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HSM hires directors for Corporate Innovation and Technology Center

 Image of Scott BeattyScott Beatty Image of Jim CardinaleJim Cardinale

HICKORY, N.C. — Furniture and bedding component manufacturer HSM named two directors of its Corporate Innovation and Technology Center here.

Scott Beatty is the new CI&T director of design services and Jim Cardinale is CI&T director of furniture solutions.

"Earlier this year, when we announced the company's migration from a components supplier to a supplier of integrated solutions with a market-focused strategy, we also explained we were going to place greater emphasis on research and development by increasing our engineering staff and leveraging our new Corporate Innovation and Technology Center," said Dwayne Welch, HSM executive vice president chief marketing and innovation officer. "The addition of Scott and Jim supports the build-out of the center and enhances our research and development capabilities at HSM."

Beatty oversees product design and development for HSM's four business units, including responsibility for new product testing, prototyping and validation. He also manages resources to ensure adherence to HSM's New Product Development process.

Beatty had more than 28 years of engineering and leadership experience, most recently as director of program management with Jarden Consumer Solutions. His resume also includes positions with Viking Range, Orion Enterprises, Whirlpool and Sargent and Greenleaf.

Cardinale manages engineering research and development activities for new and existing products in the furniture business unit. This includes product design, development, testing prototype/validation and manufacturability.

Cardinale worked as a product development director with upholstery producer Smith Brothers of Berne before joining HSM. His 18-year career also includes work as an applications engineer with Maxon Corp.

Beatty and Cardinale will report to Gregg Greulich, corporate vice president of innovation and technology.

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