Adam Pawlowicz

Please join us in congratulating Adam Pawlowicz on his promotion to Quality Control Technician on 9/26!

Adam began his career at Du-Co Ceramics at the end of August 2021 like so many others do, working diligently at the kiln exit end and making it into the Union after meeting his probationary period. Shortly thereafter, an upcoming retirement opened up a spot in the lab and the opportunity soon seemed to point to Adam. A promotion offer was made, training commenced, and the next thing you know Adam was officially joining the management team as a Lab Technician by the end of September 2022. Opportunities are everywhere at Du-Co as Adam can attest to finding one that fits him well.

As if a promotion wasn’t exciting enough, Adam and his long-time girlfriend just purchased their first home. Now Adam’s commute to Du-Co is even shorter, further exhibiting his continued commitment to a long and successful career with us. Adam will tell you that he loves political science, studying the subject during his time away from work and even manages to squeeze in his love of cooking, hiking, and working out in his free time.

Penn State Visits Du-Co Ceramics

We had the pleasure of hosting a large group of aspiring Materials Scientists as well as their Professors from Penn State University. We enjoyed a wonderful day with the students as we took them on a guided tour through our facility. They were a wonderful group that were engaged in the information and provided insightful questions. We are hopeful this real world peek into manufacturing will help them as they choose their future paths.

Du-Co Ceramics Company Acquires Mitronics Products

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, USA 10/24/2022 – Du-Co Ceramics Company acquired Mitronics
Products, a supplier of choice for ceramic electric insulators, metalized steatite bushings, and
ceramic-metal assemblies for over 50 years. Mitronics Products has long been a valued
customer of Du-Co Ceramics and the two companies have shared a great relationship for many
years. This acquisition will enhance the opportunities for Du-Co Ceramics to serve its customers
by adding the product lines offered by Mitronics Products to the components currently
produced and shipped all over the globe.

Product lines previously produced and shipped out of the Mitronics Products headquarters in
Gillette, New Jersey will be transferred to Du-Co Ceramics Company’s Monroe, NC facility. Du-
Co Ceramics will continue to produce the Mitronics Products components, the highest quality
ceramic insulators and assembles on the market, with an emphasis on Metalized Steatite
Bushings, Hermetic Ceramic-to-Metal Assemblies and Glazed Steatite Insulators.

About Du-Co Ceramics Company – Du-Co Ceramics Company is a manufacturer of technical
ceramic products serving the global market of customers requiring precision made ceramic
components produced from a variety of ceramic materials for a wide range of applications. Du-
Co Ceramics Company operates two ISO 9001 certified production facilities located
in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania and Monroe, North Carolina.

Ceramics Expo

2022 Ceramics Expo

Another successful Ceramics Expo! August 30 – 31, 2022 Du-Co Ceramics exhibited at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland for the annual Ceramics Expo. This was a wonderful time of networking and keeping in touch with many of our wonderful customers. We enjoyed our time with our representatives from Mexico (Leslie and Ariel Olivares – TEC-REP S.A. DE C.V.) and took some time to connect with other exhibitors in the ceramics industry.

Ceramics Expo
Welcome Paul Jones, Process Engineer

Welcome Paul Jones, Process Engineer – Materials Manager.

Please welcome Paul Jones, he joined us at the very end of June as our new Process Engineer – Materials Manager. He recently finished up his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in Material Science. Previously, a manufacturing engineer, Paul’s experience and education has allowed him to jump right in to his role as Process Engineer – Materials Manager here at Du-Co. We are excited to have Paul’s expertise added to our team and are looking forward to his role in our continuous improvement efforts.

Derek Adams

Welcome Derek Adams, Industrial Automation Engineer.

Please join me in an officially welcoming, Derek Adams – Industrial Automation Engineer.

Derek joins us from Allegheny Electric Service where he was taking care of customer’s automation needs and is looking forward to the many projects awaiting him at Du-Co. Outside of work you may run into Derek displaying his musical talents alongside his band members at a show.

We are looking forward to seeing more automation in action and could not be more excited to have Derek’s help in making those plans a reality!

Welcome to the Du-Co team, Derek!

Cissel Kathleen

Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award winner for 2022

Dr. Kathleen Cissel

Dr. Kathleen Cissel is a Principal Investigator in the Microelectronics and Systems Assurance Lab at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, working for Battelle Memorial Institute. She has previously worked for MacAulay-Brown, Inc and UES, Inc, both at Wright- Patterson AFB. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Science in Physics and Classical Civilizations from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering both from the University of Virginia.

Kathleen first became involved with ACerS while working on her PhD studying the oxidation behavior of ZrB 2 -SiC, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Opila. She was an active member in and mentor for the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Network and served on both the Education and Professional Development Council and the Publications Committee. In addition, Kathleen has assisted in the organization of numerous symposiums and activities for students and young professionals at ICACC and MS&T.

She is currently the president of the Keramos National Board, which she joined in 2016, and the president of the Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley, which she joined in 2017. While her professional work has moved away from ceramics and into microscopy, Kathleen is thrilled to continue being involved with both Keramos and ACerS.

Jeff Visnesky.

Welcome Jeff Visnesky

Please welcome the newest member of our management team, Jeff Visnesky. Jeff joined us on Monday, 4/18 as our Maintenance Supervisor. Jeff brings years of manufacturing leadership to Du-Co with him including a lot of time actively working in and supervising maintenance teams.