News briefs - 4/1/2008

Cirrus promotes Bruce Gunter, Gary Black and Carroll LeBoeuf on sales staff; Norplex-Micarta names Dustin Davis international operations and engineering manager; Park names David Dahlquist as director of marketing, changes business unit name from Nelcote to Park Advanced Composites Materials Inc.; Plasticom hires Alan Jensen as business development manager; RTP names George Yule as general manager of the Defense and Aerospace Div.; Dassault announces keynotes for Abaqus Users' Conference.

Cirrus Design Corp. (Duluth, Minn.), a manufacturer of personal aircraft, has made several changes to the organization of its sales team including the promotions of Bruce Gunter, Gary Black and Carroll LeBoeuf. Gunter will serve as vice president, domestic sales. Black has been promoted to jet sales coordinator and will be dedicated to sales of Cirrus' Jet. LeBoeuf has been promoted to divisional director – Eastern U.S. and will work with Gunter.

Norplex-Micarta (Postville, Iowa) has named Dustin Davis to the position of international operations and engineering manager. Davis will be responsible for Norplex-Micarta's international supplier sourcing strategy, including foreign supplier qualification and development. His responsibilities also will include growing business in the Asian Market and furthering development of products and local supplier support systems.

Park Electrochemical Corp. (Melville, N.Y.) has announced the appointment of David R. Dahlquist as director of marketing for the company. Dahlquist will continue to report to Tony DiGaudio, Park’s vice president of marketing and sales. He previously held the position of product director at Park Electrochemical Corp. Park also has announced that it is changing the name of its business unit and subsidiary in Waterbury, Conn., from Nelcote Inc. to Park Advanced Composite Materials Inc. The unit will continue to manufacture advanced composite materials (the Nelcote product line) principally for the aerospace markets.

PlastiComp LLC (Winona, Minn.) has announced the hiring of Alan Jensen as business development manager. He will be responsible for increasing market penetration of Complēt composite pellets, Pushtrusion direct inline compounding and other new technologies and services from PlastiComp.

RTP Company (Winona, Minn.) has announced the appointment of George Yule as general manger, Defense and Aerospace Division, the first industry-based division at RTP Company. Yule’s responsibilities will include organizing the new division, establishing strategic relationships with defense and aerospace OEMs and suppliers worldwide, and establishing a new advanced materials laboratory to develop unique materials and processes.

Dassault Systèmes (Paris, France; Providence, R.I.) has announced keynote speakers from The Boeing Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as well as more than 50 customer presentations will be featured at the annual international Abaqus Users’ Conference (AUC), May 19-22, 2008, in Newport, R.I. The 2008 AUC keynote speakers are Kurt Kuhn, structural analysis tools manager at Boeing, and Hiroo Yamaoka, project general manager, advanced CAE division, at Toyota. For information on the AUC, visit