23 September 2005
23 September 2005
Vermont Composites, Inc. has appointed Patrick J. Wheeler as its new CEO & President.
Mr. Wheeler has worked closely with Vermont Composites for the past 8 years as a member of Vermont Composites’ Board of Directors.
“Since joining the Board of Directors in 1997, Vermont Composites has tripled in size. I look forward to working with our 225 employees here in Bennington and with Jim Sharkey, our General Manager, as we continue to grow Vermont Composites’ aerospace, medical and automotive business”
Mr. Wheeler is an experienced CEO, whose primary focus has been with manufacturing, and specialty materials companies. He moved to Vermont when he became President of Questech Metals, a successful Middlebury based company manufacturing decorative composite products. He managed this company through its startup phase. Earlier in his career he was Vice President, Finance, for the Aeneas Venture Capital Group, Harvard University’s $1.5 billion Venture Capital Fund. Prior to this, he held several positions with a Fortune 500 company, Dennison Manufacturing Company, as Director of Mergers Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Director.
Vermont Composites, Inc. designs and fabricates advanced carbon fibre composite structures for commercial, aerospace and automotive markets.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.