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Glunt Industries names new CEO

WARREN TOWNSHIP — Glunt Industries Inc., which refurbishes equipment used in steel and aluminum mills, has named Asaf Salama chief executive officer, the company announced Tuesday.

Salama, who received a Master of Business Administration degree in operations management from the University of Michigan, specializes in lean manufacturing, leadership and product development, according to Glunt.

Salama’s “extensive operational experience and skills in manufacturing will be a great asset to our company while helping us reach new markets,” Ginger Nolen, Glunt’s human resources director, said in a release.

Salama’s Linkedin profile states he became CEO at Glunt in March, coming from United Rotary Brush in Lenexa, Kan. He was president / CEO there from February 2015 to January.

According to its website, the company is the largest North American manufacturer of rotary brooms used for the street sweeping, road maintenance, facilities management and airport runway maintenance.

Salama also was co-owner of Innovative Solar Lighting LLC, a solar-lighting technology consumer-packaged goods startup that developed retractable solar and low-voltage lighting technology with patented technology and designs, his profile states.

He replaces Gary Shells.

Glunt serves steel and aluminum mills and other large manufacturing sectors in North America with equipment repair and refurbishing. It focuses on production and repair of rolling mill products, including casters, crane hoist drums, mandrels, chocks, machining, fabricated products and mill rolls.

The company operates four plants in Trumbull County that total more than 225,000 square feet of production space with more than 80 units of equipment.

Last year, the company sold its four properties — 1819 N. Main St., Weathersfield; 30 and 319 North River Road, Warren Township; and 210 Dana St. NE, Warren — for $10.4 million to Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Store Master Funding XVII, LLC.

Store Master Funding XVII is affiliated with STORE, a real estate investment trust firm that invests in single-tenant operational real estate, including home improvement stores, educational and daycare facilities, and service and distribution facilities.

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