May 5, 2023


As part of a management reorganization, AFC-Holcroft has announced Tracy Dougherty and Ronald Waligora will share leadership responsibility as dual Chief Operating Officers. Dougherty, formerly Vice President of Sales, has been named Chief Operating Officer in charge of Sales, Applications, Marketing and Aftermarket Sales while Waligora, formerly Senior Engineering Manager, has been named Chief Operating Officer for Project Management, Engineering, Manufacturing and Field Services. Both have spent many years working for the company, and both are active in AFC-Holcroft’s professional membership organizations such as the Metal Treating Institute and ASM International.   

“I expect this to be a smooth transition as we have a talented and dedicated team of employees within AFC-Holcroft” said Dougherty. “We will continue to provide our customers with the best thermal processing equipment in the industry with a renewed focus on customer service and support.”

Along with the promotion of Waligora and Dougherty, the company hired Thierry Allirot as Chief Financial Officer for The Atmosphere Group and its subsidiaries including AFC-Holcroft. Allirot holds a Master’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics. He spent 20 years as a CFO in the U.S. and other countries, with his experience bridging across different industries.

About AFC-Holcroft

AFC-Holcroft, founded in 1916, is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial furnace systems used in the heat treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The company has approximately 120 employees globally and has been part of the AICHELIN Group since 2016. 

AFC-Holcroft produces high quality thermal processing equipment used in the production of metal components and provides related aftermarket service. Customers include both captive and commercial heat treaters who supply components to various industries such as automotive, heavy truck, industrial bearings and gears, railroad, fasteners, mining, aluminum heat treatment, and others. The company is headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, USA and has its own subsidiaries in China and Poland as well as a global partner network in Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Spain.

About AICHELIN Group

As part of Berndorf AG, AICHELIN Group is a leading provider of heat treatment solutions, such as industrial furnaces, induction hardening plants, industrial gas burners systems, control and automation systems, industry-4.0 solutions as well as services. The AICHELIN headquarters are located in Mödling near Vienna. The company’s roots date back to 1868. The long-established brand AICHELIN, as well as AFC-Holcroft, EMA Indutec, SAFED, BOSIO, and NOXMAT, make up the group and together employ more than 1,200 people. AICHELIN Group ranges among the world’s top 3 heat treatment companies. AICHELIN’s subsidiaries in Europe are located in Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia, and Switzerland; the worldwide presence of the company includes subsidiaries and branch offices in China, India, and the US, as well as a sales network in 22 more countries.

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