Three Northeast Ohioans, including the head of Kent Displays Inc. in Brimfield Township, now serve on the U.S. Manufacturing Council, a private-sector group that advises U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.
They are: Hiroyuki Fujita, president and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics LLC in Mayfield Village; John W. Grabner, president of Cardinal Fastener Inc. in Cleveland; and Albert M. Green, CEO of Kent Displays.
Fujita and Grabner are new to the council this year, according to a release issued Thursday by the Commerce Department, and Green initially was appointed last year.
The council, created in 2004, was designed to give private-sector leaders a voice in policymaking concerning their industries and focuses on the country’s manufacturing competitiveness.
Green has headed Kent Displays since 2007.
Last year, the company, which makes the Boogie Board eWriter, added a second “roll-to-roll” production line at its headquarters to meet what the company says is a growing global demand for its flexible liquid crystal display, or LCD, products.
The new line was designed to triple production capacity for the company’s LCDs used in the Boogie Board eWriters that are sold by Improve Electronics, Kent Display’s consumer products subsidiary.
Quality Electrodynamics makes devices and detectors used for imaging machines. Cardinal Fastener manufactures large-diameter hot forged bolts used in construction and heavy equipment.