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Paulo is excited to announce changes within the Cleveland Plant leadership. Both promotions are internal; developing leaders from within is a focus of our Human Resource team. Andy Muto has been promoted from Production manager to Operations Manager, and Keith Blackford has been promoted to 1st Shift Manager from 3rd Shift Manager.
Andy is replacing Tom Buckeye, who is retiring in Spring 2019.  Andy has a BSBA in Operations Management from The Ohio State University and worked in logistics prior to joining Paulo in 2014. He began as an Area Manager, and was promoted to Production Manager in January 2017. Andy is a 2018 Graduate of the Metal Treating Institute YES Program.

Plant Manager Bob Muto commented, “Andy’s interpersonal skills have been beneficial both in helping to develop the Cleveland Team and in building stronger relationships with our customers. He has been instrumental in training Team Members and improving information flow down.”
Andy added, “I’m excited for the opportunity. This allows me to be at the forefront of driving us to continually progress and improve as a team. I will strive to increase the value we add for our customers and for Paulo as a whole.”
Keith Blackford joined Paulo in 2008 as a 3rd Shift Supervisor in the Vacuum Department. Keith was promoted to Off Shift Manager on 3rd Shift in February 2017.  In his new role as Shift Manager on 1st  Shift he will be responsible for the Vacuum Department, which consists of over 30 Vacuum Furnaces, and the Thermocouple Wire Department.

Andy Muto commented, “There are specific adversities and challenges that one can face during the overnight shifts. One must be self-sufficient and accountable to be effective at the role. Keith has proven himself here and thus he has proven himself to be a great fit for the 1st Shift Manager role. We are looking forward to this transition with great excitement as we know Keith is as well.”
Founded in 1943, Paulo is one of the largest providers of thermal processing and metal finishing solutions in North America. Headquartered in St. Louis, Paulo operates six divisions servicing the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Southeast regions of the United States and northern Mexico.

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