Remanufacturing leaders filled the University Gallery at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 9 to celebrate three outstanding remanufacturers and their work. With more than 150 people in attendance, three winners were announced, one in each category, based on RIC’s mission to Advocate, Collaborate and Educate on behalf of the remanufacturing industry.
Don Bigler, chairman of the board, BBB Industries, LLC (BBB), is a long-standing advocate for remanufacturing. Bigler founded BBB more than 30 years ago and has since grown the company to become a leader in the remanufacturing of starters, alternators, hydraulic and air disc brake calipers, power steering products and turbochargers for the OEM, personal and commercial vehicle aftermarket industries. With more than 30 years in the industry, Bigler’s impact on the automotive sector can be attributed to BBB’s development of a process-driven remanufacturing process and the company’s commitment to the principles of continuous quality improvement and sustainability.
Jena Holtberg-Benge, general manager, John Deere Reman, provides strategic direction and leadership for the global remanufacturing business within Deere, including the responsibility and oversight of facilities in Springfield and Strafford, Missouri; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and distribution globally. Holtberg-Benge is the RIC board secretary. With her strong leadership, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit, she took on the chairmanship of the first-ever Remanufacturing Association Alliance (RAA). Along with the RAA, she has played a vital role in the success of global Reman Day.
Bill Davies, founder and vice president, Davies Office, is a nationally recognized leader in green remanufacturing and an expert in sustainable office furniture solutions. He has not only made Davies a pioneer and leader in its field, but he has also expanded opportunities for organizations industry-wide. As a long-standing member of the RIC and chairman emeritus, Davies exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the industry.
The event was emceed by Vaughn Henson, vice-chair, RIC, and director of business development, SRC Holdings Corp. Henson spoke about the importance of remanufacturing to growing economies and to sustaining and preserving precious resources. Henson pointed out that, “This was our third year to present the ACE Awards, and it’s clear that their popularity continues to rise. I expect even more nominations next year.” He continued by asking the attendees to nominate individuals that are making a positive impact for remanufacturing.
Remanufacturing ACE Awards trophies were presented to each of the winners along with a scholarship, one in honor of each winner, to award within their communities, encouraging future industry leaders to become more engaged with remanufacturing before graduation.
Nominations for 2020 can be made at RemanACEAwards.org.