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Michael Homa, who had a long career with Tamaqua Cable Products/Draka Cableteq, died Nov. 11, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Homa’s 35-year career saw him work for Draka Cableteq in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, formerly Tamaqua Cable Products, which was owned by two generations of the Combs family prior to its sale. He was vice president of manufacturing at Tamaqua Cable when the company was acquired by Draka in 1997. He retired in 2005.

Homa, a 1998 recipient of the WCMA Distinguished Career Award, retired in 2005. He was a member of the Columbia Hose Company for 60 years, a member of the Six County Firemen’s Association for 50 years, a lifetime member of the Schuylkill County Historical Fire Society, a member of the Saint Clair Fish and Game Association and a former president of the Schuylkill County Society for Crippled Children. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; daughter Heather; and son Michael.

Last modified on January 6, 2021

IEWC has promoted Pat Rislov to chief supply chain officer, with the company’s quality, business intelligence and marketing teams now also part of his oversight, joining sourcing, materials management, and logistics. He joined IEWC in 2018 as vice president of supply chain. He has more than 25 years of experience in the retail space with organizations including Kohl’s Department Stores and Steinhafels Furniture, where he earned progressive leadership roles specializing in inventory management, e-commerce operations, logistics and supply chain management. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will continue to report directly to company CEO Mike Veum. Based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA, IEWC supplies comprehensive wire, cable and wire management solutions.

Last modified on January 5, 2021

Genuine Cable Group (GCG) recently named Marc Abbagnaro as chief commercial officer. He will lead the commercial efforts across all GCG targeted business segments, including the telecom/broadband, factory automation, marine, building automation, assembly and infrastructure segments. He most recently worked for Anixter International, where he was senior vice president of sales for Anixter’s Electrical and Electronic Solutions division. Over 10 years, he held sales leadership roles in the U.S. as well as global sales positions covering the Americas and China. Owned by Auda Group, a private equity firm, Genuine Cable Group is a value-added distributor of wire, cable and related products to a variety of niche markets. 

Last modified on January 4, 2021

Richard T. Wagner has been promoted to senior vice president and COO of Insteel Industries, Inc. He joined the company in 1992 and most recently served as vice president and general manager of the concrete reinforcing products business unit of its subsidiary, Insteel Wire Products Company, from 1998 to October 2020. From 1977 to 1992, he served in various positions with Florida Wire and Cable, Inc., a manufacturer of PC strand and galvanized strand products that was later acquired by Insteel in 2000. In 2007, he was appointed vice president of Insteel Industries. He also served as WAI president in 2018. Based in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Insteel Industries is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. 

Last modified on January 4, 2021

John “Jack” Carlson has been named Chief Commercial Officer of CommScope. He will be tasked with the development and growth of CommScope’s sales and marketing operations, executing on the company’s growth strategy. He most recently worked for Sullair, a global industrial air compressor manufacturer (a Hitachi Group Company), where he served as president and CEO and board chairman of the China-based IHI-Sullair joint venture. Before that, he held various leadership positions at Southwire Company, including president of North America, and served as sector CEO of Yale Security Group, and vice president of sales and marketing for Schneider Electric’s North American business. Based in Hickory, North Carolina, CommScope is a global supplier in connectivity solutions for communications networks.

UPCAST OY has promoted Janne Hosio to sales director, responsible for all the global sales and marketing activities and customer relationships of the company. He joined the company in 2001 as a project engineer, specialized in electrics and programming. Over the years, his role expanded, and he was given more responsibility for the sales of new casting lines. He was named sales manager in 2008. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences. Based in Pori, Finland, UPCAST OY is the original developer of upward upcasting technology.


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