Management changes are in the air for profile extrusion house Deceuninck North America.
Darwin Brown, chief executive officer of Deceuninck North America and Dayton Technologies LLC, based in Monroe, Ohio, will retire from that post as of Feb. 1. Dayton Technologies President Michael Hutfless will become chief operating officer for Deceuninck North America. Ralph Weiss, president of sister firm Vinyl Building Products LLC, based in Oakland, N.J., will become CEO of Deceuninck North America.
``I'm retiring as CEO, but not from the company,'' Brown, 61, said Dec. 4 by telephone. ``I will continue to stay active.'' Brown will serve as an adviser to the board and the company's executive team, officials said.
``My background has been in sales and marketing, and that's where I will be spending my time,'' Brown said. He has served as president and CEO for 10 years. Before that, he served for 10 years as vice president of sales and marketing.
Hutfless has served as Dayton's president for the past year, and now will have responsibility for Deceuninck's four North American plants. Weiss was named president and CEO of Vinyl Building Products in 2000.
The changes, announced by parent company Deceuninck NV of Hooglede, Belgium, come nearly eight months after Deceuninck purchased Thyssen Polymer GmbH, which owned Vinyl Building Products.
Together, Dayton Technologies and Vinyl Building Products operate plants in Oakland; Little Rock, Ark.; Monroe; and Wilmington, Del., which functions as Acro Extrusion Corp.
``Here are two companies that are outstanding performers - each in its own way - and we expect this combination to give us numerous opportunities to be a better supplier to all our customers,'' Weiss said in a news release.
Dayton made headlines in October when it announced a joint venture in composite extrusion with Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. of Pittsburgh.
After considering other sites, Dayton has decided to base that operation at existing facilities in Monroe, Brown said.
``We're doing the infrastructure work as we speak,'' Brown said. Rather than build a new plant, the company will use part of an existing warehouse to start production.
Test runs are to begin in February for decking and railing products.