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.
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.
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!
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.
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 would like to congratulate Office Maintenance employee, Jim Wetzel for 40 years of service!