Chip Smith of Fort Mill has retired from E.W. Process, a distributor of industrial equipment headquartered at 100 Main St. in Fort Mill.
Smith founded Process Equipment, Inc. in 1990, which became EW Process in 2009 when the company merged with Emory Wilson Industrial. In its 23-year history the company, grew from three to the current 23 employees and over $15,000,000 in annual sales. In 2011, Smith led the effort to convert to an employee-owned company to ensure a smooth succession and ownership by existing employees. He is leaving to dedicate more time to a non-profit organization he founded, Education Equals Hope, which provides scholarship assistance to needy children in Ecuador, Haiti and Uganda.
Mark Pettibon, who joined the company as general manager in 2009, will replace Smith as president. Pettibon previously was president of PEP Filters and former partner in Process Equipment, Inc. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and lives in Rock Hill.
Michael Taylor has been promoted to vice president of sales. Taylor has been with Process Equipment and E.W. Process 17 years, serving as the regional sales engineer for the Greenville/Upstate. He is a graduate of Clemson University and lives in Greenville.
E.W. Process specializes in process liquid applications and has sales staff in the two Carolinas and Virginia and a service center at 138 Massey St. in Fort Mill. E.W. Process gives a portion of its profits to charity each year. This totaled more than $129,000 in 2013.