Business Briefs: Carlson new president at Southwire

From Staff Reports
business@newnan.com
Cowetan Jack Carlson has been named president of North American business for Southwire in Carrollton.
In his new role, Carlson will be leading all the company’s sales and marketing and product development efforts in North America. He will manage Southwire’s Electrical, Energy, and OEM divisions, as well as its newly created Industrial Division and thriving Canadian wire and cable business. As Southwire is seeking to synergize its marketing and product development strategies, Carlson will also direct the company’s research and development efforts.
“Jack has been the driver behind the tremendous growth in our electrical business and the division’s recovery from the housing crash several years ago,” said Southwire President and CEO Stu Thorn. “As we continue to expand into new products, markets and geographies, we have a chance to bring our unique blend of technology and culture to new customers. Jack’s vision and knowledge of our markets are key to us making the most of that opportunity.”
A 30-year veteran of the electrical industry, Carlson joined Southwire in 2001 as president of the Electrical Division. The South Jersey native attended the U.S. Naval Academy and Drexel University and earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the College of New Jersey. He also attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

“This excited new opportunity allows me to build my knowledge about different segments of the wire and cable industry,” said Carlson. “The focus will continue to be on providing the best-quality, lowest-cost products available, while applying our innovative spirit to differentiate those products by making them a more critical part of the end-users’ success.”

Carlson’s promotion will pass the role of Electrical Division president to Norman Adkins. Adkins, who most recently served as senior vice president of electrical distribution and retail sales for Southwire’s Electrical Division, joined the company in 1998 as director of international sales in the Energy Division. He has held a number of management positions, including president of Southwire’s OEM Division, which markets wire and cable to other manufacturers who use it in their products.

Southwire Company, headquartered in Carrollton, is North America’s largest wire and cable producer.

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Cummins one of Georgia’s ‘Legal Elite’

Newnan attorney D. Scott Cummins was recently named one of 2012’s Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine.

Cummins, of law firm Stemberger and Cummins PC, was recognized in the criminal law category.

This is the 10th year for the list of the state’s top attorneys, who are recognized by their peers. The magazine mails ballots to several thousand attorneys around the state. Ballots were also available on the magazine’s website.

Cummins, a Kansas native, received his BA from Emory University in 1982 and his law degree from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1985. In addition to his work in private practice, Cummins has served as a city court judge in Luthersville, Senoia, Franklin and Whitesburg, as assistant solicitor in Coweta and as solicitor in Tyrone.

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Meiring joins Southwire

Southwire, North America’s largest wire and cable producer, has added Hans Meiring, a Coweta resident, to its leadership as president of international and operational development.

A 40-year veteran of the wire and cable industry, Meiring brings global best practices in manufacturing technology and is helping expand the company’s reach into its international markets.

Formerly CEO of Oman Cables in Oman, Meiring worked for 27 years with Aberdare Cables, helping establish the company’s first fiber optic cable plant in South Africa. Early in his career he served as project engineer on South Africa’s first telecommunications plant.

With a background in engineering, Meiring earned a master’s in business administration from Buckingham International Business School in the United Kingdom.


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