Ecology Coatings Inc., a developer of nano-engineered industrial coatings for cleaner, more efficient manufacturing, has hired industry veteran F. Thomas Krotine as president and chief executive officer. With more than 35 years of industry experience at Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, Krotine will apply his specific expertise in coatings commercialization, business process optimization and new business development to his new position at Ecology Coatings. Former CEO Richard Stromback will transition to a new leadership role as chairman of the growing coatings company.

"Delivering an impressive value proposition to a wide spectrum of manufacturing industries, Ecology Coatings has already gained exciting market traction with its non-polluting, quick-curing industrial coatings," said Krotine. "As CEO, I look forward to building on that momentum by securing additional strategic partnerships and expanding commercialization efforts across the company's large - and growing - array of application opportunities both within the US and in key international markets."

Krotine served most recently as chairman and lead investor of CV Materials, a supplier of porcelain enamel materials; a turn-around situation that resulted in a successful acquisition of the company by its primary competitor. Prior to his role at CV Materials, Krotine was the manager and principal investor of TK Holdings, which he formed to acquire equity holdings in small to medium-sized manufacturing companies. Before that, he served as vice president at Valspar Corp., where he managed the company's Canadian company and North American powder coating business. Krotine also spent 10 years as a senior vice president at Sherwin-Williams Co. where he was responsible for technology management and corporate environmental and health compliance. Krotine holds a bachelor's degree, master's degree and Ph.D. in metallurgy and materials science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served on the Board of Trustees.

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