Employees are cited as tops in their field
Freudenberg-NOK Engineering Manager is a New Rising Star in the Plastics Industry
As an engineering student, Raymond P. Hartzell identified early that plastic materials held fascinating prospects for automotive and other industry manufacturers who were working to resolve functional and environmental product challenges.
Hartzell, the Lead Center Engineering Manager for Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies’ Findlay, Ohio facility, has since turned his interest into a successful career working with thermoplastics. In recognition of this success, Hartzell was recently named a 2016 Rising Star in the plastics industry by Crain’s Plastics News magazine. He joins other talented Freudenberg-NOK employees who have earned industry recognition for their contributions to manufacturing and the company’s success. Hartzell, 35, oversees product and process development including current production support, new product launches, future projects and research and development for the Findlay location. In being chosen as a Rising Stars in 2016 by Plastics News, he exemplifies the talent and dedication needed to resolve industry issues and develop breakthrough material, product and process solutions in the plastics industry.
“We are delighted Ray was recognized as a Rising Star in the industry,” said Roy Schroeder, Lead Center Manager, Fluid Power Automotive in Findlay. “Ray is an invaluable member of the Findlay team, and he continues to successfully take on more challenges and projects for the Lead Center and compa...
“We are delighted Ray was recognized as a Rising Star in the industry,” said Roy Schroeder, Lead Center Manager, Fluid Power Automotive in Findlay. “Ray is an invaluable member of the Findlay team, and he continues to successfully take on more challenges and projects for the Lead Center and company. Ray is a great example of the kind of extraordinary people we have on our company team.”
Hartzell joined Freudenberg-NOK in 2006 as a process engineer. He has taken on positions of increasing responsibility since that time. During his career, he has been instrumental in assisting the company in expanding its use of thermoplastics through improved research and development activities and testing. He has also led team efforts to develop new plastics solutions for customers in important programs like the 8/9/10 speed transmission programs.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo, Hartzell also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Freudenberg-NOK’S Walker Named USA Rubber Technologist of the Year
Joseph Walker is fond of talking about the “silent, behind-the-scenes material technology” that goes into every component that Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies manufacturers for its customers.
Now Walker’s contributions to the company’s technological revolution – and the rubber industry overall – have been recognized by members of the Rubber Technologists Network (RTN) who have named him the USA Rubber Technologist of the Year for 2016.
Walker is the Global Director of Advanced Materials Development for Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies. He is responsible for overseeing all advanced material developments globally within the company. As USA Rubber Technologist for 2016, Walker was cited for his contributions to the rubber industry through industrial research, education and training of the next generation of rubber professionals.
Walker was honored during the RTN’s USA Rubber Industry Forum held in Pittsburgh, Penn. July 18-22. He attended the forum as a guest lecturer speaking on the essentials of rubber technology and the rubber molding process.
“We are delighted that Joe Walker has been recognized for his tremendous dedication to the advancement of the rubber industry,” said Dr. Ernst Osen, Vice President and Global
Head of Materials Technology, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. “Joe not only makes invaluable contributions to Freudenberg’s material research and development activities, but he is a tremendous asset to the rubber industry overall because of his active participation in development of educational rubber curriculums and trade associations that support the next generation of rubber professionals.”
RTN is an organization of rubber technologists founded by TechnoBiz USA Inc. and Rubber World magazine in March 2016 to exchange information on rubber technology. RTN honors dedicated rubber technologists for their contributions to the sustainability in the rubber industry globally. RTN has 200 members and hopes to connect all rubber technologists globally.
Walker joined the Freudenberg-NOK in 1998. In addition to his position as Global Director of Advanced Materials Development, he is a board member for the Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Plastics Engineers, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Automotive Industry Action Group and the Americas Tech Team of the American Chemistry Council. Walker regularly lectures on the opportunities and challenges associated with the rubber industry and is on the Rubber Industry Advisory Board for Ferris State University. He is past chairman of the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division.
A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, Walker holds 23 patents in the fields of materials and applications, process and compositional chemistries. He has authored and edited many research publications.
Published by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies on Aug 05, 2016
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