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9/13/2011 | 2 MINUTE READ

News Briefs: Sept. 13, 2011

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Argosy names Richard Rocco president and COO; Axion International Holdings brand names composite railroad ties EcoTrax; Eastman Machine CEO Stevenson featured in Friedman/Mandelbaum book.


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Argosy International (New York, N.Y., USA) on Aug. 22 reported that it has appointed Richard Rocco as its new president and COO. He has also been elected to Argosy’s board of directors. Rocco reports to Paul Marks, Argosy’s chairman and CEO. Rocco, who joined Argosy in 2009, previously served as the company’s CFO and executive vice president of operations. Prior to Argosy, Rocco held senior positions at Ernst & Young and at companies in the paper and textile manufacturing industries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University.

Axion International Holdings Inc. (New Providence, N.J., USA), a producer of industrial building products and railroad ties made from 100 percent recycled plastic and plastic composites, today announced the launch of EcoTrax, a new Axion brand name for its existing composite railroad ties, which have gone through extensive proof-of-concept testing over the past 12 years and are now being sold in many domestic and international markets throughout the railroad tie industry. “The launch of the EcoTrax brand is a huge milestone for Axion as we strive to become the market leader in the composite rail tie business,” said Steve Silverman, Axion’s president and CEO. “What many do not realize, is that our patented technology has been used to manufacture and install railroad ties with many customers around the globe over the last 12 years. Additionally, the products have been tested extensively with customers and at the test track in Pueblo, Colo., with over 1.85 million gross tons of freight traffic recorded. It is safe to say this product is well proven and well tested. All great products have a brand name and the time has come to give our great product a name.”

Cutting table manufacturer Eastman Machine Co. (Buffalo, N.Y., USA) has announced the inclusion of an in-depth interview with CEO Robert L. Stevenson in the September 2011 national release of “That Used To Be Us.” Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, authors Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum analyze what American manufacturing once was and what it would take to become great again. Stevenson discussed with the authors the major challenges his company faces by keeping manufacturing in the United States. Topics covered include labor relations, the necessity to reinvent products for new target markets and doing business globally. The authors write that Stevenson’s story is one that “identifies why it is important that we remain a manufacturing country and what it takes both to inspire new ideas and turn them into decent-paying manufacturing jobs in America”. Stevenson’s portion sums up the way Eastman Machine Co. strives to do business: “Speed wins. It is not the biggest companies that always win, but the fastest. Adaptability and responsiveness to your customers and your employees will ultimately win the battles.”