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General Holt and ELLWOOD to team up on key market initiatives


[New Castle, PA – February 21, 2023] ELLWOOD today announced an important new strategic partnership. Major General Cameron G. Holt, United States Air Force (Retired) will work closely with ELLWOOD’s senior leadership team on strategic initiatives in defense and commercial market sectors, bringing with him significant experience and knowledge on the intersection of government and industry in support of national security.


General Holt recently completed 32 years of military service, serving his last four years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In that capacity, he oversaw a global contracting portfolio valued more than $825 Billion as well as the training, organizing, and equipping of more than 8,000 contracting experts executing the full range of operational, enterprise sourcing, and major weapons systems contracting worldwide.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association and as a member of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution Reform Task Force, sponsored by the American Society of Military Comptrollers.


After serving as the United States Air Force’s most senior contracting officer, Holt created Holt Consulting Group LLC to work with companies such as ELLWOOD “to bring together the best of America—industrialists, technologists and capital investors with innovative problem solvers in government to tilt the scales in favor of America and her allies against the adversaries of freedom.”


“ELLWOOD has unmatched capacity and capability across the Western Hemisphere—the perfect partner not just for existing product lines but also to leverage innovation and cutting-edge technologies,” Holt said.


General Holt listed a number of determining factors when selecting ELLWOOD as one of a very select group of Holt Consulting Group, LLC partners: rock solid ethics; commitment to fair competition; proven commercial business foundation; and unparalleled capacity and capability. All this coupled with patriotic family ownership committed to reinvesting in their community and their team members made the opportunity to partner that much more appealing to Holt. He reflected on his first visit to an ELLWOOD facility in Pennsylvania; “When the hotel receptionist found out I was there to visit ELLWOOD, her face lit up and she proudly told me ELLWOOD gave her father his start and he worked for them his entire life. I knew right away that this company represents the best of American industry.”


“We are fortunate to have General Holt on board. His experience, knowledge and deep understanding of global market forces and large-scale project management will be invaluable to ELLWOOD as we work to deepen our partnerships with the Department of Defense and strategic global OEM’s,” said Ben Huffman, ELLWOOD President and CEO. “Holt Consulting Group will amplify our ability to leverage our ELLWOOD Integrated