Detroit, Michigan, May 29, 2013 -- Weldaloy Products Company has promoted James (Jim) Smietana to President & Chief Executive Officer and Michelle McCullough to Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.
Smietana will fill the roll previously held by company owner Richard (Rick) Warren, who remains active with the company and is now Chairman. In his new role Smietana will drive the efforts to evaluate new business strategies and position the company for growth. McCullough, who has assumed Smietana’s previous position, will be responsible for day-to-day and operational leadership.
Jim Smietana is a natural choice for President & CEO, having worked for Weldaloy since 2001. He started with the company as Director of Engineering and was then promoted to Vice President and COO in 2004. Smietana, who holds three patents, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an AAS in Design Drafting from State University of New York at Alfred Technical College. Prior to joining Weldaloy he was with Schenck Pegasus and Moog Inc. in engineering management and research and development positions. Jim makes his home in Orion Township, Michigan and is married to Zina, his wife of 28 years; they have two grown children.
Michelle McCullough is another long-tenured Weldaloy employee. She was hired by the company in 1997 as a Network Administrator. In 1999 she was promoted to Information Systems Manager; in 2002 she took on additional responsibilities as Human Resources Manager. McCullough earned a BA from Oakland University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration through Michigan State University. Michelle resides in Clarkston, Michigan with her husband Joshua; they have been married for 13 years and have two children.
Since 1994 Weldaloy has been owned and led by Warren. The company has established a reputation within the industry for manufacturing difficult-to-make copper forgings to exacting specifications, achieving a 99.9% defect-free quality rating.
The company made these management changes in order to broaden and diversify the leadership team. Smietana and McCullough will work with Warren to lead Weldaloy in the coming years. In addition to Weldaloy, Warren is Chairman for Warren Strategies (a strategic marketing firm based in Southfield, Michigan). He also is highly involved as a board member and in other capacities at numerous educational institutions including Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL), Southfield Christian School (Southfield, MI), Westside Christian School (Detroit, MI) and Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, MI).
“I feel very comfortable placing Jim and Michelle in these influential positions,” Warren said. “They have proven again and again to have not only business knowledge and professionalism, but also great character and integrity. I know they will help me continue to look out for not just the best interests of Weldaloy as a business, but also our employees and customers.”
For more information, please visit the Weldaloy Products Company website.