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Major managerial appointments at Emtelle include first US MD

Emtelle has appointed Tommy Conner as managing director USA, to lead its new North American operation. Mr Conner joins the company — a manufacturer of blown fiber cable and ducted network solutions — as it prepares to open a new 300,000ft2 facility in Fletcher, North Carolina.

With more than 30 years' experience in industrial distribution, engineering and manufacturing involving products including rubber, paper, plastic and now fiber, Mr Conner takes up his new post after five years at Mainetti, a retail solutions provider, where he was director of operations. During that time he was responsible for the company's reuse and recycling operation sites across the USA, managing a reorganization that saw it consolidate operations in a new factory in Fletcher, within which Emtelle is setting up its fiber production.

Mr Conner previously worked for Braiform, a garment hanger designer and manufacturer, in a number of critical roles before becoming VP global operations, with responsibility for running the company's operations in the USA, UK and China. Educated at Western Carolina University, he gained a Bachelor's Degree in industrial engineering technology. He also served in the US Marine Corps, and maintains his links with the military by working with a Veterans Restoration Center, which helps to rehabilitate, educate and empower armed forces veterans who are homeless.

Other appointments to Emtelle's North American team include Scott Modha, who was appointed VP of sales for North America earlier this year, and Scot Bohaychyk – solutions manager. Clay Harris and Lee Santoro are joining Emtelle as business development managers, for Midwest USA and Eastern Region USA, respectively.

Mr Conner commented, "The US and Canada is ready to take the next step in the evolution of full-fiber products, with Emtelle bringing its innovative approach and high quality blown fiber cabling and duct solutions to the market. […] The aim is for our new facility, with a workforce of up to 200 people operating 17 machines and a whole test-tracking capability, to provide existing and new customers with industry-leading 'made in the US' solutions."