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Magnet Applications Expands Manufacturing and Technical Staff

January 9, 2012
Magnet Applications Inc. (MAI), a subsidiary of Bunting Magnetics Co., has announced the promotion of Jerry DePrator to production manager, and the addition of Janice Pandullo as quality engineer and Joe Benden as magnetic components engineer.

DePrator has worked for MAI as a process engineer since 1999. In his new role, he will oversee the entire manufacturing process for the compression-molded and injection-molded magnet product lines. He will be involved in the installation of new equipment, capital improvement projects, quality initiatives, and the management of all production-related personnel. DePrator holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

“Jerry’s in-depth knowledge of our customers, products, and production capabilities is impressive and will allow us to streamline our production process to satisfy the timelines required by our clients,” said Dr. Pete Lipetzky, PhD, Magnet Applications’ general manager. “As our production manager, he has guided our shop in a positive manner and our customers have noticed a difference. The ability of our plant to meet changing production needs has been vital to our recent growth.”

For more than eight years, Pandullo has served in various quality control roles within metals and wind energy industries. She is a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor. Pandullo has been trained on ISO 9001 & 14000 and has received auditor training in both categories. In her role as quality engineer, she will be responsible for the ISO certified quality system, be involved in operations, product development, and continuous improvement with specific responsibility for the quality management system program. Pandullo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Benden will be responsible for preparing quotes, designing magnetic circuits, and working with customers on small motor assembly projects. Prior to joining MAI, he worked in several electrical engineering and magnetic components roles. Benden has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

“The demand for our products has risen dramatically over the last 18 months,” stated Lipetzky. “Our magnets and related products are custom built for applications in industries ranging from defense, energy, automotive, telecommunications, and medical to basic manufacturing... more than people realize. Janice and Joe will help us meet the high standards our customers need.”

For more information on Magnet Applications, visit www.magnetapplications.com. For more information on Bunting Magnetics Co., visit www.buntingmagnetics.com.