Archive for Ben Huffman

Ellwood Group, Inc. Promotes Valli Senthilnathan to President of Ellwood Texas Forge Navasota

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.

Ellwood Group, Inc. Promotes Patrick F. Callihan to President of Ellwood Engineered Castings

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.

Dan Rhoads, President, Ellwood Engineered Castings to Retire

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) Promotes Michael P. Barrett to President of Ellwood National Forge as Glenn Fegely Retires

Effective July 1, 2016, Mike Barrett was promoted as President of Ellwood National Forge (ENF) in Irvine, PA. Before moving to ENF as Executive Vice President on September 9, 2015, Mike served for twelve years at the Ellwood Crankshaft Group (ECG) in various roles including ECG Vice President of Operations, Ellwood National Crankshaft General Manager, Director of Quality, Director of Sales & Marketing, and as Controller. He served as Controller for Ellwood Texas Forge Houston from 1996-2003, and began his 22-year career with Ellwood in 1994 as Assistant Controller of Ellwood City Forge, Ellwood City, PA. Prior to that, Mike worked for Cooper Power Systems, Rockwell International, and Ernst & Young.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Thiel College, Greenville, PA. Mike is actively involved in his community including leadership roles in the Boys Scouts of America, Family Services, and the Warren Rotary Club. He and his wife, Melanie, reside in Warren, PA and are the parents of two daughters.

Mike replaces Glenn Fegely, who has retired after 27 years of service–13 years as President of ENF and 14 years in various roles at Ellwood City Forge, Ellwood City, PA. The EGI Board of Directors thanks Glenn for his strong leadership of ENF, including his leadership of the transition of the company from National Forge Company ownership to Ellwood National Forge in 2003.

Denny Adelung joins Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) as Director of Business Development, Oil and Gas

Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Denny Adelung as Director of Business Development, Oil and Gas, located in Houston, Texas. Denny will report to COO, Ben Huffman, and work in collaboration with EGI operating division Presidents to strategically coordinate and enhance the integrated delivery of products and services to Ellwood customers.

Prior to joining EGI, Denny spent over 40 years working in the Oil and Gas sector. His extensive experience both domestically and internationally includes 30 years with Schlumberger, retiring as US GeoMarket Manager, and 8 years with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) where he worked as Senior VP for Operations and Sales and retired as Senior VP Global Accounts. Denny attended the University of Texas and was a faculty member of the NOV/Purdue University Training program. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Drilling Engineers, American Petroleum Institute, and Independent Association of Drilling Contractors.

Denny and his wife make their home in Sugarland, Texas.

Dana Beyeler Named NDIA Representative to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group

Beyeler is member of the Industry Group reporting to NATO’s Conference of National Armaments Directors

ELLWOOD CITY, PA. – Mr. Dana Beyeler, Senior Vice President – Defense Engagement, ELLWOOD GROUP, Inc.(EGI) was recently appointed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as the National Defense Industrial Association representative to the US Delegation of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG).

The NIAG, first established in 1968, is a high-level consultative and advisory body of senior industrialists from NATO member countries, reporting directly to NATO’s Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD). Its responsibilities include providing a forum for the free exchange of views on industrial aspects of defense research, development and procurement within the Alliance; providing the CNAD with industrial advice on how to foster better government-to-industry and industry-to-industry armaments cooperation; and assisting NATO’s Main Armaments Groups in exploring opportunities for international collaboration.

Mr. Beyeler also serves as a member of the Precision Strike Association Board of Directors, as well as an active member of the NDIA’s International and Manufacturing Divisions. Prior to joining the defense industrial complex in 1976 Mr. Beyeler served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Beyeler’s career reflects ever increasing levels of responsibility as a military officer and as a civilian at both the divisional operational level as well as advancing broader corporate objectives.

“Dana’s vast international commercial experience has been invaluable in providing objectivity and a fresh perspective to addressing national and international security issues to include the art and science of precision engagement and the NATO mission,” said Ben Huffman, Chief Operating Officer of the ELLWOOD GROUP, Inc.

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Shariee DeCooman Announced as Corporate Controller and Treasurer of Ellwood Group, Inc.

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Shariee DeCooman to Corporate Controller and Treasurer of Ellwood Group, Inc., effective immediately. With 20 years of service, Shariee began employment at EGI as an Accountant in 1995 and was promoted to Corporate Controller in 1999.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Grove City College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, graduating summa cum laude. Shariee is a life-long resident of Ellwood City, PA.

Please join me in congratulating Shariee upon her promotion.

Ben Huffman
Chief Operating Officer
Ellwood Group, Inc.