Archive for February 20, 2015

Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) Promotes John R. Paules to Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Effective March 1, 2015, EGI is pleased to announce the promotion of John R. Paules as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ellwood Group, Inc., reporting to the CEO of the company. Working in cooperation with EGI’s operating divisions, he will have responsibility to coordinate the development and deployment of EGI’s metallurgical “know how” across the company. This includes helping to make strategy for 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.

Currently, John has since 1997 been General Manager of Ellwood Materials Technology (EMT), where he is responsible for research and new product development efforts involving open die forgings, closed die forgings, and iron castings.

In his 17 years with EGI, John has contributed significantly to a wide array of metallurgical initiatives including development and commercialization of patented abrasion resistant alloy steels, design of large ingots and forging practices to produce open die forgings with superior internal quality, and alloy and process developments resulting in improved tool and die steels, crankshafts, and other forgings for critical applications.

Prior to joining EGI, John spent over 20 years with companies involved in steel-related technologies, including Berry Metal and Bethlehem Steel, with experience in production, quality control, research, and new product development.

John is active in a number of industry societies, including ASM, ASTM, AIST, and FIA. He is a former chairman of the Mechanical Working and Steel Processing Division of the Iron and Steel Society (now AIST), and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation of the Forging Industry Association (FIA).

John holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Lehigh University. He is the author of over 20 technical papers, has presented at numerous international conferences, is a Registered Professional Engineer, and has been granted two U. S. Patents.

John and his wife, Cynthia, make their home in Cranberry Township, PA.

Bentraum D. Huffman Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI)

Effective February 2, 2015, Bentraum (Ben) Huffman was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EGI to replace the retiring Kevin J. Handerhan.

Ben joined Ellwood National Forge (ENF) in April 2003 as Controller, was promoted in 2005 to Director of Finance, Ellwood City Forge (ECF), promoted to EGI as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer in 2007, and since 2009 has held the position of EGI Chief Financial Officer (CFO). His rapid rise over his twelve years within EGI is a testament to his deep knowledge of EGI’s products and customers and broad financial expertise. Ben was appointed to the EGI Board of Directors in June 2011.

Prior to joining EGI, Ben worked as a CPA with Ernst & Young for ten years. He received his BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University. Ben, his wife, Briana, and two daughters reside in Neshannock Township, PA.

Kevin J. Handerhan Departs Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI)

After 32 years of service, Dr. Kevin J. Handerhan, Chief Operating Officer (COO), indicated his desire to retire from EGI and take some time to relax and pursue other personal interests effective February 20, 2015.

In 1982, Kevin began his career as Superintendent of Quality Control at Ellwood City Forge (ECF) and became President of the Forging Division of ECF in 1989. In 1998, he was appointed to the EGI Board of Directors. He was promoted to EGI President of Open Die & International Operations in 2000, and to COO in 2007. Kevin holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science for Carnegie Mellon University.

We shall miss his enthusiasm, technological savvy, hard work, and quick wit.

On behalf of the EGI Shareholders, Board of Directors, and our 2,400 employees, we thank Kevin for his impressive contributions and wish him, his wife, Kathy, and their three sons a future filled with health and happiness.

Gregory Timmons Joins Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) as General Counsel

Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregory Timmons as General Counsel effective October 20, 2014. Greg holds a J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law where he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review, as well as a B.S. in Information and Decision Systems with a minor in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining EGI, he worked as the General Counsel of the Americas region for the Eramet Group, a mining and metals company headquartered in Paris, France. Greg began his legal career with Babst Calland in Pittsburgh where he became a shareholder in 2000.

Greg, a Pittsburgh native, lives with his wife Tamara and their four children in Bridgeville, PA

Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine (ECM) has completed the acquisition of the assets of Precision Tool and Die (PTD) located in Oil City, PA.

The company assets of PTD were acquired by Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine. The ECM-Oil City location will operate as a cost center of ECM and will no longer use the name PTD in the marketplace.
This acquisition will allow ECG to expand its remanufacturing and manufacturing product lines while significantly strengthening its position in the global engine, pump, press and compressor markets by offering complimentary products in the form of connecting rods and machining of fluid ends to our existing customers.

Eduardo Sande, who recently returned from integrating and running the ECC plant located in Joliet, Illinois, will serve as the Plant Manager until we have fully integrated the location into ECG. Additionally, the former owner, Bill Kluck Sr., will continue as the Operations Manager.

This new location machines and remanufactures products such as con rods, blocks, chocks, fluid ends, general machining of various fabrications. Your ECG account managers will be the point of contact for the products previously provided through PTD.

Please visit the ECG website for more information at

Brian C. Taylor,
President, Ellwood Crankshaft Group.