Gearbox Express Names New VP of Operations

With its beginnings in apple orchards, this company has returned to its green roots by machining large parts for the wind-power industry.


Gearbox Express, the only independent company in North America solely focused on providing down-tower, wind gearbox remanufacturing solutions, has named John McKay as vice president of operations.

McKay started his career in the United States Marines, reaching the level of Sergeant. After his military service, he worked for BP Wind Energy as lead operator of its wind-energy operations followed by a several-year stint at AES Corporation in a variety of roles, the final one as manager, NERC compliance and operations. He has nearly 10 years of wind-energy industry experience, and his background includes performance and quality management, organizational design and development, and productivity and efficiency improvement. As vice president of operations for GBX, he is responsible for managing operations and talent, establishing operating and capital budgets, overseeing the company’s engineering activities and quality, and championing GBX’s continued commitment to the environment, safety, and lean processes.


“Gearbox Express has seen phenomenal growth since we started in 2012,” said Bruce Neumiller, founding partner and CEO. “And in order to ensure we continue on our upward trajectory with the same commitment to quality, service, and speed, we need the right person serving as our VP of Operations — and that’s John.”

McKay received his Bachelor of Science degree in IT Management and his MBA in Global Business Management from the American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia, and is a Six-Sigma Green Belt. He is a member of several organizations including serving as chairman of the Texas Reliability Entity-Reliability Standards Committee, Generation Sector, and serving as co-chairman of the American Wind Energy Association’s Workforce Development subcommittee.

Source: Gearbox Express

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