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NCFI Names President

NCFI Polyurethanes names new president

Last updated: January 21. 2015 12:50AM – 448 Views



NCFI Polyurethanes, and its parent company, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. (BMC), said the board of directors has named Chip Holton as the company’s president. Holton joined NCFI as director of operations in 2012.


Holton, 50, holds an engineering degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point and is a former serving US Army infantry officer. His work career began with Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) fiber optics division where he served in multiple capacities from line supervisor to plant manager in Claremont. Holton joined GE Plastics in 2003, where he served as Southeast region operations manager, overseeing logistics, distribution, and manufacturing for up to 13 facilities.


Most recently Holton served as vice president of U.S. Operations for Swiss company Jacob Holm Industries, one of the world’s leading nonwoven roll good manufacturers. It was at Jacob Holm where he met the Barnhardt family.


Lewis Barnhardt, president and COO of BMC, said, “We believe Chip the ideal person to step into this leadership role at this crucial time. He was instrumental in our successful relationship with Jacob Holm, and we are positive he will lead the next stage of growth and transformation for our 50-year-old polyurethane company.”


Holton said he was attracted to NCFI because of its 50-year history as a market leader in polyurethane foams, and said the company’s commercial success can be attributed to “the depth of knowledge and experience of the people within the organization.”


The company is involved in almost all polyurethane markets, and according to Holton, “NCFI is the historic leader in markets like geotechnical foam, bedding, aviation foam, SPF insulation, and aerospace. We lead the way in various applications within these markets, however, there are areas where we must narrow our focus to become a supplier of excellence and maximize our value to the customer.”