Craig Graybill to succeed Jeff Bolton as vice president and general plant manager of the New Martinsville facility
Bolton to lead MDI and TDI production at the Covestro Baytown, Texas, site
Pittsburgh, January 16, 2018 — Effective Jan. 15, Covestro LLC welcomed Craig Graybill as the new vice president and general plant manager of its industrial park in New Martinsville, West Virginia, which manufactures thermoplastic urethanes and urethane intermediates. Graybill succeeds longtime plant manager Jeff Bolton, who will be taking on a new leadership role as vice president of MDI and TDI production, key raw materials in the polyurethane market, at the Covestro manufacturing facility in Baytown, Texas.
Graybill joined Covestro in 1979 as a process engineer at the New Martinsville facility. Since then, he has gained extensive manufacturing and commercial experience, taking on positions of increasing responsibility at Covestro sites in Dormagen, Germany; Bushy Park, South Carolina; and Baytown. He spent 10 years in Pittsburgh, responsible for global strategic raw materials for the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) business, before moving to Baytown to lead CAS production and technology. In 2015, Graybill assumed his most recent role as head of Polycarbonates production and technology in Baytown.
Graybill holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University.
“I started my Covestro journey here in New Martinsville, so I feel as though my career has come full circle. It’s an honor to be back, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of a new role and working with such a highly respected team,” said Graybill. “Under Jeff’s leadership, the New Martinsville site has sustained a strong manufacturing presence in the region and active community engagement. I’m grateful for the opportunity to build on that reputation moving forward.”
Bolton will begin his new role in Baytown on Feb. 2, succeeding Don Pferdehirt, who recently retired. In his more than 25 years with the company, Bolton has held numerous production supervisory positions in New Martinsville; Baytown; and Uerdingen, Germany. He also led the Technology Center during the development of two major isocyanate projects from Leverkusen, Germany.
“It has been an honor and a privilege leading the Covestro New Martinsville production team, and I take comfort in knowing the site is in good hands under Craig’s capable leadership,” said Bolton.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.
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