July 17, 2018 – Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the promotion of Alvaro Nunez as Area Sales Manager for Central and Northern California. Nunez is responsible for bringing Key’s high performance digital sorters, vibratory conveying solutions and other automation systems to food processors and other manufacturers.
Nunez is based out of Key’s Innovation and Solutions Center (ISC) in Sacramento, California – one of the company’s four customer visitor centers around the world.
“With its high concentration of nut, fruit and vegetable processors, this important territory is perfectly aligned with Key’s products and value proposition. These businesses want technologies that improve food safety, increase yields and reduce operating costs. Our world-class VERYX® digital sorters and Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyors do all this and more, so we’re a great fit,” said Ray Kramer, Senior Director North American Sales. “We’re thrilled to have Alvaro take over this vital territory. His technical knowledge and application expertise, together with his extensive background partnering with our customers, make him a very valuable resource for processors.”
Nunez has been with Key for 18 years. Prior to this promotion, he was Regional Manager for Mexico, based at the company’s sales and service office in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Previously, he worked at the company’s Walla Walla, Washington headquarters, most recently as an Applications Engineer working directly with food processors. Before that, he held engineering positions with Key’s Research & Development team and its Service department. Nunez holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Guadalajara Mexico.
“Central and Northern California is a diverse and dynamic market. I’m excited to be out in the field meeting food processors at their facilities and inviting them to see our equipment in action at our Sacramento visitor center. Ultimately, I’m building relationships to help customers identify the ideal solutions that best meet their specific needs,” said Nunez. “Key is a respected market leader, known for innovative technologies, quality engineering and unparalleled customer support. Given the strength of our team and dedication to our customers, I’ve got a tremendous opportunity to help many processors improve their operations.”
The primary territory includes Central and Northern California. Additionally, Nunez is responsible for all walnut processors and all Frito-Lay plants throughout California. Excluded are wine, tomato, tobacco, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry customers, which are handled by industry-specific sales teams.
About Key Technology, Inc.
Key Technology is a global leader in the design and manufacture of automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors and other processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield, and reduce cost. Key manufactures its products at its headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; Beusichem, the Netherlands; Hasselt, Belgium; and Redmond, Oregon, USA. Key’s domestic facilities are certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. Key offers customer demonstration and testing services at five locations including Walla Walla, Beusichem, and Hasselt as well as Sacramento, California, USA and Melbourne, Australia; and maintains a sales and service office in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Key is a Duravant Company.
Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. Visit www.duravant.com.