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McElya named Cooper president

Jim McElya was appointed president of Cooper-Standard Automotive.

Prior to this appointment, McElya served as president of the company's fluid systems division.

He served as president of Siebe Automotive Worldwide, which was acquired by Cooper in January. He joined the Siebe organization in 1996.

Before joining Siebe, McElya was president of Handy & Harman Automotive and corporate vice president of its parent company, Handy & Harman. During his 22 year career with Handy & Harman, he held various executive management positions. He attended West Chester University.


Harold Seger was named technical director of Patch Rubber. Bernard McNamara was named director of engineering, maintenance and facilities for the company.

Melissa McDonald was named senior product safety specialist for Elementis Specialties.


Lauren International named Kevin Gray president and COO. The company appointed Ted Gentsch director of information systems and Brian Kress project development manager.

Rhein Chemie appointed Richard Cortelezzi vice president and chief technology officer. Martin Eble was named vice president and chief financial officer. The company appointed Siegfried Weber vice president and materials management officer.

Thomas Wood was named director of corporate environmental affairs for Cooper Tire & Rubber.

Francois Cornelis was appointed chairman of the board for Elf Atochem.

Mark Burtschi joined Goodyear Tire & Rubber as director of federal and state affairs in the company's Washington, D.C. office.

Clariant Masterbatches named Thomas Bernhardt vice president of its Canadian region and Steve Snow midwest vice president.

Magnatech International appointed Shawn Anderson chief financial officer.

Laser Measurement International appointed Cor Maas industrial sensors division manager.

Lintech International appointed Dennis Gillespie vice president of business development.

Henry Connolly was appointed business manager for tire products for Highland Industries.

Derek Hook was named Latin American business director for Action Instruments.

West Pharmaceutical Services named Christi Bradley general manager of GFI Research Center.

James Taylor was named general manager of Conoco's carbon fibers business unit.

Cynthia Rousseau was named administrative assistant for ND Industries.

Craig Johnson was named manager of color matching and point-of-sale systems support for Minolta.

Weber Szinyei was named product manager of the nitrogen, sulfur and fluoride analyzer product line for Antek.

APA named Eric Ingram product development manager.


Michael McGeown joined Magnatech International as director of marketing and sales.

Lintech International promoted Randy Waldman to vice president of sales.

Highland Industries named Marshall Hobson vice president of sales. Todd McCurry was promoted to director of sales for woven products.

Fred Noble was appointed vice president of marketing for Action Instruments.

Kelleen Aguinaga joined West Pharmaceutical Services as senior account representative.

Elementis Performance Polymers appointed Thomas Powers technical sales representative.

Patch Rubber named Jeff Young sales manager for tire repair and retread products. Jim Davis was named west coast regional sales manager for the company.


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers named the following John T. Parsons Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers: Jose Ruiz Ayala, Ford Motor; Matthew Davies, National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Steven Schmid, University of Notre Dame.


Gerard Loyen, acting director of INRO, died April 19. He was 55.

Brewer named IISRP president

Thomas Brewer, general manager of Dexco Polymers, a Dow/ Exxon partnership, was elected international president of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers.

Brewer succeeds Karl-Heinz Geigl, Dow-BSL Synthetic Rubber.

Brewer graduated from the University of Florida and joined Exxon Chemical's adhesives business unit in 1974. He held positions in manufacturing, technology, business planning and marketing.

In the late 1980s, Brewer led efforts that brought about the formation of Dexco Polymers. He was named to his present position with the company in 1998.
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Date:Jul 1, 2000
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