James W. Shoemaker Jr.
Former Morbark President
James W. Shoemaker Jr. has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing industry.
Shoemaker joined Morbark in 2003 as Director of Operations before being promoted to Vice President of Operations, and then was appointed President in 2011. He retired after 13 years at Morbark, on August 5, 2016.
Prior to coming to Morbark, Shoemaker spent 25 years with the Jervis B. Webb Co., managing operations, accounting and supply chain.
Passionately involved in local industry associations, Shoemaker is a Founder and the President of the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association as well as a member of:
- Middle Michigan Development Corporation Board of Directors
- Central Michigan University School of Engineering Advisory Board
- Member, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Scholarship Committee
- Eastern Michigan University College of Technology Dean’s Advisory Board
- Greater Gratiot Industry/Education Roundtable
- The Rogers Group Board of Directors
In May 2016, for his efforts, dedication and issue advocacy for the manufacturing industry, Shoemaker was honored with the 2016 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award recipient for Large Tier Companies by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).
Now in its 35th year, the Award program recognizes manufacturers for their dedication to community service, issue advocacy and their role as a symbol of the positive work being done by the manufacturing industry.
Shoemaker, a proud Huron, graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1975. OAH-AAH!