Darwin Brown is chief executive officer and vice chairman of both Deceuninck North America – a major supplier of PVC profiles for window/door systems and other extruded building materials – and its Monroe, Ohio-based subsidiary Dayton Technologies LLC. He is stepping down from those posts Feb. 1, 2004, though he intends to remain active as an adviser to the board and to the company's executive team.
Brown joined the firm – then known as Dayton Extruded Plastics – in 1984 as its vice president of sales and marketing when it had annual sales of $4 million. After a couple ownership changes, the company in 1989 became part of the Sidney, Ohio-based Alcoa Construction Products Group, a division of Stolle Corp. In 1992 Brown was named president of the firm, which three years later consolidated operations in Monroe and changed its name to Dayton Technologies. In 1997, Belgium's Deceuninck Plastics Industries acquired Dayton from Alcoa, and Deceuninck North America's sales now exceed $150 million.
Dayton still works closely with its former parent company, announcing last fall a joint venture with Pittsburgh's Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. to extrude composite, HDPE/wood flour profiles for the decking and railing markets.
In addition to his passion for the vinyl extrusion business, Brown also loves athletics, with special interest in basketball. He was a basketball official for 25 years and retired from the Big Ten Conference in 1988. He is a member of Ohio's Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.