The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) recently presented two “Volunteer of the Year Awards” during its Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, held at its March meetings.

This year’s awards went to Gary Jones, operations manager for Ilsco Extrusions Inc. in Greenville, Pa., and Henry “Hank” Lowman, formerly of PPG Industries Inc. in Springdale, Pa., who was recognized posthumously.

Jones was a long-time member of the AEC Technical Services Committee and was integrally involved in helping the Council reach a reasonable compromise for the heat treatment standard issue known as “Footnote 9,” according to the AEC

“As a key member of AEC’s Industry Standards Team, Gary has served for over a dozen years as a capable and staunch advocate for our aluminum extruders, assisting the Council and the industry in resolving a number of very sensitive and technically complex issues,” said outgoing AEC chair Duncan Crowdis when he presented the award.
Lowman was a member of the Council’s Finishing Committee and was actively involved in developing the educational programs for the AEC Finishing Workshops.

Crowdis told the audience that Lowman was someone who would light up a room and always be one to make a joke. “He was very supportive of the Council and demonstrated that support in many ways, including through PPG sponsorships over the years,” said Crowdis. “Hank will be missed, but I am happy that we can honor his memory with the Volunteer of the Year Award.”

The award was accepted on behalf of Lowman’s family by Scott Moffatt, director of marketing for PPG.