January 13, 2016, Toronto: The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (“GLK” or the “Company” TSX-V:GLK, OTC PINK:GLKIF, FWB:8GL) today announces the appointment of Thomas F. Ukolowicz as a Director of the Company.
Tom Ukolowicz is well known and respected in the world of corrosion-resistant process equipment, with an industry career spanning for over four decades. Most recently, Tom served as VP of Sales and Marketing for TITAN Metal Fabricators, one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of tantalum and reactive metals. He began designing and selling heat exchangers and process equipment, and gained tremendous experience in the realm of reactive metals while Product Manager with the Pfaudler Corporation in Rochester, New York. Tom subsequently became an expert in graphite heat exchangers as Marketing and Sales manager for the Heat Exchanger Division at Carborundum, then a division of British Petroleum.
In 1992, Tom joined Cosmos Minerals Corporation as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and relocated to California. Over the next several years, Tom spearheaded a four-fold increase in annual revenue surging into the tens of millions of dollars. Following Cosmos’ merger with Astro Metallurgical forming AstroCosmos, sales nearly doubled prior the company’s acquisition by France’s Group Carbone Loraine in 1998.
Following the purchase of AstroCosmos, Tom was recruited to the growing ranks at TITAN Metal Fabricators to head of Sales & Marketing. During the following years, TITAN grew and developed into a global leader in fabrication of corrosion-resistant process equipment, serving the chemical, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, geothermal, nuclear and solar power, mining and metal finishing/plating industries. TITAN’s industry prominence lies in its exceptional engineering and fabrication of reactive metals, vast experience, proven capabilities and personalized customer service.
CEO Paul Gorman said, “We are very pleased to welcome Tom Ukolowicz to our Board of Directors. Tom brings a wealth of experience in areas that are key to our rapidly developing enterprise. Tom also represents a group of investors that were the majority participants in our most recent financing. It is important to note that Tom has a proven track record of building highly successful businesses. His background in manufacturing, sales and marketing and working with others to create multiple, large commercial enterprises are invaluable to Great Lakes Graphite at this particular time.”
About Great Lakes Graphite: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. is an industrial minerals company focussed on bringing value-added carbon products to a well-defined market.
The Company’s Innovation Division has entered into long-term agreements for use of the Matheson Micronization Facility and for supply of high quality natural graphite concentrate (see news release dated 03/23/15) which are positioning Great Lakes Graphite to become an emerging domestic manufacturer and supplier of micronized products to a growing regional customer base where pricing and demand continue to rise.
Further information regarding Great Lakes can be found on the Company’s website at: www.GreatLakesGraphite.com.
Great Lakes Graphite trades with symbol GLK on the TSX Venture Exchange and currently has 101,227,645 shares outstanding (140,654,238 fully diluted).
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