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Volume 6, Issue 1                                                January/February 2005

ONES to Watch

Intek Plastics Realigns Management Team
Intek Plastics Inc. of Hastings, Minn., has experienced some significant changes, including an implemented lean manufacturing process, a re-aligned management team and a new member on its board of directors.

The changes include promoting Rob Tracey to chief operating officer. He has almost 20 years experience in the window and door industry, including six projects to implement lean transformations. The company has moved Allen Colliander from vice president of sales and marketing to vice president of technology and development, and has promoted Mike Kenning to vice president of sales. Also, Mike Kafezynski has been promoted to director of manufacturing and recent newcomer Steve Glienke’s duties have been expanded to include director of business planning, along with the role of controller. 

The board of directors also experienced a change when Neil Drozeski, most recently the president of Bunzl Extrusion’s operating companies, came aboard. The addition was made to strengthen the company’s corporate governance and industry knowledge.

Fastek Products Remembers a Loyal Worker
Fastek Products, a division of Amesbury Group, employs several people in the community to work from their homes to assemble small parts for the window hardware industry. One special worker was Dorothy Eliason, who passed away in August 2004, at the age of 95. 

Eliason was remembered in a ceremony where her family members presented a shadow box of mementos to Dave Gard, general manager and Bryan Anson, Eliason’s supervisor. 

According to her daughter and granddaughter, knowing she had a duty and a responsibility kept her alive.

“Dorothy was one of those people who provided a steady flow of products for us. We counted her as a friend, and a true testament to good work ethic,” said Dave Gard, general manager.

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