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Richard Powell to Retire From Brunson Instrument Co. in 2021

Company launches search for replacement

Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 12:00

(Brunson Instrument Co.: Kansas City, MO) -- Completing a 21-year career at Brunson Instrument Co., general manager Richard Powell will retire later this year. The company has initiated a vigorous search for Powell’s replacement, and he will continue in his current capacity until the position is filled.

“Many of our manufacturing and operational innovations are a result of Richard’s vision and perseverance—providing us the ability to best serve our growing customer base,” says Deighton Brunson, the company’s CEO. “Richard’s accomplishments at Brunson have transformed us into a modern company.”


Brunson general manager Richard Powell will retire in 2021 after his replacement is brought on board. Powell has worked with Brunson Instrument Co. for more than 21 years.

Powell began working with Brunson in 1998 as a management consultant, and soon after joining the company full time in January of 2000, accepted the challenge of reorganizing the manufacturer’s multiple-line production processes. Under his guidance Brunson became ISO-compliant in 2008 and has successfully applied lean production management processes and the theory of constraints.

“The Brunson brand is recognized by metrology professionals around the world, and Richard has worked hard to help guide the company to this position,” says Brunson board member David J. Morse, former SVP, managing director—Americas at FARO Technologies, Inc. “Richard’s retirement will be well-earned, and the board will be diligently seeking a company president to fill his shoes,” he adds.

“Attracting a ‘president’-level leader makes sense for Brunson,” says Mike Tracy, HR consultant and Brunson board member. “And our search will focus on candidates with a strong background in business development and market expansion,” he adds. Powell will continue on the company’s board of directors after the transition.

“I have always said that I want to leave the company better off and ensure that it is positioned to grow to the next level,” says Powell in an announcement to Brunson’s employees. “Brunson has given me fantastic opportunities and experiences over the last 20 years. I am very grateful and appreciative.”

About Brunson Instrument

Brunson Instrument Co. designs, manufactures, and markets portable measurement and alignment solutions for high-precision industrial applications. The company’s product line includes metrology instrument stands, laser tracker target holders, calibration equipment, optical tooling instruments, and scaling artifacts. In addition to private label and contract manufacturing, the company offers a full spectrum of client services for aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, lumber, power generation, pulp and paper, and other industries. Founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927, Brunson is an ESOP company, and serves its international client base through strategic distributors in Europe, Asia, and the Americas out of its unique underground production facility.

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