March 2, 2010

Rene Castanos Joins ELANTAS PDG, Inc. as an Area Sales Manager

St. Louis, MO, March 2, 2010. ELANTAS PDG, Inc. (EPDG) is proud to announce Rene Castanos has joined the company as an Area Sales Manager. Castanos will be responsible for a portion of Mexico and a small US based territory.

Castanos brings a depth of knowledge and adds significant experience to the EPDG sales team. Prior to joining EPDG, Castanos spent 12 years in the Electrical Insulation industry as a regional manager serving the Southwest US, Mexico, Central and South America. He has an MBA in Global Management from The University of Phoenix, a BBA in Production Operations Management, and coursework in Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.

“The addition of Rene is another example of EPDG’s dedication to support the needs of a growing region,” said Carla Russo, Sales and Marketing Director of EPDG. “We are confident that Rene will be a tremendous resource for our customers and will help them maximize the use of our products.”

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.