Archive for David Barensfeld

Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) Promotes William P. Edwards to Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

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.

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

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.

Bob Rumcik, 2015 ASM Distinguished Life Membership Award

Bob Rumcik (EGI board of directors and retired president, EQS) was named to the ASM Distinguished Life Membership award at a ceremony at the ASM’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio on October 6, 2015. ASM Distinguished Life Membership is designated to those leaders in the field of material science who have devoted their time, knowledge and abilities to the advancement of the materials industries. The award was presented to Bob with the following citation:

“For visionary leadership in pioneering the successful development and commercialization of ladle refining technology in steel making and building two companies, Ellwood Quality Steels, and Ellwood National Steel into the recognized market leaders.”

Congratulations Bob!

Rich Davis Announced as CFO for Ellwood Group, Inc.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rich Davis as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Ellwood Group, Inc., effective as soon as feasible given Rich’s Ellwood City Forge (ECF) responsibilities.

Rich will report to me and be responsible for playing a key role in developing strategic plans and providing financial leadership and direction for EGI and its subsidiaries. He will have direct oversight for EGI’s Finance/Accounting and Information Technology Departments and indirect oversight of similar functions as the Business Units.

Since 2007, Rich as has served as Director of Finance at ECF and was heavily involved with the 2014 acquisition of Ellwood Ohio Machine. He previously worked as Controller for Ellwood National Forge from 2005-2006 and as Assistant Controller and Senior Cost Analyst at Ellwood Quality Steels from 1997-2004.

Rich holds both a Master’s of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University, where he majored in Accounting. Rich and his wife, Paula, and their three children reside in Poland, Ohio.

Please join me in congratulating Rich in his new job.

David Barensfeld
President & CEO
Ellwood Group, Inc.

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