Methods Machine Tools names new CEO

Aug. 8, 2023
Richard “Rick” Alton previously served as CEO of Manitou Americas.
Methods Machine Tools Inc.
Rick Alton
Rick Alton

Methods Machine Tools Inc. announced its board of directors has appointed Richard “Rick” Alton as its CEO, effective immediately.

Beginning in 2017, Alton served as CEO of manufactured construction and material handling equipment company Manitou Americas and president of its Compact Equipment Products Division, overseeing the company’s $400 million business. Before that, he spent 19 years at JLG Industries, an Oshkosh Corp. company.

In his new role, Alton will assume responsibility of all operating functions of Methods Machine across its nine direct offices throughout the U.S., as well as its national distribution network.

“Rick is a longtime sales executive and general manager with a track record leading profitable growth in industrial capital equipment businesses in the U.S. and abroad,” said Scott McIver, Methods’ owner and chairman. “His history of successfully leading high-performing sales, service and product management organizations arrives at the right time to accelerate our ambitious growth plans.”

With headquarters in Sudbury, Mass., Methods Machine Tools supplies high-quality, high-precision machine tools and automation solutions, and designs integrated custom machining processes and systems.