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11/10/2009 | 3 MINUTE READ

News briefs -- Nov. 10, 2009

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Fred Norman named COO of AOC; HGF Industries hires Mark Hartsky; BMCI hires Scott Henricks as technical sales engineer; William (Bill) Wood named president of Cytec's Engineered Materials business; EPTA soliciting pultrusion papers; Doug Still named national accounts sales manager at Gibson; Janicki launches new website; JB Martin Ltd. names Suzanne Hofford new business development manager.


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Fred Norman has been appointed to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer of AOC (Collierville, Tenn., USA). Norman will report to Randy Weghorst, who continues in his role as chairman and chief executive officer. Norman joined Alpha Corp., a co-founding company of AOC, in 1976. He held several positions in Alpha for Alpha Resins and its subsidiary SynTechnics Inc., before being promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alpha in 1991. Instrumental in the formation and financing of AOC, formerly the joint venture between Alpha and Owens Corning, Norman was executive vice president and chief financial officer of AOC before his current promotion.

BGF Industries Inc. (Greensboro, N.C., USA), a textile manufacturer, has added Mark Hartsky to its Protective Fabrics Div. as armor development specialist. Hartsky joins BGF after a 29-year career with DuPont in Richmond, Va., where he served in a number of roles, including as Kevlar ballistics research and development technologist.

Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI, West Chicago, Ill., USA) has announced the addition of Scott Henricks as technical sales engineer. Scott has 28 years experience in the thermoset industry, starting in 1981 with Chicago/Maclean Molded Products (MMP) where he began as a SPC coordinator and was promoted through the ranks as quality manager, engineering manager, plant manager, operations manager, and product line manager. Some key achievements were receipt of quality awards Ford Q1, certification to QS9000, ISO14000, and TS16949. Major product developments that Henricks orchestrated while with MMP were the first fiberglass-reinforced composite products used in torque converter applications (reactor/stators) for Ford, GM, and Chrysler, the first two shot-composite combination (polyester support core and silicone over mold) fuse cutout insulator replacing porcelain and the design and development of the BMC 304 spare tire heat shield employed by GM to protect under body spare tires from the exhaust heat.

Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, N.J., USA) has appointed William (Bill) Wood as president of Cytec’s Engineered Materials business. Wood will become a member of Cytec’s Executive Leadership Team, effective immediately. He will continue to be based at the headquarters for Engineered Materials in Tempe, Ariz. Wood, 48, was vice president of Commercial operations for the Engineered Materials business responsible for sales, technical services and program management since 2007. Prior to that he held several general manager roles for Engineered Materials in the U.S. and Europe, where he lived in Wrexham, U.K. for three years. Wood came to Cytec as part of the Fiberite acquisition in 1997.

The EPTA – European Pultrusion Technology Association — is inviting composites professionals to submit presentations for the 10th World Pultrusion Conference taking place April 8-9, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain. The presentations are to document innovations in the area of pultruded reinforced  plastics. Speakers application form is available on the EPTA website at www.pultruders.com, or by e-mail at info@pultruders.com. Deadline for submission is Nov. 25, 2009.

Gibson Fiberglass (Irwindale, Calif., USA) says that Doug Still has joined the Gibson Fiberglass sales team as national accounts sales manager. Before joining Gibson Fiberglass, Still worked for Composites One for 12 years, serving as national accounts manager for the last 4 years.

Janicki Industries (Sedro-Woolley, Wash., USA), a manufacturer of composites tooling, has launched a new website to better serve its growing markets. The new site (www.janicki.com) reflects the company's entry into alternative energy composite manufacturing, including wind blade prototyping and parts production. 
The company's new website highlights important aspects of its capabilities, including the proprietary Janicki Industries' 5-axis CNC machines. An expanded facilities and equipment section details the specifications and capabilities of Janicki's various shops, including wood and putty facilities, machine shop, welding and metal work, varied CNC machines, ovens, metrology and research and development.

Industrial fabrics manufacturer Martintek USA, and parent company JB Martin Ltd. (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada) have announced the addition of Suzanne Hofford as new business development manager for composites and ballistics markets globally. Hofford's previous experience includes business development at Innegrity LLC as VP of sales, Contec Inc. as a business manager for the Cleanroom Div., and Milliken & Co. in various sales and marketing roles.