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Scott P. Crafton, President & CEO

Scott Crafton has held the position of Chairman, President, or CEO of CEC for 30 years and has more than 40 years of service at CEC. Mr. Crafton has previously held the positions of Vice President, General Manager and Engineering Manager at CEC prior to his acceptance of the post of President and CEO in 1991. Mr. Crafton is considered one of the world's leading experts in automated aluminum casting processing and is listed as an inventor on 92 of the 107 active U.S. and foreign patents held by CEC. He is also listed as an inventor on numerous pending patent applications. His manufacturing process patents and machinery designs have allowed casting manufacturers to save significant energy and costs.  Mr. Crafton attended Cornell University and Georgia State University studying Engineering and Business respectively.


J. Alan Letson, Chief Financial Officer

Alan joined CEC in 1998, after having served in a similar role at another Atlanta based manufacturing company. He began his career in public accounting in 1980 with KPMG. Alan has extensive experience in construction / manufacturing accounting, international (foreign) subsidiaries, and corporate income taxes. Alan is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia with a BS degree in Industrial Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from Georgia State University.

Shanker Subramaniam, Technical Director

Shanker holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Georgia Tech. He is also a certified Professional Engineer. He has been with CEC since 1995, and has been designing industrial thermal processing equipment for 40 years. He has worked in India and with multiple companies in the US prior to CEC.

Volker R. Knobloch, Sr. VP of Foundry

Volker started his foundry career as an apprentice in a German iron foundry. Later he earned his degree as a Graduated Foundry Engineer. Volker worked with and for several well known foundries and foundry equipment suppliers worldwide. He held managerial positions in Sales and Marketing, in General Contracting and his installations can be found in different places of the world.  In 1996, Volker came to CEC from a Swiss foundry system supplier. He is now responsible for foundry applications worldwide and is also overseeing the general activities in China.  Several presentations and papers have his name. He is listed as an inventor on several of the US and foreign patents held by CEC. He is a member of American and German Foundry and Engineering Associations.

Robert D. Howard, Manager of Oven/Furnace Sales

Robert Howard has over forty years of experience in the design, manufacture, and sales of custom engineered thermal systems. Mr. Howard began his career designing industrial furnaces in 1973 and has served four different furnace and oven companies and has participated in well over 500 major engineered thermal projects. Mr. Howard has patents in heat treating, quenching, and polyalkylene glycol reclamation. Mr. Howard has written a Chapter on aluminum heat treatment in the “Handbook of Aluminum, 2003”, and he has presented several papers for industry publication & seminars. Mr. Howard taught design at community college, and he is a graduate of Emporia State University.