Continued Growth in 2014 Drives Promotions and New Hires at Western States

Robert Sinnard, Director of Sales & Marketing
Western States Machine Company
+1 513.863.4758

[Fairfield, OH, U.S.A. - August 20, 2014] - Due to the impressive and continuing growth of Western States, the company promotes multiple team members from within the organization and welcomes four new team members during the first and second quarters of 2014. The promotions include Celia Cano Ramón, Human Resource Manager; Emily Giuliano, North American Sales Manager; Janet Spisak, Inside Sales and Marketing Specialist and Cody Sorrell, Buyer. The new team members are John Cherry, Asia Regional Sales Manager; Fernando Viera, International Sales Manager; Tonia Muhammad, Sales and Marketing Assistant; and Eric Parsley, IT Support.

“We have an incredibly talented crew here at Western States. Celia, Emily, Janet, and Cody bring unique skill sets which will continue to help our company grow. We are excited about the future’s possibilities,” shares Robert Sinnard, Director of Sales and Marketing at Western States.


CELIA CANO RAMÓN: Human Resource Manager

Cano Ramón has been with Western States since 2007 and has served in various roles (expediter, buyer and systems support). Celia, originally from Barcelona, Spain has a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Management and Human Resource Development from Xavier University. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Catalan with some proficiency in French and Portuguese. Cano Ramón can be reached at +1 (513) 863-4758.

EMILY GIULIANO: North American Sugar Manager

Giuliano came to Western States in July, 2013. Graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Emily has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemical Engineering. Previously she managed key accounts supplying chemicals in the form of coatings, adhesives and pigments. Giuliano can be reached at +1 (513) 858-9601.

JANET SPISAK: Inside Sales and Marketing Specialist

Spisak joined Western States in September, 2013. Spisak, with a diversified background, has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) English Language and Literature with minors in Communication and Drama. Past roles include Assistant Marketing Director, Administrative Assistant, and Sales/Support Claims. Spisak can be reached at +1 (513) 287-7562.


Sorrell has been with Western States since June, 2011. Cody joins the purchasing department as a buyer after excelling for three years in the shop as an Inspector. Sorrell has experience in many technical service positions as well as quality assurance. You can reach Cody at +1 (513) 287-7551.

New Team Members

JOHN CHERRY: Asia Regional Sales Manager

John began his current position with Western States as Asia Regional Sales Manager in June but he was originally affiliated with Western States as a consultant and analyst in April 2012.

Before joining Western States John spent nearly sixteen years in the United States Marine Corps serving in a variety of assignments including assignments in telecommunications and security cooperation. In 2011 John transitioned from active duty to the Marine Corps Reserves so that he could earn a Master’s degree in International Development at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

In addition to his degree from Chulalongkorn University John also has a Master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the George Washington University in Washington D.C.

You can reach John at 011-66-90-924-3111.

FERNANDO VIERA: International Sales Manager

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fernando holds a Master’s Degree in Economics with an International business focus from Wright States University in Dayton, Ohio. Viera has over 15 years’ experience in international sales in over 35 countries. Prior to coming to Western States, Viera was in sales for the capital equipment industry, the air-moving industry, and the industrial abrasive industry.

Viera has lived in Argentina, Brazil, and Spain. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His extensive business travel has taken him to Colombia, Uruguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, Germany, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and various other locations.

Fernando can be reached by telephone at +1 (513) 287-7555.

TONIA MUHAMMAD: Sales and Marketing Assistant

Tonia came to Western States in April 2014. Graduating from Miami University, Tonia has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration. Previously she worked for Fairfield City School District and has also served as the Billing Supervisor for Volt’s District Accounting Center near Seattle, Washington. Tonia can be reached at +1 (513) 287-7529.


Eric came to Western States in January 2014. Eric came from a local business as the Lead PC Technician and previous to that he worked for a major software company as a Technical Support Specialist that supplied software and hardware to car dealerships all over the world. Eric Parsley can be reached at +1 (513) 287-7599.

About Western States

Founded in 1917, Western States is the only remaining United States-based sugar centrifuge/centrifugal manufacturer (machines utilized to separate liquids from solids). Brand names include Western States, Roberts Centrifugals, and TITAN. Additionally, Western States is a distributor for Riera Nadeu, S.A. located in Barcelona, Spain.

While Western States' originated to develop and manufacture improvements for centrifugals in the sugar industry, expansion occurred in 1950 to include centrifuges for non-sugar industries including the separation of fine chemicals, agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Since its humble beginnings, Western States has grown to become a global supplier for both the Sugar and Chem/Pharma industries, with more than 6,000 centrifugals installed world-wide.

Western States is located at 625 Commerce Center Drive, Fairfield, Ohio and can be reached by telephone +1 513.863.4758; by email; or via the website at

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