Hunter Automated Machinery Corp. in Schaumburg has named Jim Fitzgerald to the new position of Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities will include all Schaumburg-based activities, with the exception of sales and marketing. His goals will include maintaining and building upon the company’s reputation for producing the world’s highest-quality foundry machinery and for providing superior after-sale support. Fitzgerald began his career as a machine assembler for Hunter in 1977, shortly after his graduation from Central College in Pella, Iowa. For the past 35 years, he has been dedicated to shop operations and manufacturing management at Hunter. He was promoted to vice president in 1992. “Jim brings the education, proven ability and determination to help Hunter achieve these goals. His leadership and commitment to our company is unquestionable and exemplary,” said Hunter Automated CEO Bill Hunter.