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New President for ATI Forged Products

April 22, 2014
Past v.p./g.m. at Cudahy, WI forging operations Plants in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Poland Renamed business unit

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated named John S. Minich as the new president of its ATI Forged Products business unit, part of the corporation’s ATI High Performance Components Group. The company also named Robert S. Wetherbee as the new president of its ATI Flat Rolled Products business unit. Both appointments were effective April 1.

Speaking of Minich, ATI chairman, president, and CEO Richard J. Harshman, said: “John was named vice president, general manager of our Cudahy, WI forging operations in September 2012. Since that time he has been the driving force in improving manufacturing efficiencies and the competitive cost position of this operation. He has also led a significant improvement in safety performance at the Cudahy operations.

ATI acquired the former Ladish Inc. organization, in Cudahy, WI, in 2011.

Harshman noted that Minich would be aiding ATI High Performance Components Group executive vice president John Sims in continuing efforts to improve efficiencies, cost control, and safety at the ATI forging operations in Cudahy, WI; Irvine, CA; Portland, IN; Lebanon, KY; and Stalowa Wola, Poland, as well as machining operations in Connecticut and Wisconsin.

John S. Minich, 52, has been with ATI since 1981. He was named vice president and general manager of ATI’s Cudahy, WI forging operations in September 2012. Previously, he had been vice president and general manager, primary operations, engineering, procurement, and environmental health and safety at ATI’s Flat Rolled Products business unit since 2006.

Prior to 2006, in addition to various metallurgical engineering roles, Minich was general/product manager of sheet, plate and Precision Rolled Strip® products at various points in time from 1993 to 2000.

Minich holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Cincinnati.

In addition to the personnel appointments, ATI explained it was changing the name of one of its business segments and most of its business units to reflect the products manufactured by each segment and business.

ATI’s two business segments are: High Performance Materials and Components (previously, High Performance Metals); and Flat Rolled Products. There was no change to the business units that comprise each business segment.

The High Performance Materials and Components segment includes ATI Specialty Materials (previously named ATI Allvac, ATI Allvac Ltd, and ATI Powder Metals); ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (previously ATI Wah Chang); ATI Forged Products (previously ATI Ladish, ATI Chen Tech, ATI Portland Forge, ATI ZKM (Poland), and ATI Ladish Machining); ATI Cast Products (previously ATI Pacific Cast Technologies); and ATI Flowform Products (acquired in February 2014.)

The Flat Rolled Products segment includes ATI Flat Rolled Products (previously, ATI Allegheny Ludlum) and ATI’s two joint ventures, STAL (China) and UNITI (industrial titanium.)