HARTLAND, Wis., (September 10, 2012) — Dorner Mfg. Corp. President and CEO Richard “Rich” Ryan died in a motorcycle accident Saturday, Sept. 8, while traveling in the western United States.

Rich, 59, began his career with Dorner in October 2005, when he was hired as its COO. He held that position until this past June, when he was appointed President and CEO following the company’s acquisition by Pittsburgh-based Incline Equity Partners. Under Rich’s leadership the company more than doubled in size and is known in the industry as the leader in unit handling conveyors. Prior to joining Dorner, Rich held several executive management positions at Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee.

He is survived by his wife Denise and his two sons, Timothy and Colin.  This is an extremely difficult and trying time.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ryan family.

About Dorner
Hartland, Wisconsin-based Dorner Manufacturing is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of high-quality conveyors and related equipment. Since 1973, companies from around the world have turned to Dorner conveyors for greatly improved efficiency and productivity. For more information about products or company news, visit Dorner’s Web site or call John Kuhnz, director of marketing, at 262-369-1332,

About Incline Equity Partners
Incline Equity Partners focuses on making private equity investments of $10 million to $25 million in support of leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and large minority financings of lower middle market growth companies with enterprise values between $25 million and $100 million across a variety of industry sectors including specialized light manufacturing, value-added distribution, and business and industrial services.