January 7, 2016
Boosting their new Engineered Coated Fabrics Division, Thermodyn Corporation hired industry veteran Jim Briggs to be the its new director.
While a formal division devoted to that marketplace is new territory for Thermodyn, working with engineered coated products is business as usual for the northwest Ohio firm. Since opening its doors in 1979, Thermodyn has a long history of combing Viton with fiberglass, aramids and other diaphragm materials as well as using high tech coated fabrics in its expansion joint production. Thermodyn’s current line of engineered products include fully cured elastomeric coated textiles in a variety of weights, gauges, polymers and fabrics and focuses primarily on technically demanding temperature and chemical resistant sealing and pressure regulation applications.
Briggs, whose formal title is Director of Engineering Coated Fabrics Division, is tasked with expanding the company’s footprint in the marketplace and engineering solutions and alternative applications for these products. He’s made sales calls in every corner of the United States and already has helped pull some of Thermodyn’s established clients out of a jam with his creative approach and contacts throughout the raw material supply chain.
Jim and his wife April tailgating at the NC State-UNC game. The Heels won and Jim owed his wife a frozen yogurt as a result. Jim is down a lot of yogurts.
Jim arrives at Thermodyn with 30 years of field experience with previous stints at Longwood Elastomers, Fiberweb and Fairprene. At that latter stop, Briggs earned a reputation for technical development and problem solving for a broad range of metering, gasket, medical and sealing applications. Briggs attended North Carolina State University earning a degree in Textiles. His unique educational background gives Thermodyn something it’s never had before–a degreed expert in the field. Company Vice President Jeff MacMillan said that while Thermodyn has always prided itself on having great, knowledgeable people representing the firm, Briggs gives them a level of in-house expertise they’ve never had before.
“He’s a walking technical division. His experience will allow us to develop new technologies for new markets.” —Thermodyn Vice President Jeff MacMillan
Jim and his wife April reside in Elon, a beautiful small college town in North Carolina. They’ve been married for 21 years and have a son Chase, who attends Campbell University, and a daughter Ally, a high school senior. Jim is a second generation North Carolina State alum and lives everything Wolf Pack. April, however, is a UNC alum, so football and basketball gamedays are always interesting in the Briggs’s household when the Wolf Pack and Tar Heels tangle. Jim also enjoys church activities, improving his golf game, dining on eastern North Carolina barbeque and NASCAR. Speaking of which, Jim thinks Matt Kenseth takes the Great American Race in Daytona next month.
Jim can be reached at 336-392-0912 and firstname.lastname@example.org.