The Indiana Manufacturers Association has named executive committee leaders and board of directors members for 2015. They include Chairman of the Board Jim Tuerk, who is chief executive officer and chairman Indianapolis-based Aero Industries Inc. February 3, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) recently elected the organization's 2015 Executive Committee, announcing Jim Tuerk as its 2015 Chairman of the Board.

Formed in 1901, the Indiana Manufacturers Association is the second oldest manufacturers association in the country and the only trade association in Indiana that exclusively focuses on manufacturing. The Indiana Manufacturers Association, representing more than 1,400 companies, is dedicated to advocating for a business climate that creates, protects and promotes quality manufacturing jobs in Indiana.

Jim Tuerk is CEO and Chairman of Aero Industries, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. After receiving his B.A. in business from Michigan State University, Jim entered the family business of manufacturing and distribution of equipment for the heavy-duty trucking industry. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Jim is involved in various for-profit and non-profit organizations. Jim has served on boards of several privately held companies in Central Indiana.

In addition to business interests, Jim is involved in the community as a member of the Region 5 Works Council and a long-time board member of the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. Jim is a member of the World Presidents Association, The Alliance, the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, National Trailer Dealers Association and the National Truck Equipment Association. Aero has been a member of the Indiana Manufacturers Association since 1957, and Jim joined the Board of Directors in 2006.

The 2015 IMA Executive Committee includes:

Chair: Jim Tuerk, Aero Industries Inc., Indianapolis

First Vice Chair: Bill Gartland, Atlas Foundry, Marion

Other Committee Members:

Jody Fledderman, Batesville Tool & Die Inc., Batesville

Robert E. Kersey, American Lawn Mower Company, Muncie

Gary Lehman, Oerlikon Fairfield, Lafayette

Tom Merrell, Industrial Dielectrics, Noblesville

Past Chair: Dick Giromini, Wabash National Corporation, Lafayette

Through 6/30/2015 – President, CEO & Treasurer: Patrick J. Kiely, IMA Staff, Indianapolis, Indiana

Beginning 7/1/2015 – President, CEO & Treasurer: Brian Burton, IMA Staff, Indianapolis, Indiana

Following are the 2015 IMA Board of Directors members:

Kevin Ahaus – Ahaus Tool & Engineering – Richmond

Alexander Alford – Alcoa, Inc. – Warrick Operations – Newburgh

Clay Barnes – Materials Processing, Inc. – Indianapolis

Melody Birmingham-Byrd – Duke Energy Corporation – Plainfield

Scott Brand – Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. – Lafayette

Wendell Carter – ArcelorMittal, USA, Inc. – East Chicago

Ron Dickerson – Nucor Steel – Crawfordsville

Jeff Duell – GE Aviation – Terre Haute – Terre Haute

Ray Fiechter – Universal Blower Pac – Noblesville

Jody Fledderman – Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. – Batesville

Bill Gartland – Atlas Foundry Company, Inc. – Marion

Dick Giromini – Wabash National Corporation – Lafayette

Richard Hamm – Paul Casket Company Inc. – Cambridge City

John Hiler – Hiler Industries – LaPorte

John Kahle – Kimball Electronics, Inc. – Jasper

Robert Kersey – American Lawn Mower Company – Muncie

Greg Kincer – Kimball International, Inc. – Jasper

Neil Krevda – Verizon Communications – Indianapolis

Gary Lehman – Oerlikon Fairfield – Lafayette

Joe Lestingi – Crossroads Farms Dairy – Indianapolis

Marc Lewis – Indiana Michigan Power – Fort Wayne

John Linville – Batesville Casket – Batesville

Greg Loving – Rochester Metal Products Corp. – Rochester

Mike Lunsford – Dart Controls Inc. – Zionsville

Christopher Masciantonio – U.S. Steel Corporation – Pittsburgh

Leonard McFarling – McFarling Foods Inc. – Indianapolis

Tom Merrell – Industrial Dielectrics, Inc. – Noblesville

Gary Morris – Clabber Girl Corporation – Terre Haute

Kelly Orr – Caterpillar Inc. – Lafayette

Steven Overton – Overton & Sons Tool & Die Co., Inc. – Mooresville

Fred Payne – Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC – Greensburg

Paul Perkins – Amatrol, Inc. – Jeffersonville

Norman Pfau – Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co., Inc. – Jeffersonville

Richard Pfeil – Koontz-Wagner Holdings, LLC – South Bend

Jeremy Pfister – Fort Wayne Metals Research Products – Fort Wayne

Scott Pflughoeft – Ashley Industrial Molding, Inc. – Ashley

John Philippsen – The Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. – Wabash

Dan Potje – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana – Princeton

Lowell Puls – Chautauqua Inc. – Auburn

Jason Rager – Cook Group, Inc. – Bloomington

Michael Roeder – Vectren Corporation – Evansville

Barry Schneider – Steel Dynamics/Engineered Bar Products – Pittsboro

Frank Shambo – Northern Indiana Public Service Co. – Indianapolis

Matt Smorch – CountryMark – Indianapolis

Jim Tuerk – Aero Industries, Incorporated – Indianapolis

Rick Weber – Batesville Products, Inc. – Lawrenceburg

David Wunderlin – StemWood – New Albany

Edward Zoeller – E. M. Cummings Veneer, Inc. – New Albany

Source: The Indiana Manufacturers Association

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