Fritz Kaufman has taken on the role of vice president of manufacturing and development for Leatherman. Kaufman started at the company in November 2016 and is responsible for both engineering development and implementation of new products, as well as the management and optimization of Leatherman’s manufacturing facility to be globally competitive from the U.S.
Kaufman will lead new product engineering and implementation and will oversee quality, sourcing, manufacturing, engineering, production, and maintenance. Reporting to the president, the vice president of manufacturing and development will play a key role in the plans for growth and success.
Before joining Leatherman, Kaufman worked from 1998 to 2013 as the vice president of manufacturing and engineering at Leupold & Stevens, the global manufacturer and supplier of premium sports optics including the Leupold and Redfield brands. He was directly responsible for engineering, manufacturing, supply chain management, and quality assurance. He also worked for Lewiston, Idaho-based BLOUNT in various engineering leadership roles from 1991 to 1998. He served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer from 1985 to 1990.