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Kory Abbitt

Katherine O. (Kory) Abbitt, Renegade’s Director of Business Development and Continual Improvement Leader, has a B.S. in Engineering Science Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1985) and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton (1993).  Her 30+ year career in the composites aerospace industry has included engineering, program management, sales and business development leadership positions.

Ms. Abbitt has experience with most composite manufacturing processes including autoclave and press molding, infusion and out of autoclave processes as well as preforming.  Her background includes extensive work with thermosetting prepregs and adhesives, infusion resins and films and engineered preforms with a focus on the integration of these material forms into key composite structures for both the military and commercial aerospace markets.  Ms. Abbitt has participated in all stages of introducing new, innovative composite materials into production including product development and/or selection, qualification and successful transition from development into production.  She also maintains excellent program knowledge of key programs in the global aerospace marketplace.

Ms. Abbitt began her career in 1985 as a Materials & Processes Engineer at GE Aircraft Engines (now GE Aviation) specifying/qualifying composite materials for engine applications.  She is well-recognized in the aerospace composites industry for her successful sales and business development work.  Her experience in this area includes prepreg, carbon fiber and preforming with positions at U.S. Polymeric, Fiberite, Cytec, A&P Technology and Hexcel.  In 2009, Ms. Abbitt joined Park Electrochemical Corp. as Vice President/Sales & Marketing-Americas.  She led the aerospace composites sales and market development efforts resulting in new qualifications of Park materials at key Aerospace OEM’s.  Over the course of her career, Ms. Abbitt has positioned companies for qualifications resulting in over $200M of new, profitable business.  Ms. Abbitt joined Renegade Materials Corporation (Ohio’s first composite prepreg manufacturing business) in 2011 where she is tasked with building upon the vision of Renegade Materials’ founders, that of being a world class prepreg manufacturer focused in high temperature and other innovative polymeric materials.  She has recently taken on a second role at Renegade Materials, that of Continual Improvement Leader.  In this capacity, Ms. Abbitt leads all of Renegade's Continual Improvement (CI) Teams.  Current CI Teams are focused on FOD Awareness and Prevention, Defect Flag Reduction, Equipment Efficiency and Improved Mix Instructions.  


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