Douglas Machines Announces Leadership Changes

Douglas Machines Announces Leadership Changes
Clearwater, FL – October 1, 2019

For Immediate Release

Douglas Machines, Inc. announced today the retirement of its long time President Mr. David Ward and the appointment of its new President Mr. Paul Claro.

David has been the President of Douglas since 1989 and continued as President after the acquisition of Douglas by KODA Enterprises Group in 2012.  Under David’s leadership Douglas has grown to be the leading supplier of sanitation equipment to various food and industrial markets.  Jim Peden, COO of KODA Enterprises, commented on his experience with Ward, “It has been my pleasure and honor to work with David over the past several years.” He continued, “It is with a great deal of sadness that we see David go, but he has certainly earned it and we wish him well in his new position as Assistant Gardner of the Ward household.”

Separately, the company announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Claro as the new President of Douglas.  Paul has extensive leadership experience in a variety of businesses, most recently as the Vice President/General Manager of Trojan Battery Sales.  “I am excited to join the great team at Douglas, and I look forward to building on the tremendous success and continued growth of Douglas” said Mr. Claro.

Douglas Machine Corporation, located in Clearwater Florida, is the leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial washing and sanitizing systems for food related industries as well as other industrial markets.  The company designs and manufactures a broad range of systems used in baking, food processing, packaging, distribution, and a host of other industries serving many of the most recognizable names in their markets.

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies.

For further information contact:

James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891


John Karol, Director of Corporate Development
KODA Enterprises Group, 781-891-3066