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Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. Hires Fred Ruddy as General Manager

Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. Hires Fred Ruddy as General Manager | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

Shelbyville, KY – June 27, 2013 - Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD), a leading wholesale distributor of Farrier products, has announced the hire of Fred Ruddy, who joins the company as General Manager. In this position, Ruddy will oversee FPD’s general operations and assist the executive officers with planning, production and human resource management.


“This position was added as a result of the extraordinary growth the company is experiencing, and allows us to align our staff in positions that best fit their strengths while supporting our goal of delivering superior service to our customers,” states Dan Burke, president of FPD. “Fred brings experience and a unique perspective to our business and we are happy to have him join the team. He is a talented manager with the exceptional ability to understand technology, analytics and the best practices for the organization of our warehouse and distribution operation.”


Ruddy joins FPD with over 15 years of successful experience as a manager, systems analyst and inventory specialist, primarily in manufacturing and distribution. Most recently he was responsible for opening a distribution center in Shelbyville, KY for the Kittrich Corporation, serving as Plant Manager. He began his career as a Systems Analyst for Leggett & Platt, Inc., located in the corporate office in Carthage, MO, as well as holding the position of Branch Manager of the Southern California Bedding Components Distribution Center in South Gate, CA.


A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and major in Production/Operations Management and M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, Ruddy completed a semester of study in international business at Orebro University in Orebro,

Sweden. He and his wife and three children live in Shelby County, Kentucky.


This information was edited from a press release provided by FPD.

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Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration ends, but not the controversy

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration ends, but not the controversy | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The granddaddy of Tennessee walking horse shows drew to a rocky close Saturday, but the winners and losers of a two-week mud-slinging contest over the state's high-stepping icon are far from decided.


Celebration diehards said they were surprised at the number of police and security guards. Celebration announcers gave a first-ever warning about what the audience should do in the event of a "disruption."


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Apron News: Gibbins of Suffolk Announces Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. is Exclusive Importer and Distributor for North America

Apron News: Gibbins of Suffolk Announces Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. is Exclusive Importer and Distributor for North America | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

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April 23, 2013 - Gibbins of Suffolk, located in the United Kingdom, announced they have signed an agreement with Farrier Product Distribution, Inc. (FPD) of the U.S., to import and distribute their line of aprons designed specifically for the farrier market.


Under the terms of the agreement, FPD, one of the largest distributors of farrier products in North America, now has exclusive rights to import and distribute the Gibbins aprons to North American markets.


The announcement follows a devastating fire in November of 2012 that destroyed the Gibbins’ production facility. The plant has been restarted, and it is anticipated full production and availability of product will occur by mid to late summer of this year.


Founded in the early 1980’s, Gibbins of Suffolk was purchased in 2007 by Carl Bettison.


“North America is a market with great potential, and our agreement with FPD will allow us to expand our presence and maintain the reputation we have for quality and detail,” said Bettison, Director of Gibbins. “With FPD’s dedication to product development, marketing collaboration and outstanding distribution network they are an excellent choice to represent our products.”


“Gibbins enjoys a good reputation among the farriers for the quality and craftsmanship in the aprons they produce,” said Dan Burke, President of FPD. “We set extremely high standards for the products we distribute and Gibbins meets our expectations. We look forward to a long and
prosperous partnership with Carl and his team at Gibbins.”

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Tensions high as inspectors take crackdown to heart of the walking horse industry (with video)

Tensions high as inspectors take crackdown to heart of the walking horse industry (with video) | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — The extremes have placed the Volunteer State's most recognizable icon under unprecedented scrutiny by government regulators, criminal prosecutors and the public.


The question on everyone's lips: Is abuse still happening and how widespread is it?


It has led to a showdown of animal lovers, and the trigger is Shelbyville's 11-day Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, a 74-year-old tradition that began Wednesday and ends Saturday.


Click on the big bold headline to read the full story and watch the video on timesfreepress.com.

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