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ATAS Recognizes Two New Manufacturing Leadership Institute Graduates

From left: Eric Bus, ATAS; Karen Buck, MRC; Jack Pfunder, MRC; and Allison Guzley, ATAS.

Allentown, PA - ATAS International Inc. had two employees graduate from the Manufacturers Resource Center’s (MRC) Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI) certificate program in June. The class included over 20 other area manufacturing professionals.

“MRC MLI educates the region’s current and up-and-coming leaders in all aspects of strategic leadership to strengthen their company’s competitiveness, drive growth, and create sustainable business models." said Jack E. Pfunder, President and CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center. "Over the course of five months, the curriculum consists of 11 intense days of 12 program topics on growth and innovation led by eight industry experts with real world experience and exceptional teaching skills. MRC has graduated more than 200 participants from over 80 companies through the MLI, including 13 ATAS employees. In 2006, MRC began developing strategic leaders and promoting growth and innovation when we recognized the need for executive training. Since we partnered with the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University to establish this top-line certificate program, MLI has become one of our signature offerings."

Eric Bus, ATAS’ Operations Manager, and Allison Guzley, Human Resources Manager at ATAS, are the graduates of the MLI program this year. Guzley stated, “MLI is the equivalent to a general economics class but with an intense manufacturing and leadership focus. It is beneficial for all levels of management in the manufacturing sector because you can apply what it teaches you to your own personal development and the development of your employees, no matter what their skill levels are."

About The Manufacturers Resource Center

For over 25 years, Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively in their existing human capital. For more information, visit

About ATAS International Inc.

atas logo 1963Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall cladding, ceilings, perimeter edge metal, and accessories. The ATAS portfolio features an expansive selection of products available in aluminum, steel, zinc, stainless steel, and copper. Standard profiles include narrow and wide ribbed wall panels, corrugated styles, standing seam and batten seam roof systems, metal shingles, shakes, tiles, and more. Additional options include curved, tapered, and perforated panels; concealed or exposed fasteners; smooth or embossed textures; horizontal and vertical applications; and a choice of over 40 stock colors with 70% PVDF finish.

With sustainability at the forefront of modern building design, ATAS proudly supports green building objectives with high performance solutions, such as solar-ready roof panels, insulated metal panels, cool roofing products, and solar air heating wall panels. The ATAS team consists of product and market specialists that provide a high level of support for your project, from initial discovery and design to installation. ATAS has two ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing locations in the United States: the headquarters in Allentown, PA, and their facility in Mesa, AZ. ATAS also has a second location in Allentown, PA, and recently added a new manufacturing location in University Park, IL. For more information about ATAS International, visit or call 610.395.8445. For more information on InSpire transpired solar collector metal wall panels, visit

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