Caldwell Names New President/CEO

October 22, 2008

Eric Mertz has been appointed president and CEO of Caldwell Manufacturing, effective October 27. As part of a planned succession, Ted Boucher, current president and CEO, will continue with the company in the new position of chief business development officer and vice chair of the board.
“Eric is the right person to lead Caldwell Manufacturing into its next era and set the company on a path toward new opportunities,” says Boucher. “He brings a strong record of accomplishments in areas that will serve the company well, including lean manufacturing, global business, product development, employee management and technology innovation.”

Based in the Netherlands since 2000, Mertz has run the European operations of Inalfa Roof Systems, a supplier automotive sunroofs, for the past three years. He oversaw a complete reorganization and restructuring of the division that led to significant increases in sales growth and earnings, the supplier reports. “My executive experience with a global company that similarly produces critical components for use in the manufacturing of a product whose market is impacted by current economic conditions, provides me with a unique background and insights that I will draw on to meet the challenges of this new position,” says Mertz. “Caldwell Manufacturing is a great company with great employees. I look forward to working with the team to move Caldwell Manufacturing to the next higher level.”

In his new role, Boucher will work to identify opportunities to expand Caldwell’s presence in the fenestration market by cultivating key customers, developing prospects, seeking potential alliances, and attending trade association meetings. As vice chair, he will assist in recruiting board members and provide board oversight of management.

Caldwell Manufacturing produces window counterbalance and related systems. Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., since its inception in 1888, the company serves business to business customers around the world from its six facilities in three countries.

Eric Mertz