David A. Nicholson

general manager, manufacturing

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With over 30 years in the food industry, David brings a combination of technical, creative and managerial experience to Ab E Manufacturing. David has overseen the exploration, implementation and commercialization of new products and technologies at a number of the industry’s leading companies: Johnsonville Sausage, ConAgra Foods, Quest International Flavors and Food Ingredients, and Red Arrow Products. With a background in product development and R&D, he has led projects from concept to launch  for retail, innovation, and food services units.

David double majored in Meat and Animal Science and Poultry Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his technical work, he is also passionate about leading through coaching and education; he actively participated in the development and teaching of Sausage 101, now a regular course at Johnsonville University.

David enjoys outdoor adventures with his wife and daughters, as well as cooking, hunting, fishing, meat processing and hydroponics. He holds leadership and instructing positions with a number of Wisconsin hunting and sporting organizations, in addition to sitting on the board of directors of the Southeast Wisconsin Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.