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Nashville leadership reorganizes to support growth

As a two year effort to expand Paulo Nashville comes to a close, the leadership team has reorganized to prepare for the future.

Tom Gundic has been promoted to Plant Manager for the Nashville plant. Tom has been with Paulo for nearly 13 years. For the past year he has served as the Operations Manager for the Nashville plant. Prior to this, Tom spent twelve years at the Cleveland plant continually progressing through many roles from Supervisor to plant leadership. Tom will continue to advance plant technology necessary to support our continuing growth, exceed customer expectations, and build a strong plant leadership team.

Tom Gundic
Tom Gundic, Nashville Plant Manager

In building the new leadership team at Nashville, Nick Rassieur has accepted the position of Production Manager. Nick was most recently in an operations support role and had taken on plant specific projects. Continuing the development and training of Nick, Rick Loudermilk will provide guidance and mentoring. Nick’s role will be crucial in leveraging Paulo’s proprietary information systems while meeting customer requirements with urgency.

Nick Rassieur
Nick Rassieur, Nashville Production Manager

Rick Loudermilk is assuming a newly-created position as Process Improvement Manager.  In this role he will support operational activities by working with Randall Richard, Training Manager, to enhance heat treating training and provide job specific training. Additionally, Rick will assist with new program development and account management, getting Dustin Lawhon up to speed.  Rick has been with Paulo for 36 years in progressive leadership positions.  He has been instrumental in the plant’s success over the years and has built strong customer relationships.  Most recently he guided a multi-year plant expansion that firmly positions the plant as a market leader.

Rick Loudermilk
Rick Loudermilk, Process Improvement Manager

Ben Crawford, Vice President Operations, commented, “Each of these leaders has strongly contributed to the restructuring and growth of our Nashville plant. In each of their previous roles, they have exemplified what it means to help our customers succeed. We are excited about this journey forward for each of them, tapping their individual skills and expertise, and look forward to how they will continue to contribute to the operations team and Paulo in the future. But most importantly, we are proud that Paulo continues to develop high performing leaders ready for the next challenge in their career.”

Founded in 1943, Paulo is one of the largest providers of heat treating, brazing, and metal finishing solutions in North America. Headquartered in St. Louis, Paulo operates six divisions servicing the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States and northern Mexico.