James W. Shoemaker Jr. announced his retirement from Morbark as its president since 2011. He has spent 50 years in the manufacturing industry, 13 of these years have been at Morbark. He has also held the position of Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations before being promoted to president.

Shoemaker has been planning to retire when Morbark was acquired by Stellex Capital Management. He stayed on for several months to help with a smooth transition. He intends to provide consultation services and continue to stay involved with Morbark.

Based in Michigan, Morbark has been inventing and building heavy machinery for the past 60 years. Through a worldwide dealer network, they sell everything from skid steers to tree chippers. Earlier this year, Shoemaker received the 2016 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award for Large Tier companies by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).