​Wagstaff Announces CEO Transition

Kevin Person announces retirement; Steve Anderson appointed Chief Executive Officer, Jack White promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing - Effective April 1, 2024

Spokane Valley, Washington — March 15, 2024 - Wagstaff Inc.’s Board of Directors has announced that Kevin Person, current Chief Executive Officer will retire effective March 29, 2024. Person has served as the company’s CEO for the past 13 years. Steve Anderson, Wagstaff’s current Vice President of Sales and Marketing will succeed Person in the role. Anderson has been with the company since 1995.

Person’s contributions to Wagstaff and the Spokane area light metal industry
Kevin Person’s name has been synonymous with aluminum production in Spokane for almost a half century. Prior to joining Wagstaff he was with Kaiser Aluminum for 21 years. During his 25 years at Wagstaff, Person has also held the titles of Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Application Engineering Manager. Person’s leadership tenure has included record sales and revenue and significant expansion to Wagstaff’s Spokane campus, all while deftly navigating the serious challenges posed by the 2008-2009 global financial crisis and the COVID pandemic. Person also assisted in expanding the scope of Wagstaff’s business from direct chill casting to the nuclear industry. We sincerely thank Kevin for the years of outstanding leadership, counsel and stewardship and the excellent value he brought to Wagstaff. We wish nothing but the very best for Kevin as he begins his well-deserved retirement.

Anderson begins third decade with Wagstaff as CEO
Having earned degrees from Washington State University in both Electrical Engineering and Business Management, Steve Anderson arrived at Wagstaff in 1995. Anderson has held many engineering positions with Wagstaff across several departments (Research and Development, Automated Services Group, Applications), and honed his management acumen by serving as ASG Engineering Manager, R&D Automation Manager, and Director of Engineering. In 2016 Anderson was promoted to his current role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Steve’s breadth of education and work experience have provided him the opportunity to not only develop his leadership skills, but additionally to see and understand the organization from numerous internal perspectives. We look forward to Steve applying those strengths and abilities to his new role and look forward to continued success for Wagstaff under his leadership.

White continues Wagstaff career with promotion to VP of Sales and Marketing
After serving as Wagstaff’s Applications Engineering manager for the past 16 years and performing a dual role as the Area Sales Manager – Western United States for the past four years, Jack White has accepted the opportunity to become the company’s next Vice President of Sales and Marketing. White, who holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University also has 39 years of experience in the aluminum industry to draw on in his new role.

During Jack’s time with Wagstaff he has travelled literally millions of miles around the globe evaluating countless casting pits with the goal of incorporating Wagstaff casting solutions into those facilities.This deep understanding of our customers and their needs are a resource that will strongly inform the decisions he makes as he leads the Wagstaff Aluminum Sales Group in the coming years.


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Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.

Phone: 509-891-8058

Email: meng.yu@wagstaff.com


Wagstaff Honored as Manufacturer of the Year by AWB

Manufacturer of the Year Award 2023 - CEO - Kevin Person

Seattle, November 17, 2023 – Wagstaff, Inc. proudly announces its recent recognition as the 2023 Manufacturer of the Year by the Association of Washington Business (AWB), presented during AWB's annual Evening of Excellence awards ceremony honoring top Washington employers.
Here is an article by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) acknowledging the awards:  AWB Honors Exceptional Washington Employers

Manufacturer of the Year Award 2023

This esteemed award serves as a testament to Wagstaff's unwavering dedication to advancing manufacturing excellence. Through significant contributions to both the industry and the community, Wagstaff has worked through innovative means to positively shape the future of manufacturing.

Wagstaff's commitment to nurturing the next generation of manufacturing talent has been exceptional as well. For example, the company recently hosted 150 students and teachers in an immersive learning and community engagement experience known as the Wagstaff Business AfterSchool Program. Additionally, Wagstaff's partnership with East Valley High School (located in Spokane Valley, Washington) revitalized both the school's wood and metal shop classroom spaces and programs. The collaboration has provided students with enhanced resources and opportunities to explore the world of manufacturing.

Kevin Person, CEO at Wagstaff, expressed his gratitude for the award to the company’s employees by stating "We appreciate the efforts made by all of you in helping to keep us competitive as a state and a region. We know that continuing to invest in our people and community is the key to any long-term success strategy. We appreciate the work of all of you are doing to make the difference. Let’s find a way to work together to advance manufacturing. We can do more together!”

For further information about Wagstaff, Inc. and its commitment to manufacturing excellence, please visit www.wagstaff.com.


Media Contact:

Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.

