Klein Tools hires VP manufacturing
Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools hired James Pultorak as VP manufacturing. He will replace Chris Hargan, current senior VP manufacturing, who will retire at the end of 2014.
Pultorak brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations in a variety of industries, including hand tools, tool storage, printing, packaging, roofing and automotive.
In his new role, Pultorak will be responsible for formulating, recommending and executing manufacturing strategies and policies to guide Klein Tools in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability. He will be responsible for all the manufacturing functions and plants at Klein Tools and will be located at the Mansfield, Texas, facility.
Prior to joining Klein Tools, Pultorak worked at WS Packaging Group as VP operations, where he was responsible for multiple facilities’ P&Ls and provided leadership to the plant general managers. At APEX Tool Group (formerly Danaher Corp.) as VP operations, he was responsible for numerous facilities and guided various departments, including finance, human resources, EHS, supply chain, DBS, quality and new product engineering. He was also operations manager at GAF Materials Corporation.
“We welcome Jim’s leadership experience combined with his expertise in client relations, interpersonal skills and knowledge of the manufacturing industry and look forward to Jim’s positive impact on our organization,” states Thomas R. Klein, president of Klein Tools. “We would also like to thank Chris Hargan, senior VP manufacturing, for his leadership over the past 15 years and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”
U.S. pipe demand to top $63 billion in 2018
The latest study from The Freedonia Group pinpoints U.S. pipe demand at a high point of $63.5 billion in 2018, indicating a 7.3% annual growth rate.
The study, titled Plastic & Competitive Pipe, attributes the increase to growth in crude oil and natural gas activity, in which market pipe is frequently implicated.
Additionally, Freedonia predicts a rebound in building construction expenditures, with an emphasis on kitchen and bathroom renovations and conduit for nonresidential building construction.
Within the pipe category, plastic pipe demand is expected to rise the fastest at an 8.7% annual growth rate, potentially even offsetting the use of steel and concrete. However, analyst Matt Zielinski pointed to steel’s enduring dominance in the market.
“Steel accounted for the largest share of pipe demand by value in 2013 with 62 percent of the total, supported by its use in the large oil and gas market," said Zielenski. "Steel pipe is dominant in oil and gas applications due to its low cost, durability, and compression strength.”
ABC Supply hires director of corporate development
Paul Drobnitch has joined building products distributor ABC Supply Co. as director of corporate development. In his new role, Drobnitch will work with the company’s acquisition team to identify market opportunities and businesses for acquisition.
“Acquisitions are a key component of our growth strategy,” said ABC Supply president and CEO Keith Rozolis. “Paul’s background and experience will be valuable in identifying the quality businesses that will help us grow and serve our customers.”
Drobnitch brings to ABC Supply 20 years of experience in identifying and facilitating strategic acquisitions in a variety of industries, including commercial construction. His resume includes three years as a VP corporate development for Roofing Supply Group in Dallas.
He is relocating from the Dallas area to work in the ABC National Support Center in Beloit, Wisconsin.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.