ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL – LA-CO Industries, Inc./Markal Company, a leader in specialty plumbing and HVAC chemicals for more than 75 years, recently welcomed George Bowman as the company’s new president, according to Dan Kleiman, chief executive officer, LA-CO/Markal. Bowman joined LA-CO after the retirement of recent president John Hardin.
In his new role, Bowman will help redefine LA-CO’s future business plans to ensure the company’s growth and success in 2012 and beyond. His responsibilities include collaborating with customers to develop product innovations, building relationships between LA-CO’s product engineers, customers and suppliers, and providing strong leadership to all employees at LA-CO/Markal.
"George is a proven leader in business, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to LA-CO/Markal," noted Kleiman. “While John’s retirement is bittersweet for our team, George’s extensive experience coupled with his enthusiasm for the industry makes him the perfect fit for this role, and we believe that he’ll help steer the company into a future of continued growth and success.”
Bowman brings with him an extensive amount of leadership and business experience. Prior to joining LA-CO/Markal, Bowman most recently served as Vice President of construction products for Miller Electric in Chicago, Ill. Bowman also worked as President of Enerpac at Actuant Corporation and at General Electric Industrial Systems for 11 years in various sales, engineering and business leadership roles.
Bowman received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his numerous accomplishments in business, Bowman is also a member of the American Welding Society and highly involved in various community service initiatives, including serving on the board of advisors for the Teen Challenge of Milwaukee and volunteering with the United Way.
LA-CO Industries is a diversified manufacturer of the Markal brand of industrial marking products, the LA-CO brand of plumbing chemicals and supplies, and the All-Weather brand of animal health marking products. Since 1934, LA-CO has manufactured the finest industrial marking and plumbing products.