From the Associated Press:
WENATCHEE The top manager at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works smelter, Stefan Vogt, has accepted another job with the company and will relocate to Pennsylvania.
The company announced Wednesday that Nik Winjum, a Colorado native who worked for years at Alcoa’s Intalco Smelter in Ferndale, will replace Vogt, 38.
In his new position, Vogt will oversee expansion of emerging technology that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Alcoa smelters.
He’ll work out of the Alcoa Technical Center in New Kensington, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh.
Wenatchee Works spokeswoman Sharon Kanareff said Vogt; his wife, Tanya Vogt; and two daughters are still in Wenatchee, but plan to relocate by the end of the month.
Vogt arrived in Wenatchee as smelter manager in mid-2007. He said Alcoa officials approached him about the new job and describes his departure as “bittersweet.”
“My wife and I are getting used to the area. … We’ve made a lot of friends. It’s sad we have to go,” he said. “It’s exciting for me, personally, to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something great at Alcoa.”
He said they’ll also be closer to his wife’s family in Rochester, N.Y.
Winjum, 48, will relocate from New York, where he’s worked as manufacturing manager at Alcoa’s East Massena smelter.
Winjum started his career with Alumax, which was acquired by Alcoa and is now Intalco.
Kanareff said Winjum is looking forward to returning to the Northwest. He’s already visited Wenatchee Works and should be in town by mid-month.
Winjum and his wife have three children.