De Gadsden, Senior Accountant/ Purchasing
De Gadsden joined Galvan Industries seven years ago, bringing a decade of successful experience and a strong educational background to Galvan’s accounting team. Prior to joining Galvan in 2013, De held accounting positions at Diamond Springs Water, Stabilus, Inc. and Goodwill Industries, all in the Charlotte area. He has both a B.S. and an M.B.A. in Business Administration.
Ben Kelly, Galvanizing Sales Manager
Ben Kelly joined Galvan Industries, Inc. as Galvanizing Sales Manager in 2014 to further support and develop the company’s growing list of customers in the steel fabrication, construction and manufacturing industries. Ben came to the job with extensive experience, having spent more than 10 years in top sales positions in the steel industry with Harris Rebar and Gerdau Ameristeel. He also has experience in steel and concrete construction as a structural engineer.
Stephanie Klicpera, Hot-Dip Customer Service
When one of Galvan’s hot-dip galvanizing customers needs to place an order, make a change or follow up on a job, they often contact customer service rep Stephanie Klicpera. Stephanie works with a growing list of steel fabricators, construction and manufacturing companies to ensure they receive the highest level of service in order processing, shipping, invoicing and customer relations.
Harshad Londhe, Plant Manager
Harshad Londhe, the plant manager for Galvan Industries, has led the company’s hot dip galvanizing and electrical products manufacturing efforts since 2009. He is responsible for all manufacturing operations, from zinc galvanizing for steel fabrications to the production of ground rods for the electrical products group. A mechanical engineer by education, Harshad is a Six Sigma Green Belt and an expert in Lean Manufacturing.
Ray Yow, General Foreman
Ray Yow, the general foreman for Galvan Industries, is one of the company’s longest-serving employees. He has been with the company since 1988. As general foreman, Ray is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the plant, including quality control, receiving and shipping, production scheduling and day-to-day operations. Planning and implementing the production schedule is a major part of the job.
Theron Aldridge, Outbound Shipping
During the past 30 years, Theron Aldridge he’s had numerous jobs in the plant at Galvan. He knows the operation inside and out, which is helpful in his current position. As Galvan’s outbound shipping coordinator, Theron is responsible for coordinating, loading and scheduling all finished goods deliveries. He verifies the accuracy of finished goods being shipped to each location. If there are any discrepancies, he works to resolve them before they leave the plant.
Don Smith, Quality Assurance
Don Smith has covered a lot of ground, first in the Marine Corps and then 14 years of driving trucks. When he started at Galvan three years ago, it was again as a driver. Today, Don is in charge of Quality Assurance, inspecting up to 320,000 pounds per day of galvanized steel.
Don inspects finished galvanized material to ensure it meets customers expectations and industry standards before it leaves the facility. Every morning begins with inspection of work completed during the second shift the night before.