vice president of supply chain at New Barn Organics, where he led operations and supply chain. He has also held vice president roles at Crystal Creamery and Hostess Brands.

Everett will lead the development and expansion of Freshpet’s Midwest manufacturing facility expected to be operational by fiscal 2022. He will be based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania until the new Freshpet facility is ready, then will move to the Midwest to lead operations there.

“As we make progress on our Midwest manufacturing expansion, Willie will play an integral role in leading site selection, design and development to support our strong consumer demand and future growth – fulfilling our mission of providing more pets with fresh all-natural foods that enrich their lives and the relationships with their pet parents, and doing so in ways that are good for our pets, for people and for our planet,” Cyr added.

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