Decatur Foundry, Inc. (DFI), an innovative leader in specialty gray and ductile iron castings, today announced the appointment of William D. (Bill) Vanness as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 8th, 2015. Mr. Vanness brings more than 35 years of industry experience to his new role, having most recently served as Plant Manager at Goldens’ Foundry and Machine Company in Cordele, Georgia. Mr. Vanness will succeed Terry Young, who has served as DFI’s CEO since 1992.
Ron Stanley, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DFI, welcomed Mr. Vanness with the following comments: “We are very pleased to welcome Bill Vanness to the Decatur Foundry family. The experience, leadership, and enthusiasm that Bill brings to the organization will enable us to continue our success as a leading producer of custom gray and ductile iron castings. Bill’s results-oriented approach will play a key role in extending our record of profitable growth and enhancing our reputation for producing exceptional quality products.” Mr. Stanley also expressed the board’s sincere appreciation and thanks to Terry Young. “Terry Young has spent his entire career with Decatur Foundry. Without Terry’s expertise and knowledge we would not be at the forefront of the casting industry. He has been influential in guiding us for many years and we thank him for his dedication and leadership.”
Mr. Vanness earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from Lynchburg College. He is a member of the American Foundry Society.
Decatur Foundry, Inc. produces a custom line of gray and ductile metal castings, ranging from 50 lbs to 15,000 lbs. We offer modeling, a full service pattern shop, wet lab chemical testing and spectrographic analysis, and we excel at on-time delivery with minimal lead times. We are an innovative leader in providing superior casting technology and engineering solutions for global infrastructure and industrial markets. Connect with DFI at decaturfoundry.com.
DFI was recently recognized in the local on-line magazine entitled redecatur.com. Here is the link: http://redecatur.com/local-family-business-has-spirit-of-industry-and-philanthropy/
On October 30th, the Board of Directors and the Leadership Team participated in the Ductile Iron Society Banquet at the Decatur Conference Center. As the host, Terry Young, CEO, gave a presentation on the company”s history.
On October 31st, DFI hosted 72 people from the Ductile Iron Society for a tour and breakfast. We enjoyed hosting this event.