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Columbia Machine Mourns the Loss of Fred Neth Jr.

Fred Neth Jr., whose father founded the company, was with Columbia Machine for nearly six decades before retiring as Chairman of the Board in December of 2019.

Fred Neth Jr

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Columbia Machine is mourning the passing of Fred Neth Jr. Neth held multiple positions during his more than 57 years with the company, playing a critical role as it grew over the last 86 years and transitioned through the first three generations of family ownership. Many of the factory automation solutions that were designed and built during Neth’s long tenure with the company are still in operation today.

“Fred was very dedicated to the success of our customers and employees. Up until he retired you would regularly see him on the shop floor asking about orders that were getting ready to ship and checking in with employees he had worked with for many years,” said Rick Goode, Columbia Chairman and CEO. “Fred had a deep loyalty to the long-term success of the company his father founded in 1937. He cared passionately about his Columbia Family and will be missed.”

Neth is survived by his wife Michele and sons Gary and Bryan. He will be deeply missed by the Columbia Team and the extended Neth Family.

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