Meet The Team

We have seen it all – and done it all!

Arbonite is a widely recognized coating and rubber lining applicator. With a team that possesses over 210 years of cumulative technician experience, we are one of the leading coating and lining applicators in North America. Given our vast wealth of experience and an average employee tenure of 20 years, we are confident that there are very few, if any, corrosion problems that we’ve yet to solve.

Arbonite - The Corrosion Fighting Team

Roger K. Hughes

Director of Operations

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Roger K. Hughes

A graduate of Williamson College of the Trades in 1991 with a degree in Structural Coatings Technology, Roger came to Arbonite in January 1996 as an Estimator/Project Manager. With nearly 30 years of experience working in the coating and lining industry, he is responsible for the engineering, quality assurance and performance of all shop and field service projects.

Kenneth Hickey

Employee Development Lead

 

Kenneth Hickey

Ken started his coating and lining career in 1966 with Metalweld in Philadelphia, PA as a Rubber Lining Technician, specializing in field service installations. He joined the Arbonite team in 1981 as a Rubber Lining Technician, performing many quality lining installations in both the shop and field. With over 50 years of rubber lining application experience under his belt, Ken is instrumental in training the next generation of quality applicators currently being groomed for success at Arbonite.

James L. Gibbas

Tank Dept. [Rubber] Lead

 

James L. Gibbas

Jim has nearly 40 years of experience in the coating and lining industry – he started in 1980 with Penn Line Industries in King of Prussia, PA and arrived at Arbonite in 1995. In that time, Jim has become proficient in the application of all types of lining materials, from sprayable epoxies, baked phenolics and vinyl esters to sheet-applied materials, such as rubber lining and Koroseal® PVC. Given the broad range of his practical experience, it’s safe to say that there simply is not much out there in our industry that Jim has not seen before.

Jeff Warren

Shop Production & Paint/PVC Dept. Lead

 

Jeff Warren

Our longest-tenured employee, Jeff has been a member of the Arbonite team since 1979. Hired as a Finishing Specialist in our PVC department, he worked diligently to gain experience in all types of sprayable coating and lining applications from Arbosol® PVC to baked phenolics and everything in between. Jeff currently oversees our shop production activities, utilizing his wealth of experience to ensure that all projects are performed to Arbonite’s highest quality standards.

Doug Laird

Safety Officer

 

Doug Laird

Doug began his Arbonite career in 1991 as a PVC Technician and Abrasive Blaster. Following his years in production, he spent time as Arbonite’s Maintenance/Facilities Manager before assuming his current role as our Health & Safety Officer. Doug relies on his years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and instructor, in addition to his expansive knowledge of our operations, to develop and coordinate our overall safety and health program. He also serves as Chairman of Arbonite’s Safety Committee.

Andrew Ray

Field Services Supervisor

 

Andrew Ray

Andrew Ray was hired as an assistant in our rubber tank lining department in 2014. After learning the basics of his trade in a shop setting, he became a valued member of Arbonite’s Field Services team, eventually assuming the role of Field Service Supervisor. He possesses a “get it done” attitude as well as a strong skill set and knowledge of coatings & linings applications. Andrew obtained his PADEP “TL” Installer certification in 2018, which enables him to conduct tank handling and inspection activities pursuant to the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act in all regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Theresa Gradel

Small Parts Dept. [Rubber] Lead

 

Theresa Gradel

Theresa began her career with Arbonite in June 2015 as an assistant in our rubber-lined valve department. She quickly mastered all aspects of valve and small-part rubber lining applications, including final QC inspection and finishing of these precision parts. As a result of her dedication and commitment to Arbonite’s mission statement, Theresa was promoted to Department Lead in January 2020. Theresa and her supportive team work diligently to deliver value, exceed expectations, and do it right the first time – EVERY time!