Sonny Morneault Named President of Wittmann USA

Press release submitted on behalf of Wittmann.

David Preusse, President of Wittmann USA, Torrington, Connecticut, has announced he is stepping down as President and transitioning to a part-time Business Development role with the company, effective May 2024 at NPE in Orlando.  Sonny Morneault, VP of Sales at Wittmann USA, has been named as the next President of the Company.

At a recent company luncheon in Torrington, CT, Wittmann Global Group President, Michael Wittmann spoke to all Wittmann USA employees via a video message announcing the news.

“My friendship with David Preusse goes back to February 1996, when I was General Manager of Wittmann Robot & Automation in the USA,” he said.  “Our chemistry fit right away, and I hired him to be Sales Manager.  David quickly increased our sales and market share, and he took over as President when I returned to Austria in 2002.  He has succeeded in expanding our business in every respect over the years, and this year, Wittmann USA will be our top sales producer in the world, overtaking Wittmann Germany – a great accomplishment.  We wish him all the best in his new part-time role with the company.”

“I’m pleased to announce that Sonny Morneault will be taking over as President of Wittmann USA in May 2024,” he continued.  “Sonny has really earned the respect of his team as the company’s sales leader for the past several years, and I am sure he will do a great job as David’s replacement, managing the company in the future.”

Wittmann also said that Preusse will stay on as a part-time advisor to Wittmann USA.  He will fill a business development role focusing on new business and markets.

Until then, it is business as usual, said Preusse.  “I look forward to continuing to serve as President and leading Wittmann USA into NPE2024,” he said. ” My Wittmann career includes plenty of great stories, overcoming many challenges, with a great team of talented people, I was proud to serve this company along with Michael Wittmann, and the Wittmann family.”

Preusse said that turning the leadership of Wittmann USA to Sonny Morneault is an ideal transition for the company and its customers.  “I am leaving Wittmann USA in capable hands with Sonny,” he said.  “He is well versed in who we are, and what we do well, and has been instrumental in contributing to our tremendous growth.  After his 17 years here he has earned this promotion.”

Sonny Morneault has been Wittmann USA’s VP of Sales since 2015.  He joined Wittmann in 2007 as Dryers Product Manager, and quickly worked his way up to serve in additional sales and leadership roles including Regional Sales Manager, and National Sales Manager.  Since becoming VP of Sales, he has increased Wittmann USA’s overall sales by 30%.

Morneault said, “I’m really excited for the opportunity to head Wittmann’s initiatives here in the USA. Our long history and continuous product innovation has always kept Wittmann at the forefront of innovation and I’m excited to be part of that. I look forward to this new role and to leading the company to new successes and sustained growth.“

Jason Long Promoted to Vice President – Sales
Wittmann USA has also announced that Jason Long will be replacing Sonny Morneault as Vice President-Sales.  Jason most recently was National Sales Manager for Wittmann USA’s robots and automation division.  He served in that role since 2017.

Long has been in the plastics industry for 25 years. He started his career at 19 years old, as an assembly technician building robotic tooling for the injection molding industry. In 2006 he joined Wittmann USA as a field service technician, where he traveled the country installing and repairing Wittmann robots. Jason transitioned into sales in 2013, filling the role as the Regional Sales Manager covering the Midwest territory. In 2017 he was promoted to National Sales Manager for Wittmann USA’s robot and automation division, and he relocated to Connecticut to work out of the company’s Torrington, CT headquarters.

Jason looks forward to the new role as V.P. of Sales and working with Wittmann USA’s other divisions to continue the company’s long-term success.

About Wittmann
The WITTMANN Group is a globally leading manufacturer of injection molding machines, robots and auxiliary equipment for processing a great variety of plasticizable materials – both plastic and non-plastic. The group of companies has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria and consists of two main divisions: WITTMANN BATTENFELD and WITTMANN. Following the principles of environmental protection, conservation of resources and circular economy, the WITTMANN Group engages in state-of-the-art process technology for maximum energy efficiency in injection molding, and in processing standard materials and materials with a high content of recyclates and renewable raw materials. The products of the WITTMANN Group are designed for horizontal and vertical integration into a Smart Factory and can be interlinked to form an intelligent production cell.

The companies of the group jointly operate ten production plants in six countries, and the additional sales companies at their 37 different locations are present in all major industrial markets around the world.

WITTMANN BATTENFELD pursues the continued strengthening of its market position as a manufacturer of injection molding machines and supplier of comprehensive modern machine technology in modular design. The product range of WITTMANN includes robots and automation systems, material handling systems, dryers, gravimetric and volumetric blenders, granulators, temperature controllers and chillers. The combination of the individual areas under the umbrella of the WITTMANN Group enables perfect integration – to the advantage of injection molding processors with an increasing demand for seamless interlocking of processing machines, automation and auxiliaries.

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