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ACMA Announces Winner of President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement Recipients, and Hall of Fame Inductees

24 October 2007

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced winners of its President’s Award, recipients of Lifetime Achievement awards, and inductees into the association’s Hall of Fame.

The awards were presented during the Awards Luncheon & Keynote Presentation at ACMA’s Composites & Polycon 2007, the industry’s most comprehensive conference.

President’s Award

For his more than 40 years of contributions to the composites industry, Bill Holtzclaw, President of Holtec, Ltd., received the 2007 President's Award from ACMA President John Tickle. “Bill is a dedicated professional who is committed to his work and his determination has helped composites make strides throughout the years,” said Tickle. “He is known to many in the industry and is often looked upon for his expertise and council to friends and competitors alike.”

Bill Holtzclaw, known for his expertise in corrosion-resistant FRP tanks and related equipment, began his career with Owens-Corning Fiberglass and later served as President of Justin Enterprises before and after it was sold to MFG. He designed and built Justin’s Delaware plant in 1974, and in 1979 he and other key employees acquired the company. Holtzclaw left MFG and founded Holtec. He served in numerous leadership positions at ACMA as well as at SPI and the Composites Institute. He has been instrumental in creating a number of key standards that continue to serve the industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry Ashton, chairman and chief scientist for Rocky Mountain Composites, and Jacques and Margot Kohn, retired from the Alcan Baltek Corporation, have been named as ACMA’s Lifetime Achievement recipients. To be considered for the Lifetime Achievement Award, nominees must have been involved in the composites industry for at least twenty years and must have made a significant and lasting contribution.

Larry Ashton has devoted more than fifty years to the composites industry. His career began with the legendary Hughes Aircraft and Hercules-Baccus Works in the development of missiles for strategic and tactical weaponry and aerospace applications. His experience working with filament winding pioneer Dick Young paid off in the design and fabrication of several new generations of filament winding machines utilizing Ashton’s expertise.

Ashton later founded Engineering Technology Corporation (ENTEC), the first company to produce a line of commercial filament winding machines. Several other successful composite technology engineering and manufacturing companies followed, including Fiber Science Inc., Fiber Technology Corporation, Ashton Engineering, Winding Technologies, Aerotrans Corporation, and Rocky Mountain Composite (RMC).

Ashton holds more than 10 patents. He is most widely known for his innovative approaches in matching materials and processes to reduce manufacturing costs of composite structures. Today, he is working with Spectrum Aeronautical in the development of an all-composite twin engine business jet.

Jacques and Margot Kohn, now retired from the Alcan Baltek Corporation, gave more than 60 years of service to the composites industry, making significant contributions in promoting and advancing sandwich construction. The Kohns were pioneers in the vertical integration of balsa production, which now services the marine, wind energy, military, mass transit and general industrial markets. They personally financed construction of the first production equipment for supplying the composites market with contourable end-grain balsa. The gamble paid off with market acceptance by several notable boat builders. As the market grew, the Kohns continued to invest and the company went public in 1969 as Baltek Corporation.

Over the years, the Kohns have provided significant leadership by pushing the limits of sandwich technology, introducing and educating an entire industry on the advantages of sandwich construction and its relation to composite manufacturing.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Two new members of ACMA’s Hall of Fame were inducted during COMPOSITES & POLYCOM 2007: John “Jack” Roesle, global sales and marketing vice president for AOC Resins, and Mark Greenwood, president of Composite Solutions Consultants, Inc. To be eligible for the ACMA Hall of Fame, inductees must have at least 20 years of service to the industry and a lasting impact that is forever felt by industry professionals.

John “Jack” Roesle is 46-year veteran of the composites industry. For more than 30 years, Roesle has championed the advancement of composites products in the automotive industry, furthering the acceptance of SMC in both structural and body panel applications. He chaired the technical committee of the SMC Automotive Alliance for many years, instrumental in the completion of an exhaustive study designed to promote the use of composites in the transportation industry. Roesle’s global networking has brought new resin chemistries to market, such as low-pressure, low-temperature technology that offered the potential to dramatically lower capital investment in tooling and molding presses.

Mark Greenwood started his 36-year career in the composite industry working in the Tank and Pipe Division at Owens Corning to develop and promote two the of the most significant applications in the industry and he contributed to sales in excess of $4.5 billion. He spent his last 24 years at Owens Corning in the Corporate Science and Technology Laboratory. Greenwood has been a tireless promoter of the use of composites materials, working with a variety of industry organizations as well as universities to develop composites applications.

Holder of nine patents and the author of nearly 40 published papers, Greenwood has been responsible for numerous process improvements, materials developments and product design enhancements, with a particular emphasis on corrosion-resistance.






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