New President for Johnson Level / Hultafors Group North America

Mequon, Wisc. — Peter J. Chatel has been named Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Level/President of Hultafors Group North America. Chatel has been tapped to lead the Johnson Level business after decades of family leadership. Hultafors Group AB successfully acquired Johnson Level & Tool on April 30, 2018.


Prior to joining Johnson Level/Hultafors Group NA, Chatel was a member of the senior executive team who led the turnaround of Senco Brands (global manufacturer and marketer of fastening systems) resulting in the successful transition of the business from private equity to Kyocera.

Prior to this, he held executive leadership positions at Walter Meier Holdings, and Pentair Tool Group (General Manager for Porter Cable Power Tools, as well as for Delta Machinery). He spent the first 13 years of his career at Black & Decker in commercial and general management roles, including assignments in both Canada and New Zealand.

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“I am very excited to be joining the Johnson Level / Hultafors Group teams. Johnson is an impressive business with a great history of contractor‐grade products, deep customer relationships, and a strong brand that is meaningful to the professional end user. With Hultafors Group’s new ownership, the potential for significant growth in U.S. and Canadian markets is very promising,” said Chatel.

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