Ellwood operations in Houston, Beaumont, and Navasota were quickly restored and made fully operational following the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey.
Many employees, however, suffered serious losses to their homes, furnishings, vehicles, and other belongings. Thankfully, all are safe and no one was seriously injured.
As a show of concern and support, EGI shareholders, employees, vendors, and customers donated a substantial sum of money that was distributed to affected employees to help ease the financial impact of the devastation.
EGI expresses gratitude for the generosity of those who contributed and wishes our fellow employees who experienced these losses a speedy recovery.
With an effective date of October 9, 2017 Ellwood Group has agreed to purchase the assets of Wolf Creek Machine Inc., a Grove City based specialist in machining large forgings. WC Machine will become an operating unit of EGI’s open die forging business, the Ellwood City Forge Group (ECFG).
The acquisition of Wolf Creek Machine will add valuable machining capability and capacity to Ellwood City Forge Group and allow for continued growth in strategic markets. WC Machine will be led by General Manager Brendan Noone and supported by Bill Nardone, VP of Operations, and the rest of ECFG’s capable team.
We welcome WC Machine to the Ellwood City Forge Group and look forward to growing our future together.
Ellwood City Forge Group
Effective June 10, 2017, Gulfco Forge Company, LLC has purchased the assets of Gulf Coast Machine & Supply Co. Gulfco Forge Company, LLC (Gulfco or GFC) a manufacturer of open die forgings and rolled rings will be a division of Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI).
The acquisition of Gulfco will bring key synergies to EGI and position Gulfco for long-term success and financial stability. Gulfco’s site history goes back nearly 100 years providing forging solutions to the energy and industrial markets. Going forward, Gulfco will work in concert with other EGI entities providing high quality open die forging, ring rolling, heat treating and machining services to its historical markets and those currently served by EGI.
Gulfco will be integrated into EGI’s Texas Operations led by Richard Allender and Mark Miller, recently promoted to General Manager of GFC. Richard and Mark have over 50 years of industry experience and will lead EGI’s efforts in developing a new organization, offering high quality and competitive products to our southern markets.
Bentraum D. Huffman
Chief Operating Officer
Ellwood Group, Inc.
This is to announce that Joshua Young of Clinton Township, Michigan is the winner of the tenth annual Ellwood Group, Inc. Metallurgy Scholarship. He is a junior at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Joshua is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and carries a 3.82 GPA.
Joshua was selected as the recipient because he is an exceptional student, with a genuine interest in heavy metals manufacturing. He has relevant intern experience in a melt shop and will further his intern experience at an Ellwood business unit this summer.
The scholarship will be presented to Joshua by Marie Russo, EGI Director HR, at MSU in March 2017.
EGI will also award $5,000 scholarships each to Curtis Baker and Wesley Roth, who were finalists for the scholarship. Curtis is attending Montana Tech and majoring in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Wesley is attending the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and majoring in Materials Science and Engineering.
All three students were provided with tours of Ellwood’s manufacturing facilities in New Castle, PA and had the opportunity to speak with several of the Company’s metallurgists, engineers and other representatives.
Effective February 1, 2017, Ellwood Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Valli Senthilnathan as President of Ellwood Texas Forge Navasota (ETFN), reporting to Richard Allender, Group President—Ellwood Texas Operations.
Valli joined ETFN in 2008 as Vice President and General Manager. Prior to ETFN, he held the roles of Plant Manager and Quality Manager at Interstate Southwest, Navasota, Texas since 2005. He worked for Metaldyne/Mascotech Corporation, Plymouth, MI from 1996 till 2005 and held various roles in Sales, Engineering and Operations.
Valli holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India, a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, and a Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Valli and his wife, Zoila, and their two children reside in College Station, Texas.
Effective November 1, 2016, Ellwood Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick F. Callihan as President of Ellwood Engineered Castings (EEC), reporting to the COO of the company. Pat will replace the retiring Dan Rhoads.
Pat joined EEC in 2012 as Vice President of Technical Services and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2013. Pat holds many quality certifications from the American Society for Quality and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. His extensive experience includes Ward Manufacturing Company, Indalex Aluminum Company, and Wheatland Tube Company where he was Plant Manager.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Material Science from Youngstown State University (YSU), a Master of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from YSU, and a Doctorate of Engineering in Systems Engineering, Reliability, and Quality from Cleveland State University.
