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Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing board appoints new officers

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The CEO of Sequa Corp. has been named chairman of board at Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a collaborative research center that is building a 60,000-square-foot facility in Prince George County.

Armand F. Lauzon Jr. ,  Sequa’s CEO, is one of four officers on the CCAM board of directors appointed last week during its annual meeting in Richmond. Sequa, based in Tampa,. Fla.,  is a global, diversified manufacturer serving the aerospace, metal coating and automotive industries. Its largest business unit, Chromalloy, is a CCAM organizing member.

Other board officers include:

• Johan P. Israelsson, vice chairman. He is president, Market Area Americas, for Sandvik Coromant. The company, based in Sweden, is a major supplier of tools and tooling solutions to the metal-cutting industry.
• Ron Briggs, treasurer. Briggs is senior vice president, administration group, for Newport News-based Canon Virginia, which produces products for photography and printing. It also serves as a factory repair and refurbish center for Canon cameras, video recorders and office products.
• Keith Williamson, secretary. He is dean of the School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology at Virginia State University. Williamson’s research at VSU spans a range of topics involving materials and thermal sciences.

Sandvik Coromant, Canon Virginia and VSU also are organizing members of CCAM. Its other member companies include Newport News Shipbuilding; Rolls Royce; Siemens; Sulzer Metco and Aerojet. In addition to VSU, the participating universities are the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

CCAM brings together industry and university researchers to surface engineering and manufacturing systems.

Its facility, now under construction in Prince George County, will house computational and large-scale production labs, as well as open production space for heavy equipment and surface coating processes. It is scheduled to open in September.

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