Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sealaska announces new venture, officer

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JUNEAU - Sealaska Corp. announced Tuesday its launch of Olympic Fabrication, a manufacturing company, as well as a new chief operating officer for the corporation.

The wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeast Alaska regional Native Corp. specializes in the welded fabrication and manufacture of a wide variety of precision components and assemblies for the aerospace, nuclear and military industries.

Sealaska purchased the company recently from Shelton, Wash.-based Olympic Tool and Engineering, a fabricator of welded assemblies in the commercial and defense sectors. Olympic Fabrication will expand on the current work force of 53 employees, operating in the same 60,000-square foot facility at the Port of Shelton.

Additionally, Sam Landol was appointed as Sealaska's chief operating officer, effective February 19, according to a press release Tuesday. His main responsibilities will include Sealaska's current manufacturing and service-providing subsidiaries.

Previously, Landol served as president of European operations for Nypro, a global plastics manufacturer and a partner with Sealaska in Nypro Knaak. Landol will be charged with expanding Sealaska's customer base by emphasizing the company's diverse supply programs.

As president of Nypro, Europe, Landol organized a new global health care group. As president of Nypro, Latin America, Landol expanded market share for Nypro in the that region.

Sealaska's products and services include plastic injection molding and manufacturing, machining and prototyping, fabrication, information technology and environmental services. Sealaska is owned by more than 17,500 shareholders of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian descent.

New board member joins travel group

JUNEAU - The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced that Juneau resident Tim McDonnell of Temsco Helicopters has been appointed to the organization's board of directors, board chairman Patti Mackey announced.

McDonnell is the vice president of tours and marketing for the Southeast Alaska charter and tour helicopter company. He replaces Bob Engelbrecht, who recently resigned after serving on the board for more than 20 years.

McDonnell will serve the remainder of Engelbrecht's term through October.

Timber corporation names new director

KETCHIKAN - The Sealaska Timber Corp. announced Tuesday that Ed Davis was named director of business development, a new position responsible for fostering growth for the company.

Davis has served as the timber corporation's marketing manager since 1995. He is a Sealaska shareholder and serves on the board of Huna Totem Corp. and the Hoonah advisory board for Denali Advisors. Most recently, Davis was responsible for entry into the Pakistani marketplace and for the company's successful container-based log shipments to the Orient.

The timber corporation was formed in 1980 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sealaska Corp. To learn more, visit the company's Web site at

Networking event slated next week

JUNEAU - The Knowledge Industry Network, or KIN, is hosting its monthly networking pub night between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Island Pub in Douglas. The event is for Juneau's "20- and 30-somethings" to connect with other professionals and community members and establish business relationships. The older-than-40 crowd is welcome, too, organizers say.

Attendees are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues, as well as business cards. Island Pub appetizers will be provided free by KIN. February's pub night is sponsored by the Capital City Weekly and the Juneau Empire. Capital City Weekly editor Amanda Gragert said she will attend, and it will be a chance for professionals to share comments on how to improve the publication and better incorporate their businesses and organizations.

For more information, visit or call organizer Jess Parks at the Juneau Economic Development Council at 463-3662, Ext. 34.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Brittany Retherford. If you know of any business-related news, contact her by e-mail at

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