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Leading Extrusion System Manufacturer Granco Clark Looks to the Future, Appoints New COO


March 6, 2013 - Belding, MI

Granco Clark has promoted 20-year company veteran Jeffrey Ferman to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Highlighting collaborative innovations that result from working closely with customers, Ferman's team worked closely with a Granco Clark customer in perfecting and bringing to market the patented FusionBond™ billet bonding system as well as cost-saving remote machine management and diagnostics.

Founded in 1947, Granco Clark has maintained a reputation for producing technological innovations for manufacturing aluminum extrusion systems of exceptional quality, starting with the introduction of the first direct-flame impingement furnace in 1954. Ferman's appointment to the position of Chief Operating Officer ensures the continued tradition of innovation centered on the needs of Granco Clark's customers.

"As a company, we listen to our customers first, and I'm going to make it a priority to continue to work with them to help them identify the easiest solution and the best value for their needs," says Ferman. "At the same time, we are continually rolling out new innovations that drive 'practical' automation -- automation that keeps production running without the risk of excessive downtime."

By spending time learning about the specific requirements of customers, Granco Clark has been able to effectively address the unique needs of each client, designing systems that fit customers' needs based on facility size, production requirements, and energy needs.

"Systems engineered to fit the customer's requirements mean lower energy costs and higher profits, and have resulted in reducing startup times from up-to-four weeks to as little as one week," said Ferman.

President & CEO Larry Difatta has high praise for Ferman's leadership and focus on innovation, "Jeff initiated the formation of our service department, and is familiar with every piece of equipment we manufacture. His contributions to the development of the scrap-reducing FusionBond™ system, and development of groundbreaking remote support for our customers demonstrates the direction Granco Clark is moving."

Granco Clark, Inc. (USA) - Granco Clark, Inc. is a global leader in the aluminum extrusion industry and builds some of the world's largest aluminum extrusion systems. Leading the pack in development of new extrusion technologies and processes, Granco Clark is committed to the needs of their clients, working together to create powerful and efficient solutions customized to each installation. Learn more at http://www.grancoclark.com

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Contact
Jeffrey Ferman
COO
Granco Clark (Available for Interview)
Main: (616) 794-2600
jeff.ferman@grancoclark.com

Larry Difatta
President and CEO
Granco Clark (Available for Interview)
Main: 616-794-2600
larry.difatta@grancoclark.com
www.grancoclark.com

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