February 22, 2010

Jim Stockhausen joins ELANTAS PDG; John Yodis appointed to newly created Product Line Manager position.

Jim Stockhausen joins ELANTAS PDG, Inc. as Business Development Manager for the E&EM business line; John Yodis appointed to newly created Product Line Manager position.

St. Louis, MO, February 22, 2010. ELANTAS PDG, Inc. (EPDG) is proud to announce that Jim Stockhausen has joined the company as the Business Development Manager for the Electronic & Engineering Materials (E&EM) business line and the appointment of John Yodis to the newly created position of Product Line Manager.

Jim Stockhausen has joined EPDG as the Business Development Manager for the E &EM business line. Previously, Stockhausen worked at Reichhold as a Business M anager for Alkyds, Polyesters, and Urethanes in the Coatings Resins Division located in North Carolina and at Cytec as the Global Marketing Manager in S pringfield, MA. Stockhausen has 20 years of experience in the chemical industry. He h as a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from Washington University.

John Yodis has been appointed to the newly created Product Line Manager position. In this position, Yodis will be responsible for all of the EPDG product lines and will use his knowledge of the products and processes to ensure the product lines are properly organized and positioned for the market place and the customers. Yodis joined EPDG, Inc. in 1995 as Manager of Technical Support for Wire Enamel. He served as the Director of Technology for that product line from 1999 until July 2007 when he assumed the E&EM New Business Development role.

“ELANTAS PDG, Inc is taking the necessary steps to provide the best E&EM product solutions for customers,” said Dr. Susan W. Graham, President and CEO of EPDG. “We are confident that the addition of Jim Stockhausen to our team and leveraging of the strengths of John Yodis in the Product Line Manager position will strengthen our value to our customers.”

ELANTAS PDG, Inc., (formerly The P.D. George Company) founded in 1919 and based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a premier global supplier of specialty resins for applications in the electrical and electronic industries and is a pioneer in the development of Primary and Secondary Insulation as well as Electronic & Engineering Material technologies. ELANTAS PDG has been at their current location in North St. Louis since 1934. In 1996, The P.D. George Company was acquired by ALTANA AG, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Wesel, Germany, and became part of the ALTANA Electrical Insulation Division. In May 2007, the division was renamed to ELANTAS Electrical Insulation and the St. Louis site became known as ELANTAS PDG, Inc.

ELANTAS Electrical Insulation produces insulating materials for the electrical and electronics industry. They are found in electric motors, household appliances, cars, generators, transformers, capacitors, wind mills, computers, lamps, circuit boards and sensors, and help to ensure that design engineers can construct ever-smaller and more powerful electronic devices, thus saving materials and energy. Owing to consistent research and development, continual development of insulating materials and processes, and the fact that ELANTAS has production facilities around the world, the company has established a leading international position for itself and is the world's leading manufacturer of wire enamels and impregnating resins. This makes the division the preferred supplier for the electrical insulation industry and the main supplier to large international customers.
The division serves the markets through three business lines: "Primary Insulation" supplies the enameled wire industry; "Secondary Insulation" supplies applications in which the enameled wire winding is insulated and stabilized mechanically, and "Electronic & Engineering Materials" mainly supplies applications that embed or completely encapsulate electrical components. The division, which is managed by a holding company headquartered in Wesel/Germany, has nine independent manufacturing companies in all major regions worldwide. In 2009, ELANTAS employed a total workforce of 886 people and achieved sales of €273 million.