Pat and his wife, Kimberly, and their two children reside in Youngstown, OH.
Effective January 1, 2017, Dan Rhoads will retire from Ellwood Engineered Castings (EEC), Hubbard, Ohio. On November 1, 2016, Dan will step into an EGI Executive Vice President role, reporting to the COO, until his retirement in January.
Dan joined EEC as President in March 2008 and during his 8 ½ year tenure was responsible for significant improvements at EEC. Prior to joining Ellwood, Dan managed operations at Kaiser Aluminum, Steere Enterprises, and Grede Foundry, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.
Dan will be remembered for his passion and sincerity, always working in the best interests of the company, customers, and EEC employees. We will miss his enthusiasm for the game of golf and his hearty laugh.
On behalf of the EGI Shareholders, Board of Directors, and employees of EGI and EEC, we thank Dan for his impressive contributions and wish him and his wife, Sharon, a very happy and healthy retirement.
Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) is pleased to announce our 10th Annual Metallurgy Scholarship, which is awarded to talented and dedicated metallurgical students to encourage their pursuit of a career within the steel and heavy metal industry.
The scholarship is open to undergraduate college students in their junior year currently majoring in the field of metallurgy/material science at selected and accredited four-year colleges and universities. In the interest of reaching a broader pool of students, the scholarship opportunities require a minimum GPA of 2.75.
A $15,000 scholarship will be given to the winner and up to three additional $5,000 scholarships will be available to well-qualified students. The scholarship includes a paid internship at an EGI business unit in the USA during the summer of 2017.
Our goal is to encourage more students to choose metallurgy as their field of study and to recruit more interns and graduates into the industry, specifically to EGI.
Along with the completed application, the applicant packet must be received by EGI on or before October 10, 2016.
EGI Director HR
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Effective October 1, 2016, EGI is pleased to announce the promotion of William P. Edwards as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ellwood Group, Inc., reporting to the CEO of the company. Bill will replace the retiring John R. Paules.
As Bill moves from his current role as General Manager of Ellwood Materials Technology (EMT) and assumes the role of CTO, he will continue John’s work to coordinate the development and deployment of EGI’s metallurgical “know how” across the company. Bill’s responsibilities include evaluating strategic acquisitions and capital investments, conducting research and development, assisting in technical service to customers, and the recruiting and training of new and existing EGI metallurgists. Bjorn Gabrielsson, EGI Vice President of Steelmaking Technology, will continue to provide technical leadership of melting operations at Ellwood Quality Steels and Ellwood National Steel.
Bill began his career as an intern at Ellwood City Forge (ECF) and later Cytemp Specialty Steel Company all while working on his degree and as a Lab Technician at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent five years as a Research Engineer for Latrobe Steel Company and joined ECF as a Metallurgist in 1994. He was subsequently promoted to ECF Manager of Quality and Metallurgy and to his current role as General Manager, EMT in 2015.
Bill is a member of the FIERF Board of Trustees and active in the ASM. He has authored and presented technical papers at international conferences and is the holder of a patent on a Chromium Hot Work Steel.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Master’s of Science in Metallurgy from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bill and his wife, Rebecca, reside in New Wilmington, PA and have a son and a daughter.
Effective September 30, 2016, John R. Paules will retire from EGI after 19 years of service. John has agreed to participate in metallurgy project work going forward as a consultant and advisor, and we are grateful for his willingness to continue to share his expertise.
In 1997, John began his EGI career as General Manager of Ellwood Materials Technology (EMT) where he was responsible for the research and new product development efforts involving open and closed die forgings as well as iron castings. Upon his promotion to the newly created position of CTO in 2015, John expanded research and development across all of EGI by assisting in technical service to customers, developing a talented EGI team of metallurgists, and integrating state of the art metallurgical software and lab equipment.
We shall miss his vast technical expertise, dedication, and subtle sense of humor on a day-to-day basis. He will be remembered as the consummate professional, so generous in mentoring and assisting customers and his EGI colleagues.
On behalf of the EGI Shareholders, Board of Directors, and our 1,900 employees, we thank John for his impressive contributions and wish him and his wife, Cynthia, a long, healthy and happy retirement.