Industry Veteran Jon Cohen Joins George Industries as President

August 17, 2018 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ENDICOTT, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–George Industries LLC (“George”), a leading manufacturer of engineered aerospace, defense and industrial components and a portfolio company of Orangewood Partners (“Orangewood”), today announced it has named Jon Cohen, an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience across the aerospace, defense and industrial sectors, as President. In this new role, Mr. Cohen will be responsible for all operations, including manufacturing sites in Endicott, NY and Wheeling, IL, and finance.

Shankar Kiru, George’s Chief Executive Officer, will focus on leading strategy, business development and external partnership relationships to accelerate both organic and acquisition growth.

Mr. Kiru said, “I’m delighted to be working with Jon and couldn’t be more excited about what we can accomplish together. Jon brings significant operational expertise, a proven track record of building businesses and will help us further improve our execution to continue to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers.”

Mr. Cohen added, “I am a product of this industry and passionate about what we are doing at George Industries, serving a blue chip customer base. I am excited about the company’s potential and look forward to continuing to develop our team and accelerate our growth.”

Alan Goldfarb, Founder and Managing Partner of Orangewood and Director of George Industries, said, “I’ve known and worked with both Shankar and Jon for over a decade, and I’m confident their complementary strengths will make a tremendous impact as we work to grow our enterprise further.”

Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has held senior leadership and operational roles across several large companies, including Lockheed Martin, and several private equity-owned and operated companies including businesses recently owned by The Carlyle Group.

George Industries is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and testing of mission critical engineered components for the aerospace, defense, transportation and industrial sectors. Core manufacturing capabilities include dip brazing, vacuum brazing, CNC machining, fabricating, welding, painting, artwork, photography, silk screening, chem film, laser cutting and mechanical assembly. George Industries was founded in 1954 and proudly remains headquartered in Endicott, NY. George Industries also owns Numerical Precision, based in Wheeling, IL, highly respected over fifty years, with manufacturing close-tolerance, high-reliability components for satellites, aircraft and defense programs. Core engineering and machining capabilities include extreme tolerance, complex geometry and exotic material machining, EDM and assembly. For more information, please visit www.georgeindustries.com

Orangewood Partners (“Orangewood”) is a New York-based private investment firm that pursues a long-term approach and invests in companies with great management teams and sustainable growth characteristics. The firm seeks to partner with businesses in the consumer, services and industrial sectors and helps provide them the additional capital, resources, and operational capabilities to accelerate performance. Orangewood makes equity and credit investments in both public and private companies.

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