Lou Hirbour, former Technic VP, passes

Hirbour had been with Technic for 50 years, beginning as a salesman in the Northeast U.S. in 1961. In later years, he developed Technic’s West Coast regional sales operations and was instrumental in opening the Asian markets for Technic products.

Lou Hirbour, retired Technic vice resident, passed away December 29 at the age of 84.  Hirbour had been with Technic for 50 years, beginning as a salesman in the Northeast U.S. in 1961. In later years, he developed Technic’s West Coast regional sales operations and was instrumental in opening the Asian markets for Technic products.

Hirbour also spearheaded the development of the Technic Cutstrip Plater for the semiconductor industry. Funeral services were held January 6.

 

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