JLS Automation (jlsautomation.com) has named John Hofer as Regional Sales Manager, Central Region for the U.S. and Canada. He will report to Michael Newcome, Director of Sales, Central U.S. and Canada.

Hofer has experience as a technical product manager in the packaging industry and will support sales for the Midwestern U.S. and Canada. Previously, Hofer held several roles during his 13 years with Multivac, including Field Service Manager and Automation Technical Product Manager, where he created custom automated packaging solutions. Before Multivac, Hofer held positions across different divisions at Barry-Wehmiller Companies, including senior project engineer, retrofit and rebuild sales and customer service.

Hofer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.