People in Composites: December 2021


New hires, appointments and changes in executive leadership have been announced by INCA Renewable Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Michelman, Montalvo, Leitz USA, Teijin and Eastman Machine.

INCA Renewable Technologies appoints two industry veterans to key leadership roles

INCA Renewable Technologies (Kelowna, Canada), a manufacturer of natural fibre composites, announce the addition of Mary Wetzel, as an independent board member and Paul Wybo as the company’s new COO.

Wetzel is the founder, president and COO of WishBone Medical (Warsaw, Ind., U.S.), a manufacturer of pediatric orthopedic implants and an inductee in the Automotive Hall of Fame. She is also the former president of TekModo Industries (Elkhart, Ind., U.S.) which is said to have developed the first all-composite trailer for the RV industry. Earlier in her career she headed DaimlerChrysler’s (Stuttgart, Germany) multi-billion-dollar regional incentive programs, was senior manager for Market Intelligence and Business Management, and before this, a member of the advanced engineering team at General Motors (Detroit, Mich., U.S.).

“I am excited to bring my background and expertise to the INCA team to help solve longstanding sustainability challenges in both the automotive and RV industries including weight and emissions reduction and ending use of rainforest plywood,” says Wetzel.

Wybo was previously COO, overseeing two factories, for ABC Industries (Winona Lake, Ind., U.S.), manufacturers of industrial textiles and ventilation ducting. During his tenure he implemented lean manufacturing principles to improve EBITDA by 35% and labor efficiency by 90%. Prior to this he was VP of Operations for Able Manufacturing (Joplin, Mo., U.S.), which produces composite and metal autobody parts and before this role was production manager of Goldshield Fiberglass (Decatur, Ind., U.S.), a division of Allied Specialty Vehicles.

“I look forward to putting my 30 years of manufacturing and operations experience to work to build both INCA manufacturing operations from the ground up with the latest production methodologies, state-of-the art manufacturing equipment and highest level of ESG principles,” concluded Wybo.

Originally published in CompositesWorld

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