January 10, 2014
On January 1, 2014, Bruce Fawcett became PolymerOhio’s new Executive Director, replacing CEO Wayne Earley and President Joe Jacomet, both of whom retired on December 31, 2013. Bruce comes to PolymerOhio with more than 30 years of broad business experience in a variety of industries, working in organizations large and small.
OH!Manufacturing is operated by PolymerOhio, an Ohio Edison Technology Center focused on enhancing the global competitiveness and growth of the Ohio manufacturing industry.
Regarding his appointment, Mr. Fawcett stated, “I am excited to be able build on the solid foundation and successes of PolymerOhio to further its mission to enhance the competitive position of Ohio’s substantial polymer manufacturing base.”
His background includes leadership in general management, manufacturing, research, sales, marketing and strategic planning at companies that range in size from start-up to Fortune 500, including Owens Corning, Proctor and Gamble, and Reichhold.
Bruce earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto and an MBA from Wilfrid Lauier University. He has additional training in Six Sigma, New Product Development Processes, Transformational Leadership and Value Selling.
The selection of a new Executive Director has been the focus of the Board of Trustees since the Wayne Earley and Joe Jacomet announced their retirement in the early summer of 2013. Since that time, the Board has done extensive work on clearly defining the role of executive director, searching for and interviewing candidates.
“Bruce Fawcett brings a wealth of leadership, financial competency, collaboration/marketing success, and technological experience critical to the opportunities and challenges facing PolymerOhio,” said Shawn Lambacher, Co-Chair of the PolymerOhio Board of Trustees
Joe Jacomet has fully retired from PolymerOhio and plans to continue pursuing his love of foreign travel with his wife. Wayne Earley will continue to support the organization, working on select projects and ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership.