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Louis Dehmlow Receives Lifetime Achievement

23 October 2006

Louis H. T. Dehmlow, III, former President of Great Lakes Synergy Corporation (GLS) and founder of Composites One, posthumously received the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award last week at Composites & Polycon 2006 in St. Louis, Mo.

After devoting nearly 50 years to the composites industry, Dehmlow died December 15, 2002 at the age of seventy-five due to complications related to Alzheimer's.

Dehmlow began his career at Northwestern Military & Naval Academy where he was Battalion Commander and Valedictorian in the class of 1945. Later, he earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and served as Regimental Commander of the combined Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Michigan. Following graduation in 1950, Dehmlow became Chief of Production Engineering at the U.S. Army's Picatinny Arsenal where he developed innovative techniques for safer high explosives production.

Dehmlow became President of Great Lakes Terminal & Transport Corporation (renamed in 2005 to Great Lakes Synergy Corporation) in 1952 after his father and company co-founder died suddenly. In his first year, Dehmlow built a marine terminal at the corporation in Pennsylvania for Shell Chemical, which is operated today by GLS. In 1957, Dehmlow expanded Great Lakes beyond chemical distribution into fibreglass reinforced plastics materials distribution, which is now Composites One, the nation's largest distributor of composites materials.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Dehmlow served as President of the National Association of Plastics Distributors, Chairman of the special Committee for Reinforced Plastics, Chairman of the Illinois Product Liability Task Force, President of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and Chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, which represents over 45,000 companies involved in wholesale-distribution. He served on the boards of many organizations and retired from his chairmanship at GLS in 1996.

Long-time industry professionals Royce Newsom, CCT- CP of Venetian Marble and Terry McCabe of Interplastic Corporation were inducted into ACMA Hall of Fame last night as well. Eligibility for the Hall of Fame requires at least twenty years of service to the industry and a lasting impact that is forever felt by industry professionals.

Newsom, President and CEO of Venetian Marble of Lubbock, Texas meets that criteria with over forty years devoted in the composites industry, specifically to cast polymer, and is an International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA) of the ACMA board member. Paul Gutierrez Jr., Accent Marble, cites Newsom's insistence on quality and willingness to help solve production problems and guide companies through difficult times as reasons he is deserving of this honour.

Jack Benton, Benton & Associates, adds that despite Newsom's efforts, he never asks anything in return. ""It is time we show our appreciation,"" said Benton.

Terry McCabe began his 37-year career in composites in Australia where he vacuum-bagged insulated shipping containers in the late 1960's. He then moved into the commercial resins division of Interplastic in 1968, where he quickly advanced to a chemist, a technical director, director of technical marketing, and finally to his current position as business manager of vinyl esters and engineered resins. McCabe and Everett Pearson of Tillotson-Pearson conceptualized the current industry standard of using vinyl ester skin coats for marine composites to eliminate osmotic blistering. He has presented technical papers around the world at composites symposiums in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, the Far East and South Africa. He has served on countless committees and as director of the Composites Fabricators Association (CFA), now ACMA.

With a strong reputation for unconventional thinking and challenging the status quo, Molded Fiber Glass Companies' Vice President of Research Pete Emrich has been awarded the 2006 President's Award by American Composites Manufacturers Association President Bill Kreysler.

""Pete is well known for his sharp intellect, broad knowledge of materials and ability to view manufacturing challenges from a fresh, unique perspective,"" Kreysler said, in remarks during a ceremony at COMPOSITES & POLYCON 2006. ""Through his efforts, the MFG research function has been modernized and expanded in many ways. He participates in numerous industry events and technical presentations, supporting the ACMA, and is always interested in our industry's challenges and advancements.""






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