Mullet announces retirement from Excel 


Senior Vice President Bob Mullet has announced his retirement from Excel Industries. He will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mullet has served as vice president since 1993. During his tenure with the company, Bob has also served as CFO and been responsible for information technology, human resources and manufacturing.

Before settling in Hesston in 1993, Mullet worked in the administrative division of the healthcare industry for more than 22 years. He worked as a hospital administrator for Mennonite Central Committee, spending two years in Haiti and three years in Afghanistan. Bob later spent 17 years as a health care administrator in Paoli, Indiana.

Mullet has represented the Mennonite Economic Development Association by going on several short-term volunteer consulting assignments. He currently serves on the steering committee of MEDA’s latest fundraising campaign. Bob has also served on the Schowalter Villa board and oversaw numerous gifts by Excel of lawnmowers and donations to local organizations such as Hesston College.

Born in Montana, Mullet first moved to Hesston with his family in 1958. Prior to his career in business and management, Mullet graduated first from Hesston College, and later from Goshen College where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Excel Industries was founded in 1960. Excel introduced the Hustler, the world’s first zero-turn mower in 1964 under the direction of then president Roy Mullet, Bob’s father. Excel currently manufactures zero-turn mowers and utility vehicles under the Hustler® Turf and BigDog® Mower Company brands and has a network of more than 2,000 dealers and 35 distributors worldwide. Additional information is available at



Bunting names product manager

Bunting® Magnetics Co. of Newton recently announced the appointment of Barry Voorhees as its Product Manager over Metal Detection. Voorhees will manage the growth and profitability of the company’s line of metal detection products by supporting the company’s sales team, identifying new markets and customers, improving the product and enhancing the accompanying service and warranty programs.

“As we continue to experience remarkable growth in metal detection and look to expand this line with new and complementary products to better serve our customers, we needed someone who clearly understands sales, manufacturing and engineering,” commented Rod Henricks, Director of Sales, Bunting Magnetics, who made the announcement. “His background expands over two decades at Bunting Magnetics Co. as design engineer, inside sales and estimating manager, technical services manager and general manager making him the perfect candidate to not only fill this role, but to also be a valuable resource for the sales team.”

Based in Newton, Voorhees draws on more than 20 years of experience in Bunting Magnetics Co. in a variety of positions. Most recently, he was General Manager, where he managed the entire Newton based operations team, including the inside sales group, design and engineering personnel and all manufacturing

“I am very much looking forward to using my experience to help power the Bunting brand further in metal detection and build upon our well-established sales and product strategy. With a wide range of metal detection products that can fit into several industries including food, plastics, recycling and textiles, the opportunity for continued growth is tremendous,” commented Voorhees. 


NMC’s  Easter earns patient safety credential

Newton Medical Center Patient and Family Engagement Coordinator Kesa Easter has been recognized by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

“Earning this credential attests to Kesa’s professional competency in patient safety science and application,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president, CBPPS. “This achievement demonstrates her expertise in this critical discipline and positions her among those committed to and leading patient safety work.”

“Kesa studied many months in her pursuit of this certification, and her diligence has been duly rewarded,” said Malea Hartvickson, director of quality & analytics, Newton Medical Center. “During the learning process, she was able to translate her course work to current organizational opportunities and apply the knowledge. Through Kesa’s attainment of this certification, our organization, our patients and our community will all benefit.”

Easter earned this credential in part by passing a rigorous, evidence-based examination that tests candidates on their competency in patient safety science and application.


Tractor Supply to host pet adoption event

On Sept. 16  Newton Tractor Supply will host a Pet Appreciation Week community event featuring pet adoptions, demonstrations on pet nutrition and a free Greenies™ dental dog treat for customers while supplies last.

This year's Pet Appreciation Week community event will also include: Lapp Adoption Service and Peabody Horse Rescue at Tractor Supply form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Pet Appreciation Week, an annual celebration of animals and the families who care for them, is open to the public and leashed pets. Tractor Supply stores offer a full line of products for pets, small animals and livestock, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment. 

For more information on the week’s events or to participate, contact the Newton store at 316-283-1100.