Ehmke Mfg/High Ground Announces Promotions In Their Leadership Team For 2020

Ehmke Mfg/High Ground Announces Promotions In Their Leadership Team For 2020

Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA.) announces the promotion effective immediately of the following Team Members to help implement new business and sales strategies to lead Ehmke into 2020.

Glenn Aust will assume the role of President of Ehmke. The role was previously vacant after the retirement of Louis Verna, Jr. in 2001. Mr. Aust is responsible for the daily performance of the organization directly managing the engineering, operations, quality and sales groups. He will report to Bob Rosania, CEO & Owner. Mr. Aust joined Ehmke in 2004 as a design engineer and has since risen through the organization assuming roles of greater responsibility; including, Director of Engineering and VP of Engineering. CEO Bob Rosania comments, “Glenn helps solidify our leadership team. Over the last 16 years, just about every critical project or major customer Glenn played an important role. His textile experience and knowledge of our company’s personnel and processes make him the ideal President to lead Ehmke into the 2020’s.” Mr. Aust, who holds a number of LEAN Enterprise certifications, adds, “A banner over our production floor reads ‘OUR TROOPS DESERVE OUR BEST’. My mission is to make sure the company lives up to that promise. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with such an exceptional team here at Ehmke, a leader in the military and commercial textile manufacturing industry where we are able support, design, manufacture and deliver a diverse offering of quality Made in the USA products; especially to our Armed forces.”

Mike Runella is promoted to Executive Vice President, Mr. Runella previously served as Director of Business Development, Tactical Systems. He brings over 13 years of tactical gear experience in nylon and armor to the newly created position. Mr. Runella spent 6 years serving his country at home and abroad in the US. Coast Guard and Federal Government as a member of the Special Operations community earning a number of citations. He holds a BBA and PMBA from the University of Phoenix. CEO Rosania comments on his promotion, “Mike’s work ethic is unmatched developing, designing, promoting and selling High Ground gear. He brings a wealth of practical experience from his service in the Spec-Ops community and industry to ensure our warfighters are receiving the most effective gear to complete their missions. In his new position, he will work with other members of the Leadership Team to plot our pathway forward.” Mr. Runella added, “I am looking forward to 2020 and beyond for not only the High Ground brand but the opportunity with Ehmke Manufacturing in new arenas that we have never engaged in as an organization. We at Ehmke/High Ground have a unique advantage being one of the very few manufactures with a broad range of in-house capabilities ranging from tactical nylon and armor solutions to commercial textiles manufacturing all under the same roof. I’m excited and eager to introduce a number of tactical edge leading High Ground products over the next year.

Daniel Nguyen is promoted to Director of Engineering filling a position previously held by newly named President Glenn Aust. Mr. Nguyen is a graduate of Temple University earning a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. CEO Rosania could not be happier with Mr. Nguyen’s ascension in the company, “Daniel is a true Ehmke success story. Starting as a college engineering intern seven (7) years ago, he has risen in the organization through hard work and sheer determination. He lends a keen design eye that helps sort through many of our challenging design projects”.  Mr. Nguyen is also looking towards the future, “I’m pumped for 2020 at Ehmke because of the new opportunities to learn, grow, and reach higher for our company goals. It’s been a fantastic 7 years and I look forward to helping lead Ehmke for many more”. His previous positions at Ehmke include Design Engineer and Quality Engineer.  He will report to President Glenn Aust.

About Ehmke. Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc, where we MAKE EVERY STITCH COUNT, is one of the very few industrial textile companies left in Philadelphia.  Founded in 1929 by the late Howard Ehmke, former pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics Major League Baseball Team, the company specializes in the design, fabrication and installation of a diverse selection of technical fabric items for the US Military, Defense Contractors, OEMs and industrial customers.  Ehmke serves a diverse customer base that includes soft interiors for major rotorcraft and fixed wind aircraft platforms, tactical gear for US Special Forces, over 8,000 National Stock Number (NSN) parts for the US. Military and workout equipment for the fitness industry. Honors earned by the company include the Boeing Company Performance Excellent Award: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) International Award of Excellence for design and fabrication expertise in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2016, and the 2005 U.S. Small Business Contractor of the Year Award

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