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 by Sarah Maher,

For Immediate Release

General Kinematics                                                                               

Marketing Dept.: (815) 444-3521





General Kinematics welcomes Rick Kempf back as North American Foundry Director. On February 25, 2019, Rick Kempf returned to General Kinematics Crystal Lake location to continue his career in the industry he feels the utmost passion for: Foundry and Metalcasting.

Rick returns after four years gaining experience in different facets of the foundry process, from molding to processing. When asked about his time away from GK Rick replied: “It was a great learning experience. I got to dive into areas of the foundry that I had not been as involved with in the past.” Though he enjoyed his exploration of foundry processes, in his management roles he was not able to spend as much time in the foundry environment working directly with his customers. In Rick’s words: “I missed the smell of core sand as we pulled into the parking lot of the foundry. Sitting down with Claude (General Kinematics’ Foundry Market Director) and a plant manager to solve their problems and design a process that will meet and exceed their expectations are some of my favorite memories from my career.”

Rick first started at General Kinematics in 1994 as a design engineer, later moving to the sales department and becoming North American Sales Manager. Rick holds five patents from his time with General Kinematics including a patent he shares with General Kinematics’ President, Tom Musschoot. Rick comments on GK equipment “It’s a phenomenal product, the best-engineered product on the market and still being driven by innovation” Kempf adds “A lot of other companies are founded on saying ‘we can do that too’ but Al (General Kinematics’ founder) made sure that GK would always ask ‘what more can we do?’”.

On returning to GK, Rick: “I’m excited to be back, foundry gets in your blood, and it never leaves, it’s my passion and what I am best suited to do.” Rick looks forward to catching up with old friends from his previous ventures with General Kinematics and meeting new contacts at upcoming shows like CastExpo in April.

Those interested in contacting Rick with questions, comments, or concerns about GK Foundry equipment can contact him via the contact information provided below.



Rick Kempf

Rick Kempf


Phone: (815) 444-3543




General Kinematics

General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. Today the company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment, having held more than 200 worldwide patents, and is acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical advancement of vibrating equipment design and application.  General Kinematics serves a worldwide customer base through a network of engineering-oriented independent sales representatives who cover major industrial markets throughout the United States. International markets are serviced from subsidiary operations and through a combination of representatives, licensed manufacturers, and strategic alliances with leading industry-specific organizations in other strategic locations. Today, over 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries.  As new process and efficiency challenges emerge, General Kinematics is uniquely qualified to address these needs with advanced technology, innovative engineering, new materials, and manufacturing techniques… all applied to improve customer productivity and profitability while meeting ever more stringent requirements. Today, GK knows no limit in our ability to provide a broad level of engineering support and capacity that other companies cannot offer. We bring a 360-degree view to the whole process picture, often supplying engineering resources our customers do not have or do not wish to fund internally.