John Kawalchuk joined PRECISION in 1977 and has spent 45 years shaping the history of the aerosol industry in North America. A graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, John has held many key positions within PRECISION VALVE CORPORATION. Starting in Operations, where he began his long and successful career, and then in Quality and Supply Chain, John soon became Vice President and General Manager for North America. Promoted to General Manager of PRECISION Americas - which already included PRECISION's entities in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela - he took on a truly international dimension, accompanying PRECISION's development on all continents, and then became Vice President Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain. But during these long years, John also held the positions of Vice President of Manufacturing, Vice President of Sales and Vice President Technical. For the past three years, John had been an internal consultant for PRECISION, a position from which he was able to impart his extensive knowledge of aerosols and provide support to the group's new management team. In 2016, John joined the HCPA Board of Directors, which will present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
John says "all the years I have spent at PRECISION, from my early days with founder Robert Abplanalp and during the great years of expansion of this packaging worldwide, have been marked by passion. Passion for this aerosol industry and for this company, PRECISION, where I met so many great people over the years. But now it's time to turn the page and devote myself to my other passions, especially wood carving."
Robert Byrd, Regional Operational Director of PRECISION Americas, adds: “throughout my own years at PRECISION, I have always been impressed by John's expertise and commitment. After more than 40 years with the Group, John has retained until today a tremendous drive and enthusiasm which motivates all who work with him. We all look forward to John's happy retirement, but there is no doubt that we will miss his unique energy."