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Nordson Corporation Announces Election of James E. DeVries to Corporate Vice President

30 Nov 2011


Westlake, Ohio, USA – November 30, 2011 -  Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) today announced the election of James E. DeVries as a Corporate Vice President of the company.  DeVries serves as Nordson’s Vice President, Global Continuous Improvement, reporting directly to Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton.

“With the customer as our focus, Nordson is committed to building on excellence and driving growth and performance everywhere we operate,” said Hilton.  “Jim DeVries has been a key part of Nordson’s success since joining the company more than 25 years ago, and his election as a Nordson Corporate Vice President is well deserved.  Since being promoted in 2010 to his current non-executive officer role as Vice President of Global Continuous Improvement, Jim has helped accelerate our performance in the near term while also laying the groundwork that will help drive our results to higher levels over an extended period.  Throughout his career, he has consistently added value to our organization while embodying Nordson’s corporate values of energy, excellence, integrity, customer passion and respect for people.”     

DeVries’ current responsibilities include leadership of a global team tasked with setting productivity goals, defining key metrics, ensuring overall process consistency across the company, and leading large enterprise step-change projects.  Prior to being named Vice President of Global Continuous Improvement in October 2010, DeVries held a variety of operational and engineering positions with increasing responsibilities during his 25 year career at Nordson.  As Adhesive Dispensing Systems Vice President, North America and China Engineering & Operations, he was responsible for two Nordson facilities being selected as winners in IndustryWeek magazine’s prestigious Best Plants competition.  Nordson’s plants were recognized for excellence in operational improvements, agile production systems, supplier partnerships, customer focus, employee empowerment, quality systems, management practices, proactive environmental and safety practices, and manufacturing capability.   DeVries also previously served as Vice President of Adhesives Dispensing Systems’ nonwovens product line and as a systems engineering manager.  He began his Nordson career as an engineer in the company’s Industrial Coating Systems segment.  DeVries earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University.

DeVries joins the following eight Nordson Corporate Officers: Michael F. Hilton, President and Chief Executive Officer; Gregory A. Thaxton, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; John J. Keane, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology Systems; Peter G. Lambert, Senior Vice President, Adhesive Dispensing Systems; Douglas C. Bloomfield, Vice President, Industrial Coating Systems; Gregory P. Merk, Vice President, Pacific South Division; Shelly M. Peet, Vice President; and Robert E. Veillette, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. 

Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions that help customers increase speed, productivity and up-time, enable new products and features, and decrease material usage. The company engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials, fluid management, testing and inspection, and UV curing and surface plasma treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service.  Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, building and construction, and general product assembly and finishing.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries.  Visit Nordson at www.nordson.com, twitter.com/Nordson_Corp, or Facebook.com/Nordson.

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CONTACT:  Nordson Corporation
                   James R. Jaye (Director, Communications and Investor Relations)