Blairsville, Pa.-based the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) announced at its annual SUMMIT event that it awarded its highest honor, the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award, to Mark F. Huston.
Each year, the NCDMM awards the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award to an individual who shares Mr. Rhoades’ tireless commitment, futuristic vision, and unwavering dedication to the defense manufacturing industry.
During his 35-year career at Kennametal Inc., a global provider of metalworking tools and technologies, Huston held numerous positions of increasing responsibilities to include vice president, engineered solutions. It was during his tenure at Kennametal that he also served as the inaugural director of the NCDMM from 2003 to 2006. At that time, NCDMM was located within the Quentin C. McKenna Technology Center at Kennametal in Latrobe, Pa.
“There’s no question that Mark’s vision, leadership, and engineering experience during its inception were incredibly instrumental in paving the way for the NCDMM to be the organization that it is today,” said newly appointed NCDMM President and CEO Dean L. Bartles, Ph.D.
Ralph Resnick, vice president of strategy, said: “Mark set the NCDMM on the course to becoming a sustainable industry leader and innovator. Our reputation for delivering proven advanced manufacturing solutions that result in significant cost-savings to the defense supply chain supporting the U.S. Armed Forces began with him. Therefore, in recognition of his tireless commitment, steady leadership, dedication, and actions on behalf of the national manufacturing community and the mission of NCDMM, we congratulate Mark Huston as the 2019 NCDMM Lawrence J. Rhoades awardee.”
NCDMM established the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award to honor the memory of Rhoades, whose entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the advancement of manufacturing processes was known industry-wide. Rhoades was one of the founding fathers of the NCDMM, and an inaugural member of the board of directors where he served until his untimely death in 2007.
Huston has since retired from Kennametal and currently serves as a metalworking manufacturing consultant across various segments. Huston is also the owner of MFH Designs, where he designs and builds custom furniture.
Previously as Kennametal’s vice president of engineered solutions, Huston was responsible for a 300-plus person global engineering team focused on the design, development, and implementation of comprehensive manufacturing solutions that incorporated standard tools, custom tools, and process recommendations that ensured the most efficient and profitable process for customers within the aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, and machine tool builder industrial segments.
He also served as engineering director, engineering manager, and senior product engineer at Kennametal.
Huston holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Grove City College.