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ASK Chemicals CEO Stefan Sommer Presents Company at GIFA Newly created ASK

Chemicals, launched on Dec. 1, 2010, through the joining of Ashland Casting Solutions, Dublin, Ohio, and Süd Chemie AG, Munich, Germany, was represented for the first time as a newly established global player in the foundry chemicals industry at GIFA 2011 by CEO Stefan Sommer, among other executives. “Te combination of years

of experience, innovative strength and a global presence enables us to make a contri- bution to the further dynamic development of the foundry industry across the world,” Sommer said during the con- ference, held June 28 to July 2 in Düsseldorf, Germany. According to Sommer,

the new company believes it can succeed by combining the metalcasting expertise, products and experience of the former companies with a global distribution and production network. Sommer said the infrastructure of the two companies would make product development faster and more consistent. Sommer was tapped to lead the


Harvey Industries, Livonia, Mich., announced the promotion of Patrick Meredith to plant manager of its Wabash, Ind., operations.

Larry Harvey has taken the posi-

tion of account manager covering the midwest territory for Cast-Fab Technologies, Cincinnati.

Lethbridge Iron Works, Leth-

bridge, Alberta, Canada, has made three new appointments. Candice Kent will replace David Rynenberg as quality manager in August, Taher Hosseinzadeth joined the company as foundry technologist, and Mike Harper was tapped as the new vice president of production.

Mark DeBruin has joined Ell-

wood Engineered Castings, Hubbard, Ohio, as its plant metallurgist.

Dave Feathers has begun software sales and support on the East Coast for 3D printing and additive manu- facturing company netfabb, Parsberg, Germany.

OBITUARIES William Dell, East Moline, Ill.,

died Jan. 6. He was 88. Dell retired as a metallurgist from John Deere Foundry in 1984 after 30 years with the com- pany. After retirement, he worked as a consultant for John Deere, traveling

to China in 1985 and India in 1996. Dell received a certificate of merit from John Deere for his work and was a longtime member and former chairman of the American Foundry Society. He was active in the society and published papers on metallurgy and the use of ductile iron.

Carmine Palmieri, West Newton,

Pa., died March 11, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He was 96. Palmieri founded diecasting com- pany C. Palmer Mfg. Co. Inc., West Newton, Pa., in 1946. He officially retired from the company in 1979 but continued to work until the time of his death.

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Stefan Sommer was selected as chief executive of the combined compa- nies because of his extensive experience in the chemicals industry.

combined organization due to his in- ternational experience in the chemicals industry, having worked for Hoechst, Celanese/Ticona and DSM, among others. He has been involved in the

creation of ASK Chemi- cals since 2009. Dr. Tomas Oehmichen, COO, former CEO of Ashland-Südchemie Kernfest GmbH, Scott Ho- ertz, COO, former president of Ashland Casting Solutions, and Tiemo Heinzen, CFO, former head of corporate controlling of Süd-Chemie, complete the senior manage- ment team. “Expansion and targeted

innovations are the strategic key elements for our future growth,” Sommer said. “We are making a major contribu- tion to balance the increasing demand for foundry products with the necessary reduction in emissions.” In addition to his experi- ence in the chemicals industry, Sommer has worked as presi- dent of Ticona Engineering Plastics, Frankfurt, Germany, and Summit, N.J., manager of M&A, Frankfurt, Germany, associate director of Arthur D. Little, Munich, Germany, and

project manager for Klockner Indus- trieanlagen, Duisburg, Germany. Som- mer has a master’s degree in business administration from Bayreuth Univ. and LMU Munich.

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