Velosity Appoints Rich Patraw as Head of Operations, Accelerating Strategic Goals

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October 31  

Strategic Move to Cultivate Excellence and Drive Growth

FOREST LAKE, MN. (October 31, 2023) – Velosity is pleased to announce the appointment of  Rich Patraw as Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Rich will provide strategic  leadership for our teams located at our multiple sites in Forest Lake, Brooklyn Park, and Becker,  MN, as well as oversee our supply chain, procurement, and facilities. 

Rich brings a wealth of operations experience to the position, having successfully led the  Operations team in Brooklyn Park for the past six years and accumulated 17 years of experience  at Boston Scientific in various operational leadership roles. During his tenure at Boston  Scientific, he played a pivotal role in executing the manufacturing strategy for a drug-eluting  stent, contributing to one of the most successful product launches in their portfolio. His  extensive background encompasses operations, continuous improvement, molding, design,  technology transfers, and collaborating with multi-site operations, both domestic and  international. 

“Rich has a wealth of experience in building a strong team culture and fostering an environment  of empowerment and high-performing teams,” said Dave Hemink, CEO of Velosity. “His  extensive background in continuous improvement has led to significant efficiency gains,  substantial waste reduction, and the delivery of over $2 million in Value Improvement  Programs.” 

In his capacity as Vice President of Operations, Rich will be responsible for overseeing all  aspects of our operational processes, implementing continuous improvement strategies,  streamlining workflows, and driving best practices throughout the organization. 

About Velosity 

Velosity is dedicated to supporting device manufacturers in delivering innovative and reliable  healthcare products. We offer comprehensive contract manufacturing, injection molding,  precision machining, and tool building for complex and highly regulated applications. Starting  with expert guidance at the design-for-manufacturing stage, we ensure seamless production  while maintaining the highest quality and safety standards throughout the manufacturing  process. For more information, visit

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