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Tranzonic Companies promotes Brian Rhoades to oversee West Coast facilities

January 21, 2019

The Tranzonic Companies has promoted Brian Rhoades, expanding his oversight as vice president of operations to include facilities in Sparks, Nevada, and Montebello, California, in addition to the firm’s West Knoxville location.

Brian Rhoades
The Tranzonic Companies

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, The Tranzonic Companies was founded nearly a century ago and manufactures and distributes wiping cloths, personal hygiene products, textiles, washroom supplies and accessories, wiping and cleaning supplies, and safety products. The Knoxville facility, located off Hardin Valley Road, is the largest manufacturing and distribution site for The Tranzonic Companies.

“In a short time, Brian has helped us make great strides in culture and operations in Knoxville,” said Pat Fitzmaurice, chief financial officer of Tranzonic. “I am confident that his people-first philosophy will guide us to similar success at our facilities in Sparks and Montebello on the West Coast.”

Rhoades joined Tranzonic in 2018 as vice president of operations in Knoxville. He has more than 30 years of experience in plant management and operations, previously serving 10 years as vice president of operations in Knoxville for WS Packaging Group. He also has held senior management positions at Newell Rubbermaid in Maryville, Tennessee; Emerson Electric in Marshalltown, Iowa; and Keihin North America, a joint venture of Keihin Corporation and Honda North America in Muncie, Indiana.

About The Tranzonic Companies

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and founded nearly a century ago, The Tranzonic Companies manufactures and distributes wiping and cleaning supplies; personal hygiene products; textiles; washroom supplies and accessories; and safety products to the away-from-home market. The Knoxville location is the largest manufacturing and distribution facility for The Tranzonic Companies. For more information, visit