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In January, Kiley Eck Hayon was named president of the Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based Eck Industries. She knows that being a female CEO in the metalcasting industry is unusual. She also takes pride in her role. “In the past, I have attended


Eck Hayon Looks to Continue Building Family Business Eck is now staffed with the fourth


generation of the Eck family. Te company was founded in May 1948 by four people, including William Eck. Later that year, Robert Eck, William’s son, joined. “Certainly we have pride in the


foundry events with my husband and people will approach us and ask him what foundry he works for. We get a good laugh when that happens,” Eck Hayon said. “I am very honored to be a female in this industry and am thrilled to be paving the way for other women to follow. I am surrounded by men at work and at home – I have three sons. It’s become the ‘norm’ for me.” It’s also the norm for Eck Hayon


to be working at the company that specializes in aluminum castings. For the previous 13 years, Eck


Hayon had been with Eck working in quality, human resources and finance.


PERSONALS Badger Alloys Inc., Mil-


waukee, announced a series of management promotions. Brad Moore is now the director of sales engineering after serving as industrial and manufacturing engineer and as project manager. Mike Podevels is now foundry manager and has more than 30 years of experience in the indus- try. Also, Ted Butch has been named environmental, safety and health manager. Chassix, Southfield, Michigan, has appointed Iwona Niec Vil- laire as vice president and general counsel. Villaire is responsible for providing legal guidance, direction and oversight to corporate business development, financial agreements, corporate governance and compli- ance and commercial transactions. Eck Industries, Manitowoc,


Wisconsin, announced Jeff Friday has been named vice president of operations. Friday has worked at Twin Disc, Racine, Wisconsin,


and Grede. Mindy Bauknecht also has been added in human resources. CIFUNSA—GIS México,


Saltillo, Mexico, announced that Jose Manuel Garza is retiring to tend to personal business. Garza last served as general manager and a replacement has not been announced. Chromalloy, Palm Beach


Gardens, Florida, announced Rich Feely has joined as vice president, global sales. He is accountable for new customer growth. LA Aluminum Casting,


Hayden, Idaho, announced Gary Jackson has joined as quality assurance manager. Jack- son will work with production and management as well as cur- rent and prospective customers to maintain and improve quality systems.


Epcor Foundry, Cincinnati,


a division of Seilkop Industries, announced Jim Walsh as senior


sales engineer. Walsh will be responsible for account manage- ment, equipment quotations and developing metal casting solutions. Jerrod A. Weaver has been named the executive director of the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Soci- ety, Park Ridge, Illinois. Weaver was the NFFS director of educa- tion. Weaver has served the NFFS since 1996 as quality services manager and then as director of education and training.


OBITUARY Robert Lee Damschroder died


March 6. He was 78. Damschroder worked at Hickman, Williams & Co. culminating in his tenure as the president, CEO and chairman of the board. He was active in the Cast- ing Industry Suppliers Association (CISA) where he served as president in 1994, and in AFS, where he served as Detroit chapter president.


April 2016 MODERN CASTING | 13 Kiley Eck Hayon


Eck family name and we want to uphold the integrity of it. Eck In- dustries has been serving a very loyal customer base since 1948, and we will work very hard to improve and grow to meet their needs for decades to come,” she said. “One thing that I love about this business is that the Eck family is not the only family in- volved with the business. We have an extremely knowledgeable workforce who has been here for generations too. Some employees even remember working for my great-grandfather and grandfather. Teir fathers, uncles, cousins and brothers work here. It is a sense of pride for everyone.”


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