HICKORY, N.C. — HSM announced today that Anthony “Tony” W. Everett, president of the HSM’s Transportation & Specialty Manufacturing Division, will retire on July 31, 2018.
Everett, a 30-year veteran of the seating industry, joined HSM with the acquisition of C.E. White in 2012 and held positions of increasing responsibility before serving as the division’s president. Over the six years Everett has been with HSM, Transportation & Specialty Manufacturing has grown into a key supplier in the school bus seating segment, touching all major school bus producers and driving innovation in seating solutions. The division supports customer needs in several transportation segments in addition to the school bus, including commercial seats, RV, ATV, and aftermarket. Prior to joining HSM, Everett spent 18 years with American Seating and six years with C.E. White.
“I have come to a fork in the road, and I feel it’s time to put the passion and energy into my personal life as unwaveringly as I have into my business life,” stated Everett.
Mark S. Jones, president and CEO of HSM, said, “Tony has played an integral role in helping transform our company. While his contributions are many, his dedication to grow our business and drive innovation will be remembered most. Additionally, Tony’s rigorous and disciplined approach are unparalleled. He often quoted one of NASA’s favorite sayings, “failure is not an option.” On behalf of our shareholders, our board of directors, and the company, I would like to thank Tony for his leadership. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
During his retirement, Everett will continue to support the company in a strategic advisory role and be involved in special projects.
A search for the new division president has been initiated. In the interim, the Transportation & Specialty Manufacturing Division will report to Chief Operating Officer, Michael Hinshaw.
Hinshaw stated, “Transportation is a core growth business for HSM. We are committed to continuously developing new and innovative solutions for our customers and markets.”
HSM is a leading manufacturer of diversified products, such as furniture and bedding components, packaging, transportation seating, heavy duty sewing machinery and more. The 74-year-old company is composed of five divisions: Hickory Springs Manufacturing, Hickory Springs Foam & Fabrication, HSM Transportation & Specialty Manufacturing Solutions, HSM Diversified Solutions and Atlanta Attachment Co. HSM has 38 locations across 15 U.S. states employing approximately 3,000 people. www.hsmsolutions.com