MANUFACTURERS - FEBRUARY 2019

Chicago-based LafargeHolcim has named Kristin Beck as senior vice president of Supply Chain for the United States. With 20-plus years’ global supply chain and transportation management experience, she arrives from Dow Chemical Co., where she served as director, North American Road Logistics since 2014. Prior to her position at Dow, she held roles of increasing responsibility, including Program Manager-Logistics at Insight Corp. and Senior Account Leader at Schneider Logistics.

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Kristin Beck

She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial science from Central Michigan University and is a certified Six-Sigma Green Belt. Additionally, she holds certifications as QS/ ISO Quality Manager and Internal and External Auditor from the European Quality Association, as well as Apollo Root Cause Analysis from Effective Problem Solving, LLC.

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Doug Moore has joined Birmingham, Ala.-based Command Alkon as vice president of Cloud Platform, charged with bolstering the company long-term technology vision and driving key cloud technology topics such as scalability, security, analytics, and information access.

“Command Alkon’s continuous growth represents a game-changing proposition that addresses the biggest concerns and complexities our clients face as they look to leverage the cloud,” says Command Alkon Chief Technology Officer Charles Evans. “Doug brings over 30 years of proven success in software development and cloud computing. His knowledge and implementation expertise will accelerate our customers’ cloud adoption and unlock new benefits, including powerful business process applications, data-driven insights and increased productivity.”

Prior to Command Alkon, Moore served in a number of roles at software and technology companies, most recently as vice president, Applied Research at Guidewire Software.

Now in its ninth decade of operation, Salisbury, N.C.-based Stalite has unveiled a new logo to reflect growth and stature in expanded lightweight slate production. The logo is abstract yet rock solid, management notes: Two identically shaped flames form the letter S. Enclosed in a circle, the design gives the illusion of looking into a rotary kiln within which Stalite’s lightweight aggregate is created. Inside the circle, the gray and blueish tints, as well as the bottom section of the S, represent the transformation of the slate in Stalite’s distinct process.

“We felt it was time to give our logo a progressive, international look,” says General Manager Jody Wall. “We ship from North Carolina to literally all over the world. The aggregate’s structural characteristics, combined with our strenuous quality assurance program, make Stalite the material of choice for high performance concrete projects.” In addition to delivering lightweight aggregate to the state of Washington, Newfoundland and Norway, he adds, the company has developed relationships with concrete and construction interests in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, while preliminary projects are in the works for Singapore and Turkey accounts.

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Iowa-based truck suspension specialist Link Manufacturing Ltd. has expanded its Sales & Marketing team with the addition of Mike Blacker as vice president. He succeeds Michael Hof, who has been promoted to vice president of Business Development. Blacker will be responsible for providing leadership of sales and marketing functions and implementing strategies to increase specialty engineered cab, chassis and auxiliary suspension volumes, along with specialty product and cargo management sales. Blacker brings more than two decades of sales and marketing leadership across a variety of industries and distribution channels, including roles at Daimler Trucks North America and Accuride Corp. After leading the Sales & Marketing team for the past four years, Hof will focus on developing new relationships with original equipment manufacturers.

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Ann Elder

Clearwater, Fla.-based water supply equipment specialist Kemco Systems Co. has promoted Ann Elder to vice president of Engineering. She joined the Kemco team in 2013 as project engineer, was promoted to director of Engineering two years later, and exhibits what management notes is “consistent process improvement mentality and meticulous attention to detail.”

Muskegon, Mich. heavy-duty axle and truck suspension manufacturer SAF-Holland Group has acquired a 51 percent stake in automatic tire pressure management specialist PressureGuard LLC, based in Nashville, Tenn. The deal adds a key foundational element in advanced digital SMART products for trailer applications, and includes an option for SAF-Holland to purchase remaining shares at a later date from Servitech Industries Inc.

Management team members will remain with PressureGuard in their current roles to support ongoing production and integration into the new parent company. The PressureGuard system has proven to be a durable and robust solution to meet the growing market demand for reliable automatic tire inflation, and includes such unique features as stainless-steel braided hoses; specialized die cast aluminum hubcaps with protective fins; patent-pending axle vent assembly; and, patented high-pressure relief capabilities. The non-pressurized axle design can accommodate all industry standard variations in axle configurations, tire sizes, rim types, axle spindle types, hub lubrication options, pressure settings, power and electrical harness options.

Personal protective equipment manufacturer Bullard announced that it’s planning activities throughout the year to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the company’s invention of the hard hat. Last month, the company broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing safety helmets during the University of Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt men’s basketball game. Bullard supplied 10,000 hard hats to fans attending the game. A Guinness World Record representative was on hand to verify the record-breaking event.

Headquartered in Cynthiana, Ky., the fifth-generation, family-owned company invented the Hard Boiled Hat in 1919 and today supplies innovative safety products, including thermal imagers, head and face protection, and respiratory equipment to workers worldwide.

Outside of the Cynthiana facility, Bullard has offices in Singapore and Germany. The company recently opened the Bullard Center in Lexington, Ky., where research and development, new product development, marketing, and global shared resources collaborate to develop the next generation of Bullard products and services.

“We are proud of the role Bullard has played in revolutionizing the safety industry,” says CEO Wells Bullard. “Our vision to advance human safety to enable long, healthy, productive lives through innovative solutions is our commitment to every customer who chooses a Bullard product. A huge thank you to our customers, employees, distributors, and suppliers for supporting us throughout the years and in the future.”


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