ANNANDALE, Minn. — Don Schmidt has announced his retirement from Malco Products effective June 26, 2014. Schmidt has been with Malco for over 42-years where he has held positions as national sales manager, director of sales and promotion, vice president of sales and marketing, and for the past 18-years, executive vice president. According to the company, he has been the face of Malco at industry functions for many years.

"During his tenure at Malco, Schmidt was instrumental in ushering in change to the company culture as a member of steering committees that formalized processes for manufacturing and resource planning, new product development, and product customization," said the copmpany. "He also led Malco initiatives to grow globally, and during the great recession he spearheaded efforts to diversify Malco’s markets and product line."

Schmidt will continue to serve on the MAclo board of directors as he transitions to retirement. In recent years Malco’s top management structure has transitioned to director positions for finance, operations, marketing, and product development. Mary Ross, director of marketing, continues to oversee both sales and marketing functions for Malco, and Eric Peterson continues to lead new product development.