Phone: 509-891-8058

Email: meng.yu@wagstaff.com

Wagstaff Named Finalist for AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Spokane Valley, WA - August 7, 2023

Wagstaff, Inc., a leader in the aluminum manufacturing industry, is thrilled to announce its selection as a finalist for the AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards. This recognition is a testament to the company's commitment to innovation, quality, and exceptional manufacturing practices.

"We are truly honored to be selected as a finalist for the AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards," said Wade Larson, Director of Workforce Development at Wagstaff, Inc. "This achievement reflects the hard work, passion, and ingenuity of our entire team. At Wagstaff, we have always believed in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in manufacturing, and this recognition is a testament to that commitment."

Save the Date:

The winners of the AWB Washington Excellence Awards and Manufacturing Excellence Awards will be officially announced at the Evening of Excellence event on November 16, 2023 at 5:00 pm. The event will take place at the magnificent Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

Wagstaff, Inc. extends its heartfelt gratitude to the AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards for this distinguished recognition and looks forward to continuing its mission of setting new benchmarks in manufacturing excellence.

About Wagstaff, Inc.:

Wagstaff, Inc. is a market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Direct Chill Casting Systems to the global aluminum industry. By offering state-of-the-art research and development, engineering, technical and customer support in billet and ingot casting systems, automation and machinery, Wagstaff is in a unique position to be able to tailor technology to fit most any aluminum casthouse application. A family-owned company for over 77 years, Wagstaff is a USA based manufacturer with locations in Spokane, WA and Hebron, KY, and has supplied thousands of custom systems to aluminum producers in 59 countries. For more information, visit www.wagstaff.com.

Media Contact:

Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.

Phone: 509-891-8058

Email: meng.yu@wagstaff.com


Production and Manufacturing Institute (PMI) Celebrates Remarkable Graduation Success in 2023

Spokane Valley, WA - July 31, 2023

The annual Production and Manufacturing Institute (PMI) concluded with a successful graduation ceremony at East Valley High School on July 28. Over the course of three weeks, students participated in an interactive trades immersion experience, engaging with local area manufacturers to gain valuable insights into various trades and explore potential future career paths.

Established in 2019, the Production and Manufacturing Academy (PMA) was specifically designed to offer upperclassmen in high school the opportunity to delve into careers in engineering, welding, machining, design, and more. Since its inception the academy has shown remarkable growth, with this year’s graduates nearly doubling the number of graduates from the previous year. The initiative is led by prominent manufacturing companies such as Wagstaff, Inc., Mackay Manufacturing, Pearson Packaging Systems, and Career Connect Washington, as well as educational institutions. Together, they have united their efforts to develop the next generation of skilled workers.

With the Academy evolving into the Production and Manufacturing Institute (PMI) this year, it signifies the institution's continuous growth and commitment to offering a comprehensive platform for students to explore and excel in the field of production and manufacturing. Throughout the program, the sponsors actively mentor the students in various aspects of the manufacturing world, ranging from business planning to production, sales, and marketing. The manufacturing institute's dedication to fostering a practical understanding of the industry has attracted students from across the Greater Spokane area, just as it did last year.

This year's apprentices have successfully completed the following products, and their sales have directly contributed to supporting the program:

Outdoor Wooden Bench hand-crafted wooden bench.
All Purpose Step-Stool – wooden and durable step-stool.
Collapsible Firepit – a 24” wide firepit that is heat protected up to 1200°F.
Handcrafted Birdhouse – redwood, natural, metal or walnut roofed birdhouse.
Handcrafted Hardwood Chessboard – play chess or checkers on this beautiful oak and walnut board.
Decorative Shelf, Shoe Rack, or Organizer – can be used for many display or storage solutions.
Travel Cribbage Board – handcrafted cribbage board with storage for playing cards and pegs.

Oak & Walnut Cutting Board – coated with a protective coat of mineral oil.
VibraPlanter – display your favorite plant in your backyard or patio with this container.
Wilderness Escape Campfire Firepit – metal pit that’s great for smores, hot dogs and longer-lasting fires.
Edge Grain Butcher Block – prepare vegetables, meats and dough on this cutting block.
Pandora’s Box – a decorative hardwood box with a dice tray lid.
Metallic Outdoor Firepit – a thermochromic treated pit with cutouts for optimal airflow.

At the graduation ceremony, each student group showcased their products and shared their valuable learning experiences. It was commendable to witness every graduate completing the entire training with perfect attendance, resulting in well-deserved recognition through the award of a certificate and a monetary stipend.

For information on the Academy and the Manufacturing Consortium, go to https://www.theproductionacademy.net/.

