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ATAS International And BRIGHTSMITH Coaters Recognize Leadership Program Graduates

Jason Eberts (left) and Tony Bus (right)

Allentown, PA - ATAS International Inc. and their sister company, BRIGHTSMITH Coaters, had two employees graduate from the Manufacturers Resource Center’s (MRC) Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI) certificate program in November. Jason Eberts, Assistant Inside Technical Sales Manager at ATAS, and Tony Bus, Product and Process Manager at BRIGHTSMITH, are graduates in the class of 2020. The class included 21 other area manufacturing professionals. A total of 15 employees from ATAS and BRIGHTSMITH have graduated from this course since 2010.

Since 2006, the MRC began developing strategic leaders and promoting growth and innovation when they recognized the need for executive training. Since they partnered with the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University to establish this top-line certification program, it has become one of their signature offerings. For well over a decade now, the MRC has provided a leadership certificate program for the region’s current and up-and-coming leaders. The resulting Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI) program has graduated more than 200 participants, helping them to enhance their skills, strengthen their companies’ competitiveness, drive growth, and create sustainable business models that lead them into the future. MRC achieves this goal by providing participants with a comprehensive strategic leadership training curriculum. Over a five-month period, eight industry experts with real-world expertise guide MLI students through training each month. Class sizes are typically no more than 20 to encourage personalization and participation. MRC’s MLI topics are intended for those who hold—or aspire to hold—leadership roles.

In sharing his experience of attending, Eberts stated, “Taking the MLI course really opened my eyes up to a lot of different management strategies that I was not aware of. Moving forward, I plan to use these to grow in my career."

Bus added, “MLI offered an exciting learning experience focused on collaboration with other manufacturers in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. MRC does a fantastic job of selecting top quality presenters and leaders to teach and guide the class on a wide range of topics relevant to leaders in any business. MLI offers an opportunity to challenge yourself and your team members to grow professionally.”

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, visit

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