Print
More News

Corning's Wilmington Plant Has New Manager

By Jenny Callison, posted May 14, 2019
Russ Lopatka
The Corning Inc. plant in Wilmington has a new manager.

Company officials said this week that Russ Lopatka, who has built an eight-year career in Wilmington with the New York-based materials science company, has been tapped to oversee plant operations. He assumed his new role Monday.

Lopatka was not available for comment Tuesday.

Most recently, Lopatka was the regional engineering manager, according to his LinkedIn profile. He began his career with Corning in August 2001 as a process engineer in the Wilmington optical fiber plant.

He has served in other capacities since: notably, as the Wilmington plant’s manufacturing strategy manager and then as its plant engineering manager. He has held other roles in various manufacturing functions in the plant's engineering and operations, officials said Tuesday.

Lopatka earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from N.C. State University.

He succeeds Michele Holbrook as plant manager. Holbrook has taken a new role as Corning Inc.’s global supply chain project manager.

“I will still reside in the Wilmington area and will remain engaged in the community -- continuing on the ... Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the NC State Industry Expansion Solutions Advisory Board,” Holbrook said in an email Tuesday.

Corning Inc., founded in 1851 in Corning, New York, is a global developer and manufacturer of products using glass science, ceramics science and optical physics technologies. Its Wilmington plant is involved in optical fiber production.

This version of the story corrects to 2001 the start of Lopatka's career with Corning Inc. and adds more information about the positions he has held.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Chris coudriet

New Hanover County Offers Expertise And Resources For Safe Reopening

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government
Carolinemontgomery4

PPP Forgiveness - What You Need To Know

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
Mike stonestreet 300x300

Best Practices For Virtual Board Meetings

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)

Trending News

Downtown Wilmington Restaurant Closes Permanently

Jessica Maurer - Jun 3, 2020

Joint Venture Buys Private Marine Terminal In Wilmington

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 4, 2020

Flying Machine Brewing Co. Expanding To Wrightsville Beach

Jessica Maurer - Jun 3, 2020

Oak Island Publix: One Of Two New Stores To Open Since Chain's Virus Decision

Cece Nunn - Jun 3, 2020

California-based Tech Company Opens An Office In Wilmington

Johanna Cano - Jun 4, 2020

In The Current Issue

N.C. Ports Sets Sail With Big Opportunities

The MV Hyundai Hope’s trip to the port May 20 marked a significant step in developing economic oppor­tunities for the region and state, said...


Major Projects Move Forward

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, work has continued on many major projects in the Wilmington area, from construction to planning phases....


A Look At The Bankruptcy Option

Some are using the word "tsunami' to describe the wave of bankruptcies expected to come as businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic look f...

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2020 Leadership Accelerator: Virtual Workshops for Real Leaders
2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`