Joe Nitiss Appointed CEO of Rockford Systems, LLC

Press Release from Rockford Systems LLC

Rockford, IL, August 8, 2016

Nitiss to lead Rockford Systems aggressive growth strategy by expanding new products and services for machine safeguarding and industrial safety at Rockford

Rockford Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of machine safeguarding products solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Joe Nitiss as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Nitiss previously was General Manager of the North American business unit of Elster, a provider of gas, electricity and water meters.

Capitalizing on his experience with Fortune 500 companies, Nitiss will be leading Rockford Systems in advancing its place as a trusted supplier and advisor for a broad range of machine applications in industrial markets. Moving beyond products, Rockford Systems today provides services such as risk assessment, training, machine surveys and compliance validation to promote a safer and healthier industrial workplace for employees. Nitiss aims to expand this market strategy, developing new and diverse consulting solutions to keep customers compliant with stringent OSHA and ANISI machine safeguarding regulations.

“I am very excited to be leading these efforts to accelerate growth at Rockford Systems,” said Nitiss. “The company is in a very strong place with a deep bench of machine safety experts to help consult on customers’ projects, coupled with a line-up of innovative products to fuel our momentum.”

Along with serving as GM at Elster, Nitiss spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts as President North America of Emerson’s Chloride Group. During his tenure overseeing Genesis Cable (now Honeywell Cable) as General Manager, the division outperformed competitors in the residential structured wiring and home automation market space. Prior to those positions, Nitiss was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Honeywell International and Vice President of Marketing for Emerson Electric Co.

Nitiss holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The University of Chicago where he also received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Economics.

According to the United States Department of Labor, Machinery and Machine Guarding was one of the top ten most frequently cited OSHA violations in 2015. When used correctly, Rockford Systems OSHA-approved products prevent severe injuries by shielding hazardous areas of a machine to prevent contact with the operator, and to control dangerous by-products, such as metal chips, from exiting the machine.

About Rockford Systems, LLC.

Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Rockford Systems, LLC delivers innovative machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. As a trusted adviser since 1975, Rockford Systems helps organizations interpret and apply complex Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) machine safety standards for a broad array of industrial applications. In addition, Rockford Systems provides complete Safety Life-Cycle Management, including on-site surveys, customized solutions, proprietary products, installation and integration services, safety training, 24×7 technical support and ongoing compliance validation. Rockford Systems has improved the profitability of many of North America’s largest companies by increasing compliance, reducing worker risk, enhancing productivity and decreasing costs. For more information visit

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