Fourth Generation Joins French Oil Mill Machinery Company

Piqua, Ohio (February 17, 2010) - French Oil Mill Machinery Company recently appointed Taylor "Tayte" French Lutz as Marketing Coordinator. Lutz will be responsible for market analysis, brand management, and all marketing campaigns at French Oil. She is the fourth generation of the French family to be employed by FOMMCO.

Lutz comes to French Oil with eight years of experience in marketing, business analysis, sales, and buying in the fashion industry, having worked for both Donna Karan International and Bloomingdale's. She worked at French Oil for several summers, while in school. Lutz graduated from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, with a Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) in Marketing. She also studied Marketing in the European Union at the MBA Institute in Paris, France.

French Oil designs and manufactures a wide assortment of hydraulic presses, for molding and shaping rubber and composite materials for aerospace, automotive, and printed circuit board components, office and school furniture, and SRIM applications. The company also offers a broad range of mechanical dewatering and drying presses for the synthetic rubber industry. In addition, French has equipment for the preparation and extraction of vegetable oils, such as soybeans, cottonseed, canola, etc., for food and industrial uses, including bio-diesel and other fuels. Most components are manufactured in French Oil's 225,000 sq ft plant in Piqua, Ohio. The company is certified to the new ISO 9001:2008 standard, and has customers in more than 80 countries.

Founded on May 25, 1900, the company has remained under family ownership and management throughout its 110-year history. Daniel P. French, Lutz's father, Chairman of the Board and President, is only the fourth President at FOMMCO. His grandfather, Alfred Willard French, who founded the company, then his grandmother, Grace Albers French, and lastly, his father, Alfred Willard French, Jr, preceded him. Dan French's son, Peter L. French, serves on the Board of Directors. Of all the US companies founded in 1900, less than 2% have survived and are still owned by descendants of the founding family.

Daniel French noted, "I am extremely happy to welcome the fourth generation of the French family as a fellow employee. Tayte's arrival signals potential long term continuity for our customers and employees, and her keen marketing skills will contribute to the company's continued growth and world-wide development."

Lutz added, "French Oil, long known as a global leader for its continual innovation, quality design, and manufacturing, has always been an important part of my life. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the company professionally, and to continue our family's history."

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