NEW YORK Richard J. Burns has been named chief operating
officer of pipe-cladding firm MesoCoat Inc. effective
immediately, parent Abakan Inc. announced Feb. 5.
Burns will oversee all internal operations, including
building company infrastructure and developing a creative,
high-performance corporate culture, Miami-based Abakan
His appointment will also help free up MesoCoat general manager
of cladding Mario Medanic and his global expansion team,
allowing them to prioritize setting up manufacturing facilities
in Brazil and Indonesia as well as a research and development
center in Canada, Abakan said.
MesoCoat is also working to bring its new pipe-coating facility
in Euclid, Ohio, online. MesoCoat broke ground on the plant in
amm.com, April 6, 2011
Burns joins Euclid-based MesoCoat from specialized polymer
supplier PolyOne Corp., where he served as vice president and
general manager of North American engineered materials. In that
role, Burns oversaw the Avon Lake, Ohio-based companys
move into high-margin products and the development of a
$10-million manufacturing plant, Abakan said.