Emerald Transformer (Emerald) welcomes Jim Palmer as the company’s new general manager of the Lexington plant. Palmer brings over 30 years of experience in organizational development, operations management and safety and environmental protection within multi-state and multi-plant production. His leadership and unique skillset strengthen Emerald’s ability to continue its regional and national growth.
As general manager, Palmer is responsible for overseeing the performance, compliance, productivity, efficiency and profitability of Emerald Transformer. His hands-on, people-centric management style promotes employee engagement and reinforces the company’s safety standards, core values and culture.
Prior to his new role, Palmer served as director of operations of a $180 million cooking equipment company, leading the company through a series of mergers and acquisitions. He managed a complex restructuring of the company, which included consolidating five plants, centralized the corporate headquarters from several locations and combined two engineering centers. Accountable for the health and safety of over 350 personnel, Palmer is well-versed in OSHA standards, and received a Safety Excellence Award from his previous employer.
Palmer considers his extensive Naval experience to be the key to his ability to manage people and processes efficiently and effectively. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) twice, and received the Navy Commendation Medal twice, while leading naval boardings during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Savannah State College, and his Master of Science degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University. Deeply committed to putting down lasting roots in Mississippi, Palmer joins his family in Madison.
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