NASF People in the News - October, 2010

People in the News: David Crimp of Enthone Europe, and Thomas Venarge of APV Engineered Coatings.

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David Crimp Appointed Executive Vice President, Enthone Europe
� Cookson Electronics (West Haven, CT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Crimp as Executive Vice President, Enthone Europe.  This appointment extends Mr. Crimp’s current role as Executive Vice President of Cookson Electronics’ Alpha business in Europe.
In his expanded role, “David will look for opportunities to create synergies between the Enthone and Alpha businesses wherever feasible,” said Steve Corbett, CEO Cookson Electronics.  “He will utilize his experience and knowledge to blend the best from both organizations. David’s appointment will allow us to fulfill the potential of our excellent businesses."
Mr. Crimp has been with Cookson Group (UK) for more than 20 years.  He brings to Enthone Europe an inclusive, engaging and visionary leadership style together with a wealth of business and commercial experience.  Mr. Crimp’s key achievements at Cookson have included the successful transition of the Alpha business from autonomous country business units to a single Pan-European entity.
Thomas Venarge named President of APV Engineered Coatings®
� Thomas Venarge has been named President of APV Engineered Coatings® (Akron, OH). Venarge had served as the company’s Vice President of Manufacturing since 2004, and has also been the Plant Manager since 1999.
“Thomas has learned every aspect of this business since his initial involvement back in 1990,” says David Venarge, Chairman of APV Engineered Coatings, a custom engineered products company. “The timing is ideal for him to take over the reins of the company to assure its sustained growth and success. He will lead us forward on a continued path of innovation in this specialty business and help us to grow into different markets in the future.”
Despite the challenging state of the economy, APV had its fifth best sales month ever in August of 2010. This milestone is especially impressive when considering that the company is more than 130 years old. 
“I plan to continue along the same paths as we have been traveling for years focusing on continuous improvements and growth,” says Thomas Venarge. “We’re the ultimate niche business, and we have a great deal to offer the world with our specialty formulations, innovative solutions and tolling capabilities.
“Everyone at APV is excited about the advances we’re making in nanotechnology and the opportunities we have to develop superior coatings for all types of applications. We have experience in achitectural, automotive and aerospace Industries, to name just a few of our expertise areas. There are also many unchartered applications we have not tried … yet. We love the innovative nature of our business and thrive on the potential for new developments each day.”
Venarge has played an active role in the family business since he was a student at the University of Akron in the early 1990s. His first position with the company involved the manufacture of industrial crayons. Through the years, he has operated nearly all of the company’s equipment, performed most daily functions, worked in both inside and outside Sales and Service departments, and managed a satellite facility.
“I’m looking forward to developing more cutting-edge products in the near future that transform existing items and help extend the life of products in a wide variety of markets,” according to Venarge. Thomas, his wife Marcy, and three daughters live in the Akron suburb of Green. David Venarge, who will remain Chairman of APV, spends his time between Ohio and Florida.
Founded in Akron, Ohio in 1878, APV Engineered Coatings manufactures innovative, custom products that are sold around the world, to a wide variety of industries. The company’s custom formulated product lines include: adhesives, caulks and sealants, crayons, decals, dyes, inks, high temperature coatings, inspection markers, lubricants and release agents. For more information on products and solutions, visit or call (800) 772-3452.