Manufacturing People in the News

Pat Hatem has been named vice president of operations for Gaco Western, a manufacturer of coatings and spray foam for the construction and waterproofing industries. Gaco Western is based in Washington, but has a manufacturing facility in Waukesha.

Hatem worked previously at JohnsonDiversey where she held numerous manufacturing and material leadership positions throughout her 16 year career with the Johnson family of companies. She has also held positions at The Dial Corporation, Abbott Laboratories and the Olin Corporation in a variety of positions in R&D and process and environmental engineering.  

“Pat’s commitment to collaboration and leadership will bring a new level of excellence to our national operations strategy,” says Peter Davis, president and CEO of Gaco Western. “As a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean manufacturing leader, she’s skilled at driving process improvements, increasing output and realizing cost savings –we’re looking forward to leveraging her talent and positioning the company for future growth.”

St. Francis-based Wixon Inc. has named Kim Holman director of marketing. Holman’s responsibilities include managing all marketing, advertising and promotional activities and staff, overseeing business development activities and trade shows, and providing analysis of customer research, market conditions and competitor data.

“We’re happy to have Kim at the helm of our marketing initiatives as Wixon continues to grow its brand and product line,” said Peter Gottsacker, Wixon president. “She is a proven communicator and the skill sets she brings to the table will enhance our commitment to drive innovation and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Holman worked previously at SC Johnson, overseeing marketing initiatives, and as a brand manager for a variety of products and new business ventures. After leaving SC Johnson, she started her own business, VIM Marketing.


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