Manufacturing People in the News

Gaco Western has named Dan Nelson its vice president of research and development. Nelson will work from the company’s 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Waukesha.

“As a company we’re continuously focused on product innovation and advancement – assembling a world-class R&D team is paramount to that,” said Peter Davis, president and CEO. “Dan’s extensive experience leading technology and research in the coatings industry speaks for itself; he’s going to make a significant contribution to our future growth.”

Nelson has worked previously with James Hardie Building Products, Diamond Vogel Corp., Eastman Chemical Company, and SC Johnson Polymer.

Michael Laszkiewicz, Rockwell Automation‘s vice president and general manager of the company’s Power Control Business, has been named to the 2010 Manufacturing Council by Gary Locke, U.S. Commerce Secretary.

Laszkiewicz said the council’s work comes at a critical moment for American manufacturers.

“Ten years from now global manufacturing will look nothing like it does today,” Laszkiewicz said. “We hope that the federal government will join forces with American manufacturers to foster the next round of technological innovation that will create highly efficient smart factori


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