Loudon, Tennessee - Joseph Progar, executive vice president of Advanced Urethane Technologies/Sleep Innovations in the US, was elected president of the Polyurethane Foam Association, at the group's meeting in October, held at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Progar has been in the flexible foam business for many years, having been vice president of sales and operations at the polyurethane division of Leggett & Platt, where he worked for more than 20 years, before moving to Advanced Urethane Technologies/Sleep Innovations. Progar was also was a regional manager at United Foam Corp. before he joined Leggett & Platt.
"We have the benefit of working with a great product, and we have a tremendous opportunity to tell our story collectively," said Progar, commenting on his enthusiasm to be part of the "effective and important advocacy work being done by the PFA," as well as working on new initiatives to strengthen the foam industry.
Other officers include first vice president, Greg Davis of Wm. T Burnett & Co.; second vice president, Bill Gollnitz of Plastomer Corp.; secretary, Joe Wingfield of Prestige Fabricators; and treasurer, Bobby Bush of Hickory Springs Mfg.
Progar replaces the previous president, Lynn Knudtson of Future Foam.
Bob Luedeka remains the association's executive director.