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HWI Bids Farewell to Two Long-Time Sales Leaders

Jul 15, 2019 / In the News

Two long-time sales leaders, Jim Hitchens and Bob Lutes, have announced their retirement.

Jim Hitchens recently retired after more than 42 years of service to HWI.  Jim began his career with the company on June 23, 1976.  Bob Lutes began his career with HWI on January 15, 1979 and has more than 40 years of service.  Bob officially retired this spring.

The contributions that these individuals have made to our company and to the industry is substantial.  They are part of the fabric of that makes HWI a great place to work.  The tremendous relationships they have built with customers run deep and have been beneficial to our understanding of the needs of the marketplace.  They have hired and effectively trained numerous salespeople, contributing greatly to the success of others in professional growth and in making a positive impact for HWI.  Jim and Bob’s contributions will be long remembered, and we wish them all the best in retirement.

About HWI, A member of Calderys

HWI is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States, with a history that spans more than 150 years. It is part of Calderys and is the brand for the Americas region of the Group. HWI counts 25 manufacturing sites and 20 distribution centers in the Americas, as well as the largest refractory industry research facility in North America. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.

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