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Fritz Hall to Retire From Benton Foundry, Jeff Hall Takes Role After nearly 55 years in the indus-

try, Alfred “Fritz” Hall is retiring as president from Benton Foundry, Ben- ton, Pa. He will retain the position of chairman of the board, providing long-term vision and overseeing other projects as they arise. Jeffrey Hall will assume the role of president. Fritz Hall took over ownership of

Benton Foundry in 1975. At the time, the operation had 65 employees, four customers and poured 10 tons per day from a cupola furnace. Today, it has 275 employees, nearly 400 customers and an electric melt capacity of 300 tons per day. During his tenure, Hall has worked with a number of manu- facturers in developing new equipment and new options or features that are now standard in the industry. Tese distinctions include:

• Te first job shop with load cells on melting furnaces, the first furnaces to be upgraded with fiber-optic controls, and the first furnaces up- graded to MM300 controls through a partnership with Inductotherm Corp., Rancocas, N.J.

• Te largest linear indexing mold handling system in North America from Summit Foundry Systems, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

• Te first DISA Match 130

PERSONALS Peter Li will assume the new

position of managing director for all Hunter Automated Machinery Corp.’s Asia Pacific Operations.

ASK Chemicals, Dublin, Ohio,

promoted Mark Adamovits to senior product manager-nobake, Jim Ar- chibald to senior product manager- cold box, Kevin Clark to regional sales manager-Midwest Region, Don Whitesel to product manager-feeding systems, Matt Hartman to product manager-cold box, Stacey Clifford to additives and auxiliaries product manager, Gilberto Valdez to product manager ASK de Mexico and Gloriela Garza to supply chain manager ASK de Mexico. Te company has hired Paul Mesaros as sales manager-ASK

Fritz Hall is retiring from Benton Foundry after nearly 55 years in the industry.

and DISA Match 2832. Hall is a past director of the

American Foundry Society, American Cast Metals Association, Gray and Ductile Iron Foundry Society and National Foundrymen’s Association. Since 1990, Jeff Hall has held the

positions of human resource manager, plant manager, quality manager and vice president of manufacturing. He is a Foundry Education Foundation scholar from Drexel Univ. with a triple

major in finance, operations manage- ment and human resource manage- ment. He received his MBA from Wilkes Univ. Hall is a third genera- tion owner with more than 22 years of diverse experience in all facets of the business with a primary focus on manufacturing, quality and engineer- ing. Read more about Benton Foundry’s new Discovery Center launched last year under Fritz and Jeff Hall’s leadership on page 44.

Distributor Network, Mike Varcho as product manager, nobake, Kurt Bauman as account manager-Eastern Region, Amanda Geer as customer service representative and Sandy Hay as customer service representative.

Ferrosource, Tequesta, Fla., ap-

pointed Tomas Kirk northeast regional manager following last year’s hiring of Arthur Clark as southeast regional manager. Matt Kremer has been appointed logistics manager.

Synchro ERP,

Gwynedd, U.K., hired Daniel Alcântara as training and implemen- tation manager.

Daniel Alcântara

OBITUARIES Kiro Pecenkovski, Aurora, Ontario,

Canada, died July 12, 2012. He was 75. Pecenkovski was founder and former president of K.P. Bronze, in Aurora.

Martin John Koleno, Highland,

Ind., died Dec. 15, 2012. He was 68. Koleno was formerly the owner-opera- tor of Specialty Cores in Griffith, Ind.

Douglas Taylor, Santa Monica,

Calif., died Jan. 11. He was 74. After several years running his own law firm, Taylor fulfilled his dream of growing a small family-run company into a large corporation, serving as president and CEO of diecasting company DelMar Industries, Gardena Calif.

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