KPI-JCI hires Nate Hicks as parts sales engineer

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, Yankton, South Dakota, has hired Nate Hicks (right) as a new parts sales development engineer as part of the company’s ongoing strategy to grow its price, dependability and quality and original equipment manufacturer parts lines.
Hicks recently relocated from Colorado, where he mostly served as a project engineer for springs fabrication. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Hicks, a native of Yankton, previously worked for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ South Dakota manufacturing facility as a design drafter intern in 2008.

As a parts sales development engineer, Hicks’ primary responsibilities will include increasing customer uptime and reducing overhead costs through improved parts design, according to the company. Director of parts Ryan Newman says the addition of Hicks was an important step in growing the company’s PDQ and OEM parts sales.

PDQ parts are a collection of high-performance, after-market parts developed by in-house design teams and experienced engineers that are supported in the same way as the company’s OEM parts.

“We are thrilled to have Nate on our team,” Newman says. “The combination of his education, prior work experience and his exceptional personality will make him a valuable team member. I am confident he will be an extraordinary asset to our team as we expand our parts offering.”

Hicks can be reached by phone at 605-668-2635 or by e-mail at

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens manufactures equipment for the aggregate, construction and recycling industries.

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens

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