Kent Displays CEO Green Appointed to U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council
Kent, Ohio (PRWEB) April 17, 2012
Kent Displays announced today that CEO Dr. Albert Green was chosen as one of seven new members named to the Manufacturing Council, a private sector committee that directly advises U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson. The exclusive council, which is made up of 25 private sector members, was created in 2004 to act as a direct conduit between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the manufacturing sector by promoting a partnership across all industry sectors to continuously increase the United States’ global manufacturing competitiveness.
“I am pleased to welcome our seven new members to the Manufacturing Council,” said Secretary Bryson. “Dr. Green brings valuable experience and will play an important role in our ability to promote innovation, economic growth, and continue to level the playing field for American manufacturing firms and workers.”
As the CEO of Kent Displays, an advanced manufacturer of LCDs located in Kent, Ohio, Dr. Green is highly qualified to lend his expertise as a council member to the Commerce Department, the Secretary of Commerce, other council members and the U.S. manufacturing community. Since taking the reins as CEO in 2007, Dr. Green has led Kent Displays’ transformation from a focus on research and development to the design and manufacture of consumer electronics products. As part of this transformation, the company developed and installed a revolutionary roll-to-roll LCD production line in Kent in 2008. The line mass manufactures Reflex® No Power LCDs from rolls of conductor-coated plastic. The installation of a second roll-to-roll line, which is expected to triple LCD production capacity, was announced in early 2012.
Dr. Green spearheaded the formation of Improv Electronics, a consumer products subsidiary of Kent Displays, and the launch of the company’s first consumer product, the Boogie Board eWriter. The electronic, fun and eco-friendly alternative to paper, which utilizes a Reflex LCD for its writing surface, was an immediate sales success and is now sold in nearly 30 countries. Boogie Board eWriter sales have helped Kent Displays double revenue and employment in the past two years.
Prior to his appointment to the Manufacturing Council, Dr. Green provided his expertise to the U.S. government in several capacities: as an advisor to President Barack Obama’s Export Council, as a business delegation member for the 2011 U.S. Commerce Trade Mission to India led by Secretary Gary Locke, and as a participant in the export session of President Obama’s Winning the Future Small Business Forum in 2011.
Dr. Green is also a key figure in growing the flexible electronics industry cluster in Northeast Ohio. He serves on the Board of Directors for NorTech, a non-profit organization geared toward driving economic development through technology in the region, and chairs the FlexMatters steering committee. FlexMatters is an initiative launched by NorTech to recognize the flexible electronics cluster in the region and to accelerate its growth.
“I have shared my experiences as the CEO of Kent Displays with leaders of government and business at every level, and I am eager to contribute my perspective on an even broader scale through the Manufacturing Council,” said Dr. Green. “Kent Displays is one of many U.S. companies entering new frontiers in manufacturing. The knowledge and expertise of innovation companies like ours is vital to the continued success of U.S. manufacturing on a global level.”
The Manufacturing Council, which was re-chartered on April 5, 2012 for a two-year term, also works to ensure that the United States continues to experience success as the global frontrunner in attracting manufacturing investments from all over the world. It is comprised of 25 members from various industries.
About Kent Displays
Founded in 1993, Kent Displays, Inc. is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of Reflex No Power LCDs for unique, sustainable applications including electronic skins, writing tablets, smartcards and eReaders.
For more information about Kent Displays, go to http://www.kentdisplays.com or contact us at info(at)kentdisplays(dot)com.
For more information about Boogie Board eWriters, go to http://www.improvelectronics.com.
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