Gremada Industries ( tapped its vice president of sales and marketing, James P. Kowske, to serve as the president of subsidiary, Laser Cladding Services (LCS,, a provider of customized metal coatings for industrial and process applications. In addition to the new appointment, Kowske will continue in his role as the vice president of Gremada Industries., Inc.

Prior to this appointment, Kowske served as Gremada and LCS’ vice president of sales and marketing where he was responsible for overseeing marketing, product and channel development, as well as strategic planning.

Kowske has 35 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and has held several senior management roles for Blackmer, a Dover Company; Vickers, Inc.; Ace Controls; and Heritage Hydraulics. Kowske holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Lewis University located in Lockport, Ill. and has continuous education under his belt in international marketing from the University of Chicago and Thunderbird School of Global Management. He maintains memberships in the American Marketing Association and is an active participant in The Remanufacturing Institute.