July 9, 2014 (Chico, California)—Klean Kanteen, a leader in sustainable solutions to single-use plastic, is bolstering its executive team with the addition of Martin Stokes. With over 20 years of experience in operations, logistics, and manufacturing management, Stokes will streamline Klean Kanteen processes and supply chain, while safeguarding the sterling reputation of the company’s products.
“As our manufacturing capabilities grow alongside demand for our products, it is paramount that we maintain the integrity of our supply chain and the quality of our products,” states Jim Osgood, CEO & President of Klean Kanteen. “In joining our executive team, not only does Martin fulfill a key role, but he brings with him an intimate working knowledge of what it will take to refine operations across our business and develop the next generation of our global supply chain.”
In his most recent role as vice president of operations at Biomed Development, Stokes helped the company reduce backorders from over $500,000 to less than $50,000. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Burton Medical Products where he helped the company triple profits in his first year. As director of manufacturing at Easton sports, Stokes improved manufacturing throughput from 45 days to 7 days, among other laudable achievements.
"I have witnessed few companies in my career that are driven by values and ethics the way Klean Kanteen is,” states Stokes. “I’m honored to be welcomed into a team that puts the important things first and I look forward to assisting Klean Kanteen in furthering its mission.”
Stokes and his family currently reside in Simi Valley, California. Originally from England, Stokes studied mechanical engineering before moving to the U.S. in 1984.
About Klean Kanteen
Founded in 2004, Klean Kanteen released the first stainless steel, BPA-free, reusable water bottle. Nearly a decade later, the Northern-California based, family-owned and operated company is distributed in 40-plus countries worldwide and more committed than ever to making healthy, high-quality goods to replace a lifetime of single-use items. With environmental stewardship and fair labor central to the company’s philosophy, Klean Kanteen partners with local, national, and international organizations to support efforts toward health, the reduction of single-use plastic, and environmental education and awareness. In 2008, Klean Kanteen became a member of 1% for the Planet, committing to donate of at least 1% of annual sales to environmental organizations working towards positive change. In 2012, Klean Kanteen proudly became a B Corporation, certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit www.kleankanteen.com.