Kawneer Appoints Norris McElroy to Lead Visalia, California Operation

In 2007 we introduced you to long-time Kawneer veteran, Norris McElroy, then serving as General Manager, Kawneer. Recently, Norris was appointed as Plant Manager for our Visalia, California operation. In his new assignment, Norris will leverage his 35-year industry experience to lead both Manufacturing and Customer Service personnel as they connect their efforts with the commercial organization to help drive benchmark customer service satisfaction levels for quality, service and communications.

Norris’ career with Alcoa and Kawneer has spanned decades and a wide geographical range. A Georgia native, he has held management positions in several locations across the United States including Florida, Georgia and California. Norris served as General Manager for the Alcoa Architectural Products plant in Eastman, Georgia, as well as General Manager with Kawneer. As General Manager Kawneer, he supervised facilities in Visalia, California; Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Speaking about his career with Alcoa, Norris said, “In these days of high mobility and multiple career changes, spending 30-plus years at one company is almost unheard of. But I’m proud to say that I’ve had the privilege of working for one of the best companies in the world.”

Diana Perreiah, General Manager of Kawneer North America and Vice President of Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) noted, “Norris brings not only a great deal of knowledge and experience to this role, but also a strong understanding of the industry and what it takes to create value for customers and project designers. His strong customer advocacy coupled with his relationships with plant personnel and the sales organization will forge a strong team in the western United States and help drive profitable growth.”

Norris holds a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia and a master's degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta. Norris and his wife will be relocating to the Visalia area.