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Shuttleworth Inc. named Business of the Month

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018

Shuttleworth Inc., 10 Commercial Road, was named Chamber Business of the Month for August by the Chamber Ambassadors. Shuttleworth Inc. was founded by James Shuttleworth in 1962.

The Chamber Ambassadors selected Shuttleworth Inc. as Business of the Month for their long-time support of the Chamber and their many contributions to the Huntington community.

Shuttleworth Foods began in 1938 when Charles Shuttleworth, a tomato farmer, started his canning operation in Warren, Indiana. In 1952, Charles, along with his 13-year old son, Jim, developed the “Can Un-scrambler” to assist in the process of canning tomatoes. Prior to his father’s death in 1961, Jim Shuttleworth purchased the machinery portion of the business and relocated operations to Huntington, Indiana. Shuttleworth Machinery Corporation was born in May 1962. In 1969, Shuttleworth moved operations to its present building at 10 Commercial Road in Huntington.

Quite the entrepreneur, Shuttleworth sought to find a solution for feeding products gently into the case packer. His world-renowned and patented “Slip-Torque®” conveyor was developed in 1972, enabling products to be moved by friction between the rollers and the product being conveyed. And, in 1974, Shuttleworth Incorporated was created and a joint venture partnership in Japan began with the formation of Taiko-Shuttleworth. The demand for European sales and manufacturing soon grew with an office opening in Belgium in 1979. Not soon after, Shuttleworth opened an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Due to the economic downturn in the electronics market, the Japanese joint venture was dissolved in 1996.

In 2002, Shuttleworth introduced its “Easy Clean” conveyor designed for the food and healthcare market. This stainless steel conveyor includes minimal horizontal frame surfaces where contaminants can collect and allows for easy wash down. Shuttleworth’s innovative “Star Roller” was then created in 2003 specifically for the paper handling industry to eliminate creeping or shingling of the bottom layers of paper when stacked or accumulated on the Slip-Torque conveyor.

In 2003, Jim Shuttleworth died unexpectedly in a single-plane crash. His widow, Carol Shuttleworth, was appointed president and CEO by the board of directors, a position which she held until selling the company to ProMach Incorporated in 2011.

ProMach is a leading provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical and other diverse consumer and industrial companies. ProMach provides equipment, training, installation and parts in primary packaging, end-of-line packaging, and identification and tracking. ProMach is headquartered in Covington, Kentucky, with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Shown on the front row, from left are Terry Miller, Real Living Ness Bros. and Chamber Ambassador; Jeremiah Moore, Norwood Nursing & Rehabilitation and Chamber Ambassador; Michael Liu, engineering manager, Shuttleworth; Chris Pletcher, controller, Shuttleworth; Ken Tinnell, general manager, Shuttleworth and Rita Haneline, Markle Health & Rehabilitation and Chamber Ambassador. Back row, from left, includes JoDeane Knowles, TCU and Chamber Ambassador; Danica Donaldson, purchasing manager, Shuttleworth; Matt Reich, manufacturing manager, Shuttleworth; Tim Updike, after market manager, Shuttleworth and Davin Smith, Bowers Brewer Garrett & Wiley and Chamber Ambassador.