Gold, Platinum and Anchor Sponsors:
Wagstaff, Inc.
Mackay Manufacturing
Pearson Packaging
Career Connect Washington

Silver Sponsors:
Kaiser Aluminum

Machinists Institute

Collins Aerospace
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

Max Spalding

Optimal Talent Dynamics

Bronze Sponsors:

Advanced Input Systems

Sonderen Packaging

The Krumble Foundation

Community Colleges of Spokane


Copper Sponsors:
Idaho Central Credit Union
Altek Industries

Merkle Standard

Control Freek
Associated Builders & Contractors (Inland Pacific Chapter)
J.A. Sewell & Associates

Media Contact:

Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.
Phone: 509-891-8058
Email: meng.yu@wagstaff.com


$200,000 Grant Awarded to Transform High School Shop for Workforce Development

Spokane Valley, WA - June 2, 2023

Wagstaff, Inc. in collaboration with the East Valley School District and the Inland NW Aerospace Consortium (INWAC), is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in workforce development. The partnership has been awarded a $200,000 grant through the Evergreen Grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. These funds will be used to make vital improvements to East Valley’s High School (EVHS) shop facilities. The renovated facilities will be aligned with industry needs, accelerate progress in workforce development, and enhance the programs and opportunities offered to students.

The partnership between Wagstaff, the East Valley School District, and INWAC is under the expert guidance of the NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 (NEWESD 101), and aims to update the current EVHS shop facilities, provide support to their existing programs, and meet any new and updated industry standards. It should be noted that the existing facilities would not be operating at their current level without the remarkable dedication of East Valley Industrial Arts teacher Bill Close. Close has sustained the East Valley High School shop program, which has positively impacted students for over three decades, by making full use of the space and equipment available. Mr. Close has established a solid foundation for the upcoming transformation.

The shop facility modifications are currently in process and will be completed within a narrow seven week timeframe. To overcome time and budget constraints the same successful recruitment model used for the summer Production and Manufacturing Institute (PMI) (https://www.manufacturinginstitute.net) was implemented. The PMI provides hands-on workshops every summer to high school juniors and seniors in the Spokane area, offering insights into production and manufacturing. To complete the shop renovations, twelve willing and talented area high school students who possess industrial arts experience along with design, building and remodeling skills were recruited and paired with local professionals to finish the renovation project just in time for this summer’s PMI. The students are receiving firsthand work experience along with a stipend for their contributions, and their involvement is the biggest reason that the project could be completed so quickly. A video produced by KHQ TV highlighting the project’s transformation is available at the following location: https://youtu.be/_KL4zCOfSJs.

Please contact Wagstaff for more information on the upcoming completed renovations or the Production and Manufacturing Institute.


Media Contact:

Meng Yu
Wagstaff, Inc.

Phone: 509-891-8058

Email: meng.yu@wagstaff.com


Wagstaff Names Fadi Awadhalla as Area Sales Manager 

SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA March 29, 2023 – Wagstaff, Inc. is proud to announce and welcome Fadi Awadhalla as an Area Sales Manager. Mr. Awadhalla will be collaborating with Wagstaff’s current Area Sales Manager, Mr. Mick O’Grady, in serving the Arabian Peninsula and other select markets. 

Mr. Awadhalla joins Wagstaff after 27 years of aluminum industry service with DUBAL and Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA). He began his career at DUBAL as a Project Engineer in 1995 and served in many roles over the years as his technical expertise, practical experience, leadership and overall professional standing grew in the worldwide aluminum industry. Most recently Fadi served as Vice President, Casthouse for EGA where he was responsible for all aspects of the casthouses, including: 

• Strategic planning in setting production objectives in conjunction with Sales and Marketing. 

• Managing potline metal supply to achieve casthouse production goals. 

• Ensuring cast products met the stringent and complex requirements of EGA’s worldwide customer base. 

• Benchmarking OEMs, equipment, overall processes and material flow to make certain their casthouse products met the highest industry standards. 

• Formulating and reviewing capex projects to guarantee their adherence to overall company strategy. 

In addition to his extensive professional experience, Mr. Awadhalla earned a BA in Mechanical Engineering from UAE University in 1995, an MBA from Wollongong University, Dubai, UAE in 2006, and graduated from the INSEAD Executive Programme in Abu Dhabi/Dubai, UAE in 2013. 

Wagstaff is very pleased that Mr. Awadhalla will be applying his experience and industry knowledge to Wagstaff’s ongoing goal: to provide casting equipment and services that deliver the highest possible value proposition to the global aluminum industry. 



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3910 North Flora Road
Spokane Valley, WA 99216 USA
Phone: 1(509) 922-1404
Fax: 1(509) 924-0241


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