Awards & Engraving

January '20

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A&E JANUARY 2020 • 73 ON THE MOVE PDU CAT Announces Calcote Family Attaining Sole Ownership of Company PDU CAT announced the Calcote family is attaining sole ownership of the company. Through many years, the Funk and Calcote families have worked together to serve the awards and personalization industry, according to the company. Over time, this relation- ship has evolved from vendor/customer to supplier/distributor to strategically aligned co-distributors and most recently, partners. In keeping with the Funks' desire to exit the company and pursue other interests, the Calcotes have agreed to purchase their remaining interest in PDU CAT and become the company's sole owners. This agreement was finalized on October 21, 2019. From a customer's standpoint, this change should be practi- cally invisible, as it will not impact the day-to-day operations, the company adds. Learn more: Engraved Products Rings in 45 Years with New Location and Management Engraved Products LLC, a custom awards business based in Danbury, Connecticut, brought Dave MacNutt on as the new general manager. The change happened to coincide with the company's move from Watertown to Danbury, as well as its 45th year in business in 2019. The company got its start in 1974 by Carl Hafner with a mission to provide premium quality engraving with exceptional service. Over time, Engraved Products has worked with corporate companies such as Duracell and GE, along with organizations and schools in the area, according to the company. Engraved Products and MacNutt share a little bit of history together, as well. Before joining Engraved Products, MacNutt was the athletic director at a few different schools including the Wooster School, also located in Danbury. According to MacNutt, one of the first things he did when he arrived at Wooster in the summer of 1992 was look at its trophy case. When he noticed a bunch of awards were missing, he called the different trophy shops in the area to see who had done business with the Wooster School. "My first professional call as athletic director of Wooster School was to Engraved Products, and here it is, all these years later — I am now working for Engraved Products," MacNutt elaborates. Throughout the years, MacNutt continued to work with Engraved Products as it transitioned owners and moved from its original location in Brookfield, Connecticut to Watertown in the early 2000s. MacNutt explains that he met Engraved Products' current owner Graves Kiely from coaching Kiely's children in basketball and lacrosse. Their relationship formed before Kiely became the owner of Engraved Products; however, once taking over, he decided to move it to Danbury and asked MacNutt to join the team. "After 35 years in the field of education, I decided it was time for something new," MacNutt says. He started as general manager at Engraved Products on June 10, 2019 just days after the Wooster School's graduation ceremony. Keep reading about Engraving Products here: http://aemag. ly/engravedproducts. Rowmark Names New President of Company Rowmark announces Eric Hausserman as its president, which is a new role within the com- pany's structure. Hausserman transitioned into the role officially on August 26, 2019, following his time as chief operating officer (COO) of Rowmark. "We're thrilled to have Eric in the role of presi- dent for Rowmark," says Jim Ellward, Rowmark CEO. "Eric has extensive experience with our customer base and our manufac- turing operation, and I know our customers will benefit from his knowledge of the industry." Hausserman has been with the company for 19 years and has been an active member of the plastics industry for 30 years. He originates from Ionia, Michigan; he received his Bachelor of Sci- ence from Western Michigan University and his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to his duties at Rowmark, he is currently on the board of directors for PolymerOhio, an organization that sup- ports plastics companies. Rowmark's new president is also on the Board of Education for Vanlue (Ohio) Local Schools and is an active volunteer for the Vanlue Music Boosters. For the past 16 years, he has been a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for Cancer Patient Services, a Hancock County, Ohio nonprofit organiza- tion. Hausserman is active with the local United Way in Hancock County, where he was the 2018 chair for the corporate division of the local campaign. "We've got a very talented, experienced team at Rowmark, and they truly care about the quality and variety of products we provide our customers," says Hausserman. "We're already working on the next generation of engravable sheet products, and I'm excited about what the future holds for our company." With his experience and a firm grasp on the plastics industry as a whole, the company says it looks forward to Hausserman using that knowledge to find new and innovative materials to offer customers. "Eric is committed to continue to grow the Rowmark brand and product line both domestically and with our international partners," Ellward states. JDS Industries Announces Marketing Team Addition JDS Industries announces the addition of Justin Van Kirk to its marketing team as a digital media specialist. In this position, Van Kirk will create ads for social media networks such as Face- book, Twitter, and Instagram to achieve growth and increase product awareness, as well as create and track promotional emails, according to the company. Van Kirk graduated with a bachelor's degree from Dakota State University and brings with him over 15 years of experi- ence in retail management and the development of digital media with social media and email marketing. Van Kirk joined JDS on October 7 at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota location. "His creativity and strong graphic design skills will be a wonderful asset to the marketing team and the company," says the company. Hausserman Van Kirk

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