Kristen Shields takes the reins as President of 80-year-old Graymills, which manufactures ink pumps, metalworking pumps and parts washers. The company is best known forperistaltic or “tube” pumps, engineered specifically for flexo and gravure printing applications. Graymills manufactures all of its global products at its 125,000-sq. ft. headquarters and plant in Broadview, IL. The company has been owned by the Shields family since 1980. Kristen has held a variety of key roles in sales, marketing, and operations since joining the company in 1989. Linda Shields will continue her position as chairwoman. “I’m thrilled to take over the day-to-day leadership of the company which my father and mother built into a seasoned global manufacturer while maintaining our three core principles of developing industry innovation, utilizing the talents of our employees and manufacturing quality equipment,” Shields says. “I look forward to celebrating our 80th anniversary in 2019 by continuing our growth trajectory, launching innovative,new products and manufacturing the highest quality of standard and customized pumps and parts washers.” Additionally, Bill Cox has been named Director of Engineering.