Meet Tom VanSumeren,
General Manager for Kawneer’s Traco Division

In late 2011, Thomas “Tom” VanSumeren was appointed to the position of General Manager for Kawneer’s Traco division. In this role, Tom is drawing on his more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing management and engineering to deliver operational and service excellence and help drive profitable growth.

Most recently, Tom served as Plant Manager for Kawneer’s curtain wall and window plant in Springdale, Arkansas where under his leadership the plant achieved record results. He began his career with Alcoa in 1992 as Senior Manufacturing Engineer for the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh and later held various leadership positions in Alcoa’s automotive businesses.

In 2006, Tom joined Alcoa’s Kawneer business as the Corporate Technical Manager where he was responsible for developing and carrying out technical solutions to help improve manufacturing operations and which led to his promotion to Springdale Plant Manager. Prior to joining Alcoa, Tom spent six years with Kaiser Aluminum.

In speaking about Tom, Diana Perreiah, General Manager of Kawneer North America and Vice President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) said, “Tom will play a critical role in not only continuing to deliver the quality and innovation that customers expect, but building on that foundation to help ensure future success. We are pleased to have him continue with the organization in this new capacity and know that he will bring exceptional technical knowledge, customer management and product expertise to this position.”

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. Tom and his family recently relocated to the Pittsburgh, PA area.