O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - 44
Four Key Employees Assume
New Roles at Eberl Iron Works
Promotions Create Growth Opportunities for Company and Employees Alike
EBERL IRON WORKS IS drawing on the expertise
of both veterans and relative newcomers as it
realigns responsibilities to better accommodate
current and future customer needs. Co-owners
John C. Eberl, chief executive officer, and Nora
E. Eberl, chief financial officer, have announced
four promotions: Thomas A. Huber Sr. to facilities engineer, a new position; Paul C. Brydalski
to plant foreman; Mitchell A. Wojda to customer
service supervisor; and Robert P. Kaznica Jr. to
customer service representative.
Huber, Brydalski and Wojda report to Gregory
N. Jones, operations manager; Kaznica reports
Tom Huber is one of Eberl's valued veterans, with a tenure approaching 36 years.
In addition to maintaining all equipment, he
also assumes the role of safety manager. The
former plant supervisor graduated from East
Senior High School in West Seneca, where he
studied metals shop, woods shop and welding.
The need to add the facilities engineer position emerged as the company continues to
increase capacity and expand its capabilities.
Paul Brydalski, who joined Eberl in May
1989, earned a degree in building trades from
Potter Career & Technical Center. He oversees EIW's two sites: the original facility and
the former Buffalo Metal Forming, which was
acquired in 2014.
Mitch Wojda holds a degree in management
information systems from Canisius College.
Hired in 2012 as a customer service representative, he now leads the department.
Bobby Kaznica, who joined EIW in 2014 as a
machine assistant, has a degree in energy utility technology from Erie Community College.
Along with customer service responsibilities,
he will also assist with estimating.
Company leaders have long believed in cultivating and promoting talent from within. "We
really invest in our people," Nora Eberl said.
"We work hard to find out what they're good at
and passionate about, and then do everything
we can to help them succeed."
The promotions represent "a combination of veterans and new employees," she
explains. Greg Jones concurs. "For newer
employees, growth represents opportunities for them as well as for the company,"
he said. "We're looking for people who have
ideas, and if they want to grow, we want them
John Eberl and Nora Eberl cite two factors prompting the promotions: Business is
accelerating overall. And new opportunities
are arising from additional space and equipment acquired in the Buffalo Metal Forming
acquisition. EIW's welding and assembly
operations and Rooftop Support Systems
Division manufacturing expanded into that
second site last year.
About Eberl Iron Works
Established in 1923, Eberl Iron Works is
a family-owned company that serves markets across the Northeast. In addition to
rooftop support systems, its manufacturing
and distribution businesses include custom metal fabrication, Unistrut metal framing products, traffic safety products and
Remembering Super Volunteer Sue Minter
the loss of
Sue Minter, 68, of Imagine Ironworks/B&O
Machine & Welding, who passed January 11.
The wife of James Minter Jr., Sue was a hardworking volunteer at METALfab events and
served as hostess for the spouse program for
four years. She will always be remembered for
the painting class that she and Maxine Minter
organized, which was always a big hit at the
conference. In addition, she and her husband
James were enthusiastic participants of the
Buddy System and did a fantastic job of making new attendees feel welcome.
THE NOMMA FAMILY GRIEVES
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In addition to helping with the family business, Sue had a long and interesting career
that covered teaching, banking, and journalism. She was a writer as well, and published
a book. In her free time, her great passion
was the arts, and she was founder and president of the Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild.
She had a long history of performing with
the Brookhaven Little Theatre and was also
involved in many community nonprofit groups.
Among the survivors are her husband,
James Minter Jr., son Walker, and motherin-law Maxine Minter. Funeral services
were held on a
Sunday at the
of the Redeemer in
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to
Trust, the Episcopal
Church of the Redeemer, the Willing Hearts
Circle, or the International Order of King's
Daughters and Sons.