Chris Hatzenbuhler joined Minneapolis-based Conwed Global Netting Solutions (www.conwedplastics.com) in 2000 in his current post as chief financial officer. In the nine years since, he has led efforts to negotiate and integrate nine acquisitions in the United States, Europe and Mexico. During this time, Conwed doubled its revenues and quadrupled its profits.
The 42-year-old company now operates four U.S. plants, as well as manufacturing facilities in Genk, Belgium, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Along with financial management, Hatzenbuhler also is responsible for procurement and production planning functions within the organization.
Prior to joining Conwed, he worked for a pair of food giants Cargill Inc. and Con Agra Foods Inc. For two years beginning in 1998, he served as controller for Con Agra's global commodity trading operations. As such, he helped consolidate all commodity trading activities there into one business unit.
Hatzenbuhler joined Cargill as an auditor in its corporate audit department after graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1985 with a bachelor of science in business administration degree. During his 13-year tenure at Cargill, he held numerous financial management positions throughout the world. His experiences included serving as project manager for global systems development, and being a division controller for manufacturing operations with revenues exceeding $3 billion.
Conwed's base process is extrusion, which it complements with orientation, coextrusion and an in-house innovation it calls bicomponent that creates a netting with different materials in the machine direction and the cross direction. The firm's capabilities include calendering, lamination, packaging, rewinding, sheeting, and slitting. It processes a variety of resins to produce high-performance net, including a wide range of polyolefins, plus nylon, PET, thermoplastic elastomers, ethylene vinyl acetate, and even some biodegradable materials.