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Fiberglass Manufacturer Aiken Appoints New CEO > Columbia Business Report

A manufacturer and supplier of high performance fiberglass materials headquartered in Aiken, has appointed a new President and CEO.

Al Ridilla will assume the day-to-day management of AGY Holding Corp.. and join the company’s board of directors. AGY manufactures fiberglass yarns, reinforcements and materials used in industries ranging from aerospace to electronics and employs over 700 people in manufacturing, research, product support and sales.

Ridilla, who most recently served as President and CEO of Parkway Productshas more than 30 years of leadership experience in advanced materials technology companies, according to a press release.

“Al brings deep strategic and operational expertise to strengthen and grow AGY’s business in the United States and in our European and Asian markets,” said Ryan Carroll, Managing Director of Private Credit Group at TCW Groupwho acquired a majority stake in AGY in September 2020. “His comprehensive leadership experience in strategic planning, revenue growth, innovation, acquisitions, and financial and operational management will help propel our future growth.”

Ridilla began her career at GE Aviation in product development and operations management. He has held senior sales and marketing positions at SABIC Innovative Materials and Victrex in North America and Europe. Additionally, he has been involved in three successful start-up companies manufacturing cast magnesium components, composite snowboards and radio frequency integrated circuits.

Ridilla, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton, is a Six Sigma black belt and holds three US patents.

“We have a bright future at AGY with a world-class product portfolio and technology that delivers lightweight, high-strength, shock-resistant and specialized electrical performance solutions to facilitate our customers’ success in many end markets in the world,” Ridilla said in The Version.

Ridilla succeeds Thomas Pearson, who served as interim president and CEO since the February retirement of Patrick Burns. Pearson will remain with AGY as an operations consultant.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.