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SIOUX CITY | Dan Van Eldik has been promoted to chief executive officer of Prince Manufacturing Corp.

Eldik succeeds George Sully, who retired as CEO on April 1.

Sully graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He had worked for Prince since 1980, when he was hired to develop the R&D laboratory for the corporation.

Van Eldik, a graduate of Western Iowa Tech Community College and Wayne State College, holds degrees in applied science-mechanical engineering and industrial management.

He joined Prince in 1987, and most recently was employed as executive vice president since 2011.

Prince also announced the retirement of its director of human resources and general manager and successors for both positions.

Roberta Piper, human resources director, retired on Jan. 22.

Piper graduated from Walthill Public School in Walthill, Neb. She began working at Prince on Jan. 22, 1969, at Omahaline Hydraulics Company, a division of Prince.

She became director of human resources on Nov. 1, 2005.

Cheri Teut has been promoted as the new director of human resources.

Teut graduated from Morningside College with a bachelor’s in accounting, and from Western Iowa Tech Community College with an associate degree in applied science–accounting specialist.

A certified professional in human resources since 2002, Teut joined Prince 19 years ago.

Gerald Kempema retired as general manager of Prince Hydraulics Company on Nov. 22.

A former U.S. Marine, Kempema devoted 41 years of service to Prince.

Denise Kneifl has been promoted to general manager. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls with a bachelor’s in agricultural engineering technology, Kneifl joined Prince in 2000 as a drafter.


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