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Columbia/Okura announces new hire

Columbia/Okura, LLC.

Vancouver, WA -  Columbia/Okura LLC is pleased to announce that Sabine Woodall has accepted the position of Materials/Supply Chain Manager for Columbia/Okura LLC.

Sabine brings tremendous experience to Columbia/Okura’s operation. Her Supply Chain career started shortly after receiving her degree in Foreign Trade and Distribution from Berufsschule in Kuenzelsau,Germany. While attending Berufsschule, she participated in an apprentice program affiliated with Wurth GmbH & Co. This apprenticeship gave her a great background in all facets of Wurth’s business. Upon completing this program, Wurth offered her a position in purchasing in the USA-this temporary role led to a 5 year assignment, ultimately being responsible for worldwide purchases.

Following her assignment at Wurth, Sabine joined Karcher North America as Purchasing Manager. There, she managed a team of 5 buyers, and was responsible for all purchased materials. Her success took her to a Karcher plant in California, as Operations Manager, where she was ultimately responsible for relocating the company’s facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California to Monterrey, Mexico.

After her successful operation’s assignment in Camas, WA, Karcher promoted Sabine to Director of Materials Management (Karcher North America). In this role, she was responsible for managing purchasing and warehouse operations. After 3 years in this role, Sabine was promoted to Director of Procurement. She has been responsible for an $80 million purchase spend and overseeing a 9 person supply chain teams at 3 separate locations while in Camas.

We are very excited for Sabine to join our team!

About Columbia/Okura

Columbia/Okura LLC designs, integrates, and commissions end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries.  For over 20 years, Columbia/Okura has been a leading provider of robotic palletizing systems by delivering custom engineered solutions meeting demanding customer requirements.  Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura Yusoki, Co., Ltd.

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