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.
Please join us in the celebration of Mike Carson’s upcoming retirement. Sixteen years ago, Mike started at Du-Co as a Sales Manager. Our current Vice President – Marketing will make his exit on May 27, 2022. Mike’s reflection of his time spent at Du-Co was served with much gratitude. We are just as grateful to have had the pleasure of working with you, Mike!
This is not goodbye, as we are likely to have the opportunity to find Mike playing a show around the area. He will be enjoying his new found time in retirement to spend more time creating music and performing once again. He has never stopped writing songs, playing the guitar and bass, or singing despite his dedication to Du-Co. When the music isn’t keeping him busy in retirement, his 8 grandchildren, and home projects he plans to take on with his wife, Vicki, will.
Congratulations, Mike! Best wishes in your retirement!
Du-Co recently exhibited at the 2022 AHR show in Las Vegas, Nevada. V.P. of Sales Brian Vernon and Sales Manager Desiree Geibel represented the sales team from our Saxonburg facility. Many thanks to Leslie Olivares of the Tec-Rep Agency (Du-Co representatives for Mexico) for her much appreciated assistance with this year’s exhibit. Leslie and Desiree are pictured here with the Du-Co booth.
Thomas Arbanas, President of Du-Co Ceramics, recently attended the bi-annual meeting of the Association of American Ceramic Component Manufacturers held at Clemson University. Great collaboration occurred between several ceramic manufacturers, materials science students and faculty of Clemson. Tours of various labs and state of the art equipment were also part of the meeting.
Du-Co Ceramics Company presented pots of Tulips to all their employees as a show of appreciation for their continued diligence and reliability, bringing a well-deserved boost to the morale of the hardworking labor force.
Du-Co would like to congratulate Office Maintenance employee, Jim Wetzel for 40 years of service!
Dr. Victoria L. Blair is a Materials Engineer at DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL), at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. She received her BS in ceramic engineering and PhD in ceramics from Alfred University (New York State College of Ceramics) in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Blair joined ARL as a post-doctoral fellow in June 2014 and has conducted research on processing functional materials for solid-state batteries and laser gain media. Dr. Blair’s current research area is focused on transparent ceramics for Army applications, including ceramic windows and domes. Dr. Blair currently serves as an ARL technical lead for high temperature materials. In 2020, Dr. Blair earned the ARL Early Career Award, which is awarded to exceptional scientists at the onset of their career and includes financial support for a new research area.
Dr. Blair has been a member of ACerS since 2007, when she first joined Material Advantage as a student. In 2008, she supported the foundation of the President’s Council of Student Advisors and initiated many of the student programming that ceramics students now enjoy at ACerS meetings. Dr. Blair currently serves as the Mentor-at-Large for the PCSA to give back to the student organization and mentor the next generation of ACerS leaders. Dr. Blair has served on multiple committees within ACerS including; the Member Services committee, Strategic Planning and Emerging Opportunities (SPEO) committee, Educational and Professional Development Council (EPDC), and the Young Professional Network. She currently co-leads the ACerS DC/Baltimore/NoVA Section and is a member of the Basic Science and Engineering Ceramics Divisions. In 2021, Dr. Blair earned the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award and the Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars.