A brewer in the region has a new director of brewery operations.
Holland-based New Holland Brewing said last week Tom Stryker will serve in the role for its beer unit.
He will provide both day-to-day and long-term leadership to the brewery production team, while also working closely with the internal and external sales teams.
Stryker joined New Holland 10 months ago to help lead the brewery’s integration and implementation of new products.
Previously, Stryker served as VP of business development for Grand Rapids-based Blue Medora, a maker of IT monitoring software.
He has also provided strategic leadership on a consultative basis as a principal of the Stryker Group, as well as held leadership positions at Johnson Controls and Plascore.
“Investing in strategic planning and operational performance is key for our future,” said Brett VanderKamp, president, New Holland Brewing. “Tom will bring some depth in long-term thinking as we continue to add new products and markets. Tom’s years of high-level strategic planning will also help provide direction for our brewery team as we continue to see significant growth.”
Stryker’s promotion is part of a strategic effort by New Holland to expand its leadership to grow expertise in the areas of sales leadership development, strategy and long-term planning.
In 2015, New Holland’s production facility underwent substantial development: tripling the brewing capacity through additional indoor and outdoor fermentation; new keg line; expansion of the Dragon’s Milk cellar; additional refrigerated warehouse space; a new wash and column still; new shipping docks; increased manpower; and more.
Founded in 1997, New Holland Brewing has 400 employees and sells its beers and spirits across 38 states and four countries.