URC News & Events

To provide more focus, support and 4U Service for customers in the foundry segment, we have made the following alignment improvements in our sales team.

Brent Buchcuski Director URC FOUNDRY Market

Entering his sixth year at URC, Brent brings nine years of supervisory experience at all levels of the foundry, including the job as foundry and melt area manager.  Brent will continue to work with Rick and Pat in the Midwest, along with working with all other URC salesman on foundry market details. These details range from collaborating on key account strategies to joint calls to input on product development needs for the foundry application. Brent will be accountable for maintaining and growing our sales to direct foundry accounts and foundry distributors.

Ron Stewart Foundry Sales/Service Rep

URC is pleased to welcome Ron Stewart to the team!  Ron will be coming on board at the end of July in the role of Foundry Sales/Service Representative.  Ron will be a great compliment to our foundry group, which is an industry leading source for products, knowledge and support.

Ron has been at Cadillac Castings for 30+ years and has held various management positions including foundry, finishing, and melting.  For the last 17 years, Ron has held the position of Melt Superintendent.  In this role he was responsible for all aspects of the melting operation including the cupola, channels, repairs, and auto-pouring.  He has been an active member of AFS and has done several presentations at Cast Expo and Casting Congress.  Currently, he is the Chairman of the 8F Cupola Committee.

We are excited to add Ron’s experience and knowledge to our team, as his background and people skills will improve our ability to add real 4U Service Value to numerous accounts and distributors.  Ron will report to Brent and be based out of Kalamazoo, MI.

Please join me in welcoming Jim Smith to the URC team!

Jim will be our Director of Energy and Chemical Processes and will focus on ceramic fiber applications and the Petro-Chem market.

With over 32 years of refractory experience in engineering, product management and installation service, Jim brings a unique set of abilities to URC and REFSOURCE.

After completing his BS in ceramic engineering in 1985, Jim’s ceramic fiber and Petro-Chem experience has been extensive, including OEM work with Swindell-Dressler, application engineering with Thermal Ceramics , field project management with Heater Specialists , fiber module product management at UniFrax and fiber/Petro-Chem product management at HWI.

Effective immediately, Jim will be working within our 4U SERVICE model to support and assist all of our URC and REFSOURCE Customers.