Arlen Don Lummus, former co-owner and chief executive officer of Stewart Systems will be inducted into the American Society of Baking’s (A.S.B.) Baking Hall of Fame. Mr. Lummus will be honored at BakingTech 2019, A.S.B.’s annual tradeshow held Feb. 24-26, 2019, in Chicago.
Mr. Lummus was the co-owner and c.e.o. of Stewart Systems, Inc. and its subsidiary, The Middleby-Marshall Oven Co. In 1971, Mr. Lummus entered the bakery equipment manufacturing segment when he purchased a stake in Stewart Engineering. He led a turnaround there that included Stewart’s acquisition of Middleby-Marshall and increased sales through the application of leading-edge technologies, including conveyorized systems and computer-integrated manufacturing. He also helped develop turnkey, multi-vendor equipment platforms for bread and bun bakers.
In later years, Mr. Lummus negotiated the sale of Middleby-Marshall to the TMC Corporation, now known as The Middleby Corp., where he became a director for 30 years. Mr. Lummus also has held directorships in the American Bakers Association (A.B.A) and BEMA.
“These individuals all showed magnificent leadership and represent the best qualities of compassion, forward thinking and personal judgment,” said John Del Campo, chair of the A.S.B. Baking Hall of Fame Evaluation Committee and manager, REPCO Bakery Division. “Speaking for all members of the evaluation committee, it is an honor for us to look at their accomplishments. They inspire our future by their examples.”
The Baking Hall of Fame has inducted 82 individuals since 2006. From bakeries and allied equipment and ingredient suppliers to schools, service organizations and publishers, honorees come from every corner of the baking industry.
“The baking industry and its allied suppliers continue to provide us with excellent candidates for Baking Hall of Fame honors,” Mr. Del Campo said. “The committee thanks all those who nominated individuals for the coming year’s honors. It was an extraordinary list.” (source: Bakingbusiness.com)