March 2014, Vol. 241 No. 3

Q&A

From Autos To Engines, A Natural Progression For FME President

Energy companies always seem to have a knack for hiring the right person for the right job and at the right time. A case in point is Marvin Riley, president of Fairbanks Morse Engine in Beloit, WI. But before we begin our interview with Riley, let’s look at the company he inherited and its rich legacy. Fairbanks Morse was founded in the 1870s and quickly evolved into an engine company by 1885 with the acquisition of Eclipse Windmill Co. and Williams Engine Works. Through the years FME became a manufacturer of products ranging from radios, washing machines and power mowers to water heaters, air conditioners and storage batteries. FME reached an important milestone early on

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