Tri Vantage leadership undergoing change
Gobble to retire, Ellington to lead Glen Raven subsidiary
-- Casual Living, 2/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Harry Gobble, a leader in the performance fabrics industry for more than 30 years, plans to retire as president and general manager of Tri Vantage, the distribution services subsidiary of Glen Raven, Inc.
Steve Ellington, general manager and president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics — Global, will succeed Gobble as president and general manager of Tri Vantage. A 26-year veteran of Glen Raven, Ellington has held numerous positions throughout the organization, including national sales manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics.
Leib Oehmig, general manager and president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics — Americas, has been promoted to Ellington's global position. Oehmig's 19-year career with Glen Raven has included service as manager of Glen Raven's 1 million-sq.-ft. Sunbrella manufacturing center in Anderson, S.C. Reporting to Oehmig will be Eugene Deleplanque, general manager of Dickson-Constant, Glen Raven's French performance fabrics subsidiary, and Hua Li (Wally), general manager of Glen Raven Asia, the company's business center headquartered in China.
"We owe Harry Gobble tremendous gratitude for the masterful job that he did in building our Sunbrella brand and his leadership in the consolidation of Astrup and Boyle into Tri Vantage," said Allen E. Gant, Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc.
The transition in leadership is well underway among Gobble, Ellington and Oehmig, according to Gant.
"I will truly miss Glen Raven customers and associates who I have worked with for many years, but it has always been my goal to retire a few years before the traditional retirement age," said Gobble, an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoors enthusiast. "This is an ideal time for me — personally and professionally — to move into a new phase of my life. I leave Tri Vantage in very capable hands."
Gobble joined Glen Raven in 1978 and has served in a number of management positions, including director of marketing for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. He was instrumental in advertising and marketing strategies that helped to propel Glen Raven's Sunbrella brand into its position of leadership in awning, marine and furniture markets.
When Glen Raven purchased the Astrup Company and John Boyle & Company in May 2007, Gobble was tapped to head the consolidation process, which has included the creation of a new brand identity (Tri Vantage), formation of a management team, consolidation of three branches and the merger of Astrup and Boyle product offerings.
"Harry, Steve and Leib have worked closely together as a team for many years, which gives us great confidence for a smooth transition of responsibilities," Gant said. "We are fortunate at Glen Raven to have this depth of leadership. Each of these seasoned managers has long-standing relationships with our customers."
Glen Raven formed the Tri Vantage subsidiary with goals of increased supply chain efficiency, new products and closer working relationships with customers.
"My mission is to build on the consolidation that Harry and his team have completed and lead Tri Vantage to the next level," Ellington said. "We will bring in additional resources to improve the efficiency of the supply chain, while supporting market growth and consumer demand for the benefit of all of our customers."
Founded in 1880, Glen Raven, Inc. is a global leader in innovative fabric-based solutions. With manufacturing centers in North America, Europe and Asia, Glen Raven products are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. In addition to Tri Vantage and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the company also operates Glen Raven Technical Fabrics which provides performance fabrics for automotive headliners, protective work apparel, the military and other applications. On the web at www.glenraven.com.
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