Lummus Promotes Ross Rutherford to VP – Product Management & Marketing

September 21, 2018. Savannah, GA. – Lummus Corporation, the world’s leading solution and equipment supplier to the cotton ginning, oilseed processing, and affiliated industries, has promoted Ross Rutherford to Vice President – Product Management & Marketing for its agriculture line of business.

Rutherford is a career Lummus employee, having begun work for Lummus Industries, Inc, in 1986 as a Field Engineer in the Lubbock, TX, office. In 1987, he moved to Fresno, CA, working as a Sales Engineer until 1989, when he moved to the corporate headquarters in Columbus, GA. From 1989 to 1999, Rutherford worked in a variety of roles in design engineering, technical service, and sales/marketing. When the company moved its corporate headquarters to Savannah, GA, in 1999, Rutherford assumed the role of Project General Manager. He moved to Lubbock in 2004 to assist with the oversight of the newly-acquired Belt-Wide Industries, Inc., and he has lived there since.

In his announcement to employees, Russell Sutton, President of Lummus’s agricultural line of business, stated, “This recognition is long overdue, since Ross, in many ways, is one of the key players within the Lummus organization. His decades of experience in all functional areas of Lummus, both in the field and at the corporate level, make him well-suited to oversee our product planning, marketing focus, and overall corporate brand strategy for the ag side of the business.”

In addition to his duties at Lummus, Rutherford has dedicated much of his efforts to supporting the cotton ginning industry through education, serving as an instructor for the annual National Cotton Ginners Association Gin Schools in Texas, New Mexico, and Mississippi. He has also conducted Gin Schools in Argentina and Brazil, and he has authored or co-authored more than a dozen technical articles on ginning, presenting many of the topics at industry technical meetings. In February, he was awarded the Charles C. Owen Distinguished Service Award from the National Cotton Ginners Association. He is an active member of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers.

Rutherford is a 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University, with Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering.