Yorkville, Illinois-based printable fabrics manufacturer Aurora Specialty Textiles Group announces additions to the company’s senior management and sales staff. ASTG recently invested in a new, state-of-the-art 124,000-square-foot U.S. manufacturing textile plant and the new hires reflect the company’s expansion as it adds new capabilities, including ultra-wide width coating and finishing, and enters new markets.
John Schuster, a former business unit director for GMT, has been named director of plant operations. In this capacity, Schuster will have responsibility for manufacturing, shipping and receiving, purchasing, inventory control, maintenance and plant engineering. He holds a bachelor’s of science in materials and ceramics engineering from Iowa University and a Six Sigma black belt. In addition, Schuster is a student of the Toyota Production System and Management Principles of Operations Excellence Program.
Eric Lahoy has been hired as print media, Western region sales representative. Lahoy brings 15 years of wide-format digital print industry experience, specializing in inks, coatings, as well as selling a broad range of printable media. He holds an associate degree in electronics engineering technology from DeVry University and will be responsible for expanding Aurora’s position in the wide- and grand-format markets in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Washington.