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LVEDC Interviews FLSmidth’s New President of North America

By Colin McEvoy on October 23, 2020

LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham (left) interviews Pat Turner, who recently became FLSmidth President of the North America region.

FLSmidth is a truly global company. A leading supplier of engineering, equipment and service solutions to customers in mining and cement industries, it has activities in more than 80 countries worldwide and offices all over the nation and the world.

But its cement operations are centered out of Bethlehem, with sales, service officers, engineering, and product development occurring there. The Lehigh Valley provides the talented workforce and high-quality educational institutions needed to fill those technical and engineering positions, according to one of the company’s new executives.

“Pretty much anything that we do or sell or service in North America (is) directed out of Bethlehem,” said Pat Turner, who became FLSmidth President of the North America region about 18 months ago. About 250 people work out of FLSmidth’s Lehigh Valley facility.

Turner was interviewed by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) in the video released Oct. 22, the sixth entry in a weekly series LVEDC is conducting with new corporate leaders at some of Lehigh Valley’s leading companies and largest employers.

“We launched this series recently because in the last 18 months we have had about 15 different major employers in the Lehigh Valley name new presidents, CEOs, or regional vice presidents,” said LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham, who conducted the interview. “So we have a large group of new folks that are really driving forward the economy of the Lehigh Valley, helping to shape our community, our economy.”

The Lehigh Valley Health Network is the presenting sponsor for the series, with Capital Blue Cross as the premier sponsor. Gold sponsors include BB&T, now Truist, Fitzpatrick, Lentz & Bubba, and PenTeleData. Crayola and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation are event sponsors for the series; Follett LLC is the interview sponsor, Countess Communications is the production sponsor, and ArtsQuest is the venue sponsor.

New videos are released each Thursday at 3 p.m. on LVEDC’s Facebook page. Unlike the other entries in the video series, the interview with Turner was conducted online via Zoom. The full video interview can be viewed below.

Current and previous archived videos can be found here and on LVEDC’s YouTube channel. The next interview subject on Oct. 29 will be Todd Shamash, President & CEO of Capital Blue Cross.

An engineer by training, Turner was previously President of Krebs Engineers, which sold equipment to the mining industry before becoming acquired by FLSmidth in 2006. He has been with the company ever since, holding several different positions before entering his current position.

Turner has worked all over the world, including South Africa, China, Brazil, and Australia, where he briefly lived, as well as in states like Arizona, California, and Utah. But he has been particularly impressed by Lehigh Valley, especially for its proximity to major cities, great schools, and wide range of restaurants.

“The depth and breadth of the restaurants is outstanding here,” he said. “… It’s a really great location, and it’s also really nice to be just 75 miles away from Manhattan, too.”

Turner also discussed his predictions for the short- and long-term future of the cement industry, where he projects future growth will be, and FLSmidth’s mission to reduce emissions across the global cement and mining industries by 2030 through its MissionZero sustainability program.

“We are spending our development dollars on new products that will allow cement companies to reduce their carbon footprint,” he said. “… We as a company are putting all of our research & development dollars into developing products to help our customers meet those goals.”

Other upcoming interviews in the LVEDC executive video series will include Kevin Orfan, President of Sharp Packaging U.S.; Vince Sorgi, President & CEO of PPL Corp.; and Matt Sorrentino, President & CEO of Health Network Laboratories.

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