Northern Contours Names Skow New President

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/07/2014 4:30PM


Lary Skow, Northern Contours ST. PAUL, MN – Lary Skow has been elected president of Northern Contours Inc. by the component company's board of directors. Skow also retains the title of chief operating officer.

John Goebel, interim president for the past six months, continues as Northern Contours' CEO and chairman of the board. Goebel took over as interim president following the resignation in June of Ken Pfarr. 

Since joining Northern Contours in January 2000, Skow has been involved in the sales, marketing and product development. He also has more than 30 years experience in manufacturing environments.

“Over the past 14 years, Lary has been a key player in Northern Contours’ strategic planning, company direction, and expansion of product within our Sales and Marketing teams. His innovative leadership has guided Northern Contours through some difficult economic times. We look forward to his continued leadership during the expected high rate of growth for the company over the next several years,” Goebel, board chairman, said in a statement.

Goebel took over as chairman of the board following the sudden passing in December 2012 of Northern Contours' founder and chairman Mike Rone.

Founded in 1992, Northern Contours provides components for the kitchen, bath, home organization, store fixtures, healthcare, and contract furniture industries. Northern Contours has five manufacturing facilities and employs more than 500 people.


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Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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