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Thomas VanSumeren Appointed To General Manager, Traco

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3 November, 2011
Experienced Manufacturing Leader to Deliver Operational and Service Excellence and Help Drive Profitable Growth
NORCROSS, GA – Traco, a division of Kawneer Company, Inc. and a leading manufacturer of high performance windows, announced that Thomas “Tom” VanSumeren has been appointed General Manager for Traco. VanSumeren will draw on his more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing management and engineering to deliver operational and service excellence and drive profitable growth for Traco.
Most recently, VanSumeren served as Plant Manager for Kawneer's curtain wall and window plant in Springdale, Arkansas where under his leadership the plant achieved record results. VanSumeren began his career with Alcoa in 1992 as Senior Manufacturing Engineer for the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh and later held various leadership positions in Alcoa’s automotive businesses. In 2006, he joined Alcoa’s Kawneer business as the Corporate Technical manager where he was responsible for developing and carrying out technical solutions to help improve manufacturing operations and which led to his promotion to Springdale Plant Manager. Prior to joining Alcoa, he spent six years with Kaiser Aluminum.
“As we continue to build on Traco’s track record of excellence in windows, Tom will play a critical role in not only continuing to deliver the quality and innovation that customers expect, but building on that foundation to help ensure future success,” said Diana Perreiah, General Manager of Kawneer North America and Vice President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS). “We are pleased to have him continue with the organization in this new capacity and know that he will bring exceptional technical knowledge, customer management and product expertise to this position.” 
VanSumeren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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