CLEVELAND, OH, January 12, 2015 — Waterlox, a Cleveland-based manufacturer of premium wood finishes, has appointed Conor J. Hawkins as Technical Product Manager. He will be responsible for managing plant production and operations, as well as research and new product development.
Hawkins joins his sister, Kellie Hawkins Schaffner, and father, Jay Hawkins, at the fourth-generation, family-owned company.
Prior to joining Waterlox, Hawkins served as a Process Engineer at PPG Industries. In this role, he managed technology transfer between global regions to ensure the use of best practices and quality manufacturing. He was also involved in the design, training and rollout of a global software package. Earlier in his career, Hawkins served as a chemist in the Automotive OEM Coatings Technical division of PPG. Along with new color development and customer line support, he completed Six Sigma training and redeveloped a formulation practice to achieve better performance and improved coating appearance.
Founded in 1910, Waterlox Coatings Corporation, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium wood finishes, handmade from resin-modified Tung oil.
A fourth-generation, family-owned company, now run by Chief Executive Officer Jay Hawkins, Vice President and Legal Compliance Officer Kellie Hawkins Schaffner, and Technical Product Manager Conor J. Hawkins, Waterlox continues to manufacture products using the finest ingredients, combining Tung oil, resins, mineral spirits and other ingredients to produce a complete wood finish that gives the look and feel of naturally oiled wood. Waterlox products represent the flooring industry’s highest level of quality protection for both interior and exterior wood finishing projects and also supplies tools for application.