The purpose of this announcement is to make you aware of some important personnel changes that will become effective January 1, 2017.
Mr. Roger Burtraw will be promoted to President of Vanderbilt Chemicals, LLC. Roger has served in a variety of roles with Vanderbilt over his 20 year tenure including Technical Sales Representative, Product Manager for Polymers, Global Business Manager and most recently Global Business Manager Rubber and Plastics. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Roger had experience with a number companies associated with the rubber industry in North America. Roger is well qualified to assume the role as President, Vanderbilt Chemicals and direct our Chemicals business going forward.
In his new position Roger will replace John Benton.
Mr. Chris Nola will be promoted to the position of Global Business Manager Rubber and Plastics. Chris has a broad range of experiences with Vanderbilt Chemicals starting as a Technical Sales Representative, Business Development Manager for Rubber, Key Resale Program Manager and currently as Global Sales Manager. Chris has been with Vanderbilt for more than 21 years.
Company to Develop New Subsidiaries; Complete $30 Million Expansion Project
R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. is announcing important business changes for 2013, including the completion of an expansion project and the development of new business-focused subsidiaries.
To support the future growth and focus of the company, effective January 1, 2013, the company will reorganize its North American operations around three new wholly owned subsidiaries.
The reorganized structure will introduce vertically integrated businesses better equipped to meet customer needs and position the company for market growth - both through mergers and acquisitions and organically. The new operating organizations will align the key customer facing functions (Sales, Customer Service, Technical Support and Supply Chain) under new business leaders to deliver more focused efforts on their respective markets and customer results.
Non-customer facing functions (Treasury, Accounting, IT, Product Assurance and HR) will be organized as a shared services entity delivering improved effectiveness and efficiencies to its internal customers. These changes are expected to position each business group for market flexibility and stronger growth.
"R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company's new organizational structure will allow us to concentrate and grow our businesses in our traditional areas of strength, including chemicals and minerals" commented President & COO Roger Price. "These changes will capture the momentum that our company has already seen in these markets, and provide new opportunities for us to demonstrate our commitments to providing unequaled value in our products and services."
The reorganization will result in the following structural changes:
Senior leadership, ownership and the financial strength of R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company,; Inc . will not change as a result of the reorganization, and the new business groups will operate as divisions within the overall company.
Additionally, R.T. Vanderbilt's previously announced $30 million expansion project at the company's Murray, Kentucky chemical facility will be completed by the summer of 2013. Completion of this project will significantly increase capacity and capabilities for future growth of its chemical products and add automated packaging capabilities to the VEEGUM® product line.
R.T. Vanderbilt, headquartered in Norwalk, CT, operates two chemical manufacturing plants in the U.S. in Bethel, CT, and Murray, KY and also is a distributor of chemicals and polymers for many large suppliers. The company additionally operates mines in various locations throughout the U.S. to provide kaolin clay, bentonite, pyrophyllite, wollastonite, and other processing aids for industrial and life science applications. The company, founded in 1916, recently celebrated its 99th anniversary.