RIPLEY, Miss.—After serving as vice president of sales at Elite Advanced Polymers Inc. for just more than a year, Andy Claytor returns as president of the company.
The appointment became official May 23.
The specialty rubber compounder, with manufacturing operations in Ripley and its headquarters in Plano, Texas, said Claytor will lead Elite's growth in the custom rubber mixing industry.
Claytor will be charged with oversight of manufacturing operations and with other responsibilities in sales, marketing and business development.
"Andy's expertise in selling deeply technical, value-driven products and his strong relationships throughout the industry will be instrumental in growing our custom rubber mixing business," said Murli Nathan, executive chairman of Elite Advanced Polymers. "We are thrilled to welcome Andy as our president of the Ripley facility as we add scale to our platform to take advantage of the exciting opportunities in the industry."
Claytor said he will leverage the company's technical expertise and offer a customer-centric philosophy for business growth.
Elite has made no secret of its intentions to grow both organically and via bolt-on acquisitions, and it has done both since its purchase by DestinHaus Capital L.L.C. in February 2021.
"I'm very excited to join the team at this formative stage to spearhead the growth of this business," Claytor said.
Claytor began his more than 30-year career at Burton Rubber in 1988. He has worked for Preferred Rubber Compounding (now part of Hexpol N.A.), Teknor Apex, Hexpol and Alphagary.
Like he is doing with Elite Advanced Polymers, Claytor previously returned to lead Hexpol's sales efforts in the Northeast U.S. as vice president of business development.