BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U-C Coatings, LLC, a manufacturer of wood protection products, has announced the hiring of Eric Degenfelder as chief executive officer. Degenfelder is taking over from Tom Johel, who will be transitioning to retirement.

Degenfelder brings more than 20 years of experience in chemical and coatings business development, marketing and operations to U-C Coatings. U-C Coatings expects to grow as a trusted partner in logging and lumber production, wood products manufacturing and woodworking industries.

His career includes 12 years with DuPont Performance Coatings, where he led the industrial coatings business for North America and the coatings business across Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai. Prior to joining U-C Coatings, he served as vice president of global product management for Axalta (the former DuPont business), where he rebuilt the product line and launched new products that brought value and performance to customers. Earlier in his career, Eric held positions at Air Products and Millennium Chemicals. See http://www.uccoatings.com.

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