Fairfield’s James R. Dammon Center Opens in Indiana
February 13, 2008—Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Inc. officially opened the James R. Dammon Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in December of 2007. According to the company’s press release, the 8,800 square foot engineering center in Lafayette, IN will be equipped with a broad range of testing equipment for mechanical, hydraulic and electric powered applications. The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was hosted by Fairfield president and CEO, Gary J. Lehman. Joining in the festivities were Lafayette, IN Mayor Tom Roswarski, Senator Ron Alting, State Representative Sheila Klinker as well as key representatives from Purdue University. The research and development lab was dedicated to James R. Dammon, vice president of engineering at Fairfield, who joined the company in 1966 after graduating from Purdue University’s School of Engineering. Dammon’s list of accomplishments at Fairfield includes pioneering the development of electric drive gear assemblies for an industrial forklift application as well as a fully integrated drive assembly for a mobile scissors lift. “Jim Dammon’s innovative spirit, dedication and commitment to Fairfield speak for itself,” Lehman says. “Dedicating this facility to Jim is just a small recognition of our appreciation for Jim’s 41 years with this company and all that he’s done to put Fairfield out in the front as a technology leader in the industry.”Dedicating the new research complex to Dammon was kept a secret at Fairfield until the ribbon-cutting ceremony last December. According to attendees of the event, Dammon was shocked, surprised and honored for the recognition of his accomplishments.
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