March 5, 2020 – Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, announces the appointment of Jesus Acevedo as Area Sales Manager for the Pacific Northwest United States. Acevedo is responsible for bringing Key’s high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems to customers that process fruits, vegetables, potatoes, nuts, snack foods, poultry and more.
“We’re excited to have Jesus back at Key. When he was a sales engineer here several years ago, he acquired a deep understanding of our products and the needs of our customers, and since then, he’s gained a lot of direct sales experience. Now, he’s here to partner with food processors and deliver solutions that improve product quality, increase yields and reduce operating costs,” said Ray Kramer, Senior Direct of North American Sales at Key. “Jesus possesses a great combination of technical know-how and people skills – he’s a terrific resource for our customers.”
Acevedo brings four years of experience selling food processing machinery and other capital equipment. Most recently, he was an Account Manager at Raymond Handling Concepts and, prior to that, a Sales Representative with PRO Sales. Previously, he was an International Sales Engineer at Key. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Washington.
“Key is a high caliber company, respected and trusted for its innovative technology and unparalleled service. With our industry-leading VERYX® digital sorters and Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyors, we’re helping food processors increase their productivity and efficiency. Since recently adding Herbert’s root crop solutions to our family, we have even more to offer,” said Acevedo. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to rejoin Key. There is a wonderful atmosphere of camaraderie here that I enjoy – a culture that encourages teamwork, which fuels our success.”
Based in Yakima, Washington, Acevedo is taking responsibility for the territory that was handled by Denny Snyder, who is retiring after almost 20 years with Key.
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.