Bill Curran to Retire as Segment President and General Manager from ATC Automation Ethan Bernhardt as Successor
ATC Automation & Robotics announced that Bill Curran, the Automation Segment President and Cookeville location General Manager will retire effective July 1, 2022 while continuing to function in an advisory role until December 31, 2022. Ethan Bernhardt will assume these roles effective July 1, 2022.
“ I have been blessed to be a part of ATC and witness the growth in the markets we serve and the expansion of our operations in North America. Our associates are exceptional, highly skilled and integral to the success of our business,” said Curran. Mr. Curran has served in his current role since 2000 and prior to that led various technical positions for ATC. During Bill’s tenure the company has grown from 50 employees with one facility located in Cookeville, TN to 300+ employees with facilities located in Cookeville, TN, Simi Valley, CA, and Monterrey MX.
Mr. Curran served as the Chairman of the Board for the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce and under his leadership ATC Automation & Robotics has been heavily involved with the local community. Areas of involvement range from implementing an updated controls lab facility for Tennessee Technological University, to working with area businesses and education programs to facilitate regional growth, and also supporting local charities.
“Bill Curran has been the key leader for ATC Automation’s success for the past 33 years. He has been instrumental in driving our growth, leading our strength, and instilling our ethics to provide world class equipment. I am fortunate to have had his mentorship for over two decades,” said Bernhardt. Ethan Bernhardt graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and has worked at ATC Automation & Robotics since 2001. “I have known and worked with Ethan for 21 years and he is a proven leader. I have solid confidence in his character, technical expertise and his dedication to the continuing success of the company. Ethan understands the complexities of our industry and what is required to succeed and continue to grow.” said Mr. Curran. In Mr. Bernhardt’s 21 years at ATC he has served as a Mechanical Designer, Service Team Coordinator, Business Unit Manager, and in his current role as Director of Operations. Bernhardt attributes his success to, “God most of all for blessing me with a loving and supportive family and for surrounding me with strong mentors, both personally and professionally”.
ATC Automation & Robotics has been in business for 45 years. The company started with two employees with one location and has grown to multiple facilities and over 300 employees. ATC Automation & Robotics provides highly technical custom Automation and test equipment to the Medical, Automotive and General Consumer businesses in North America as well as Internationally.