John Lamprinakos, a veteran of the steel product industry, is the new president and CEO at Screen Machine and Diamond Z.
Etna, Ohio-based Screen Machine manufactures mobile crushing and screening equipment and acquired Diamond Z, of Caldwell, Idaho, in March of this year. Diamond Z makes grinding and chipping machinery. Both companies are owned by Columbus, Ohio-based The Crane Group.
Lamprinakos makes the jump to the heavy equipment industry after spending four decades with Worthington Steel where he led sales and production. Lamprinakos said he chose Screen Machine and Diamond Z over retirement because the opportunity to lead the companies was “too good to resist.”
“When I toured the facilities here and saw the pride and dedication of the employees of both companies, and realized the potential both have for tremendous growth in the future, I was hooked,” says Lamprinakos.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lamprinakos earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University. After college, he secured a sales position with Worthington Industries in Columbus.
“(Founder John H. McConnell) had every employee work on the factory floor for the first three months, and I learned so much about business and manufacturing during that time,” Lamprinakos says. Over his career at the company, he would serve in multiple roles, including president of Pressure Cylinders, president of Worthington Armstrong Venture, president of Engineered Cabs and president of Steel Processing.
“The culture at Screen Machine and Diamond Z, as well as The Crane Group, is all about respect, communication, generosity, loyalty and family. Those are exactly what we held as tenets of our company at Worthington Industries. My role here will be to build upon those principles as we continue to produce machines that meet and exceed the expectations of our customers,” Lamprinakos says.
As a starting point in his new gig, Lamprinakos returned where he began at Worthington four decades ago – the factory floor, the company says.
“I’m not the expert of the best practices here, the people doing the work every day are,” he says. “I intend to spend a great deal of time with them, as well as our sales team and our dealers, to learn all I can as we build a path toward our future success.”