Donald Leon Farrow has a twenty-four year career in engineering that spans positions with Nestlé USA and ACH Food Companies. During his tenure with ACH Food Companies, Donald Leon Farrow managed the maintenance and engineering department of the nation’s largest food plant that specializes in edible oils. ACH Food Companies makes Karo Syrup and Mazola Oil, as well as Durkee and Weber spices and Fleischmann’s yeast.
receiving his bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering at Western Michigan
University, Donald Leon Farrow joined Avon Products, Inc. as an equipment
engineer. At Avon, Donald Leon Farrow was the engineer responsible for bringing
the industry’s first ultrasonic level detection for high-speed packaging. His innovations
helped save the company money by making it more efficient.
After accepting a position with Abbott Laboratories in Sturgis, Michigan in 1989, Donald Leon Farrow progressed from packaging equipment engineer to mechanical maintenance engineer. While at Abbott Laboratories, Donald Leon Farrow was project engineer for yet another industry first—bottling infant formula in plastic containers.
While serving as senior project engineer at Philip Morris’s Concord, North Carolina plant, Donald Leon Farrow led the project that developed precision micro-print on cigarette containers that ran through high-speed printers. Donald Leon Farrow also helped develop a precision retrofit that improved the quality and legibility of print on cigarette packaging.
In 2006, Donald Leon Farrow was awarded a patent for a vehicle light that improves road illumination under conditions of low visibility. The patent was a collaboration between Farrow and three brothers—a chief of medicine, attorney, and an arson investigator who is also a military leader.
Currently, Donald Leon Farrow is director of engineering for the American Italian Pasta Company (AIPC) division of Ralcorp Holdings in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. AIPC is the largest pasta manufacturer in America, providing products to grocery stores and the food service industry. There, Donald Leon Farrow has led projects that have saved AIPC millions of dollars each year.
Donald Leon Farrow is very active in his local community, serving as an animal rescue volunteer for the Excelsior Springs Dog Shelter and the National Animal Welfare Society (NAWS). Donald Leon Farrow is also a licensed foster parent and advocate. While living in Illinois, Donald Leon Farrow served as a volunteer for the United Way and as a dog rescuer for The Pet Pen. While working at Philip Morris, Donald Leon Farrow was twice selected to serve on the grant making board, a position for which more than 300 employees applied.
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