Haviland Products Company Expands Staff; Announces Promotion

Rachel Cheng named Senior Research and Development Chemist; Rob Pawson promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the South/Southwest Regions.

Haviland Products Company recently made several personnel announcements: 

B. Rachel Cheng joins Haviland Products Company as Senior Research and Development Chemist. Cheng will head up the Haviland R&D team in their continued efforts to develop high-performance surface finishing chemistries.

Cheng brings 25 years of experience in the surface finishing industry, including in-depth research on corrosion inhibitors and surface modification at Nanjing University of Chemical Technology in P.R. China, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Chemistry. She holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario.

Cheng most recently served as Director for Voitto Chemical and as Research Scientist for Metalast International, developing Al, Mg and Ti anodizing technologies. Cheng has authored multiple technical articles in a variety of peer-reviewed publications, and is a member of The Electrochemical Society. Cheng’s proficiency and expertise developing unique chemistries were key factors in Haviland’s decision to bring her on board.

“Rachel’s experience in the research and development of applied electrochemistry, materials surface analysis, corrosion protection and metal finishing brings even greater depth to Haviland’s emphasis on technology and creating chemistry,” said Graham Torr, Haviland Sales and Marketing Manager.

Rob Pawson has been promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the South and Southwest Regions at Haviland Products Company. Pawson's duties will include sales and marketing for Haviland’s specialty and commodity chemistry, as well as continuing responsibilities as the Haviland contracted sales agent for Reliant Aluminum.

Pawson joined the Haviland Products technical service team in 1994, most recently serving as Technical Sales & Service Representative. Prior to joining Haviland, Rob worked for Sherwin Williams and Brooks Beverage Company. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and an active member of the Aluminum Anodizers Council and the National Association for Surface Finishing.

“After16 years in the anodizing industry, Rob is an expert at developing cost-cutting solutions for customers,”  Torr said. “He has been a catalyst of success for more than 250 anodizing accounts in his career."

Haviland Products Company formulates, manufactures and distributes decorative, functional and specialty coatings for Fortune 500 companies worldwide. You may reach Haviland Products Company, 421 Ann Street, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, by calling 800-445-1134 or by visiting  

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