EAGAN, MINN. — SOMIC Packaging, Inc. announced on March 16 that Ken Williams has joined its team. Williams will serve as the company’s new service and after sales manager, overseeing machine installations and directing the service team.

Prior to SOMIC Packaging, Williams served as packaging service manager for Engage Technologies Corporation, parent company of Easley, in which he managed installations, oversaw the service parts department, and provided training to distributors and users. He also held several operations roles at Coco-Cola and Rockwell Collins.

“There is a lot of work to do and challenges ahead, but I have an entrepreneurial spirit and that’s what attracted me to this position,” Williams said. “I met with Peter Fox and while talking with him, I got the same feeling I had when I was at Rockwell. I saw the growth SOMIC experienced in a relatively short period of time, and the potential opportunities that are down the road.”

In his role with SOMIC Packaging, Williams plans to expand the company’s service team with the addition of new service technicians.

“When I was at Coca-Cola, I started an in-house technical service so I know what it takes to build a department,” Williams explained. “Since coming on board, we brought everyone together under one roof here in Eagan. They had been working remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic started two years ago. I’ve also heard from more of our end-users who said they want us to do the maintenance on their SOMIC machines. With labor shortages, they simply don’t have the people and I see more of that happening in the next five years. We had three service technicians when I started, and I’ve since hired two people and am looking to add three more.”

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