Rockford’s Southern Imperial, Inc., names new president

Online Staff Report

Steven M. Vandemore has been named president of Southern Imperial, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of fixture and display solutions for the retail industry.

Vandemore is a senior operations and business development executive who joins Southern Imperial after holding a series of increasingly responsible positions during his 14-year tenure at Deere & Company. Most recently, he served as director, business partner integration, for Deere’s construction and forestry business.

We are delighted that Steve has agreed to join Southern Imperial on a full-time basis,” said Stanley Valiulis, Southern Imperial’s chief executive officer. “Steve has been a valued member of Southern Imperial’s board of directors for the past five years, and he has in-depth knowledge of the company. Now, we will have the added benefit of his decades of experience in operations management every day.”

In recent years, Southern Imperial has enjoyed substantial growth, and there are many more opportunities for us to pursue,” Valiulis said. “Growing the business and delivering on our promises to our customers is now too big a job for one person to manage. Steve is an experienced and innovative leader who will focus his energies to building the structure, processes and culture necessary to take us to the next level. With Steve managing operations, I will be able to dedicate my efforts to continued business development.”

Prior to joining Deere & Company, Vandemore was vice president and general manager at Woods Equipment Company in Rockford. Earlier, he held a series of management positions at IBM and Deloitte & Touche. Vandemore is a certified public accountant with a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Southern Imperial, Inc., of Rockford, with factories in Centerville, Georgia, and Xiamen, China, is the industry’s leading manufacturer of store fixture hardware and retail display solutions — delivering proven results and influencing point-of-purchase for the nation’s top retailers and their suppliers. For more about Southern Imperial, visit www.southernimperial.com or call toll free (800) 747-4665.

Posted Jan. 16, 2015

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