ATCHISON, KAS. – Randy Schrick, vice-president of production and engineering for MGP Ingredients, Inc., plans to retire effective Dec. 31. Mr. Schrick, who has spent 42 years with the company, will maintain a relationship with Atchison-based MGP Ingredients through a multi-year consulting arrangement.

Between now and the end of the year, the current responsibilities of Mr. Schrick will transfer to Steve Glaser, corporate director of operations.

“Randy has made significant contributions to MGP’s success,” said Gus Griffin, president and chief executive officer. “His accomplishments are extraordinary, and he has and remains a great asset to our company. We wish him the very best going forward and are grateful that he will continue to support our growth by sharing his expertise and helping employees.

“We are also very pleased and fortunate to have someone of Steve Glaser’s caliber take on additional functional responsibilities that are so essential to our operations. We have tremendous confidence in his capabilities to maintain the high standard of excellence set by Randy.”

Randy Schrick will serve as a consultant for the company after retiring.

Mr. Schrick received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Washburn University in Topeka, Kas. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kas., in 1973, the same year he began his career at MGP Ingredients as a distillery shift manager.

Mr. Schrick served several terms on the company’s board of directors between 1987 and 2008. He was president of the company’s Pekin, Ill., joint venture operation, Illinois Corn Processing, L.L.C., from 2009 to 2011 and was co-c.e.o. of MGP Ingredients from December 2013 to July 2014.

Mr. Schrick served for five years as vice-president of engineering before being named vice-president of production and engineering in September of 2014.

“I am very grateful to the Cray and Seaberg families and now Gus Griffin for the opportunity to work for the same company my entire career,” Mr. Schrick said. “I hope at least in some small way I have given value to the company in return for what the company has given to me and my family.”