Allied Minerals Products has announced chairman emeritus Jon K. Tabor is to retire after a 50-year career from 16 February.
In 1955, Tabor began a 65-year career in the refractories industry working for Norton Company (Saint Gobain), in Worcester. He joined Allied as Sales Manager in 1970, when Allied was a small and relatively refractory company.
Allied says Tabor helped transform the company from a two-man partnership into a multi-national corporation with nearly 1,000 employees in 25 countries. His Allied career included sales manager, vice president of sales, president, CEO and chairman.
Tabor led the transformation of Allied to an employee owned company in 1986, the company adds.
In 1997, Tabor started a joint venture in South Africa as part of an ambition to expand the company oversees. Allied expanded into China (1998), The Netherlands in (2005), India (2012), Brazil (2012), Chile (2015), and Russia (2017).
Domestic acquisitions included Matrix Refractories (1991/1997), Chicago Fire Brick (2002), Pryor Giggey Company (2017), and Riverside Refractories (2017).
Tabor also served on board of trustees of Alfred University, chairman of the Refractories Institute, and chairman of Allied’s affiliates in China, South Africa, and The Netherlands. He was honoured with the Tredennick Award from The Refractories Institute, The Alfred University Distinguished Service Award, The Alfred University Founders Society Honour, The Ohio Exporter of the Year (1985) and the Ceramic Industry Refractory Man of the Year Award (2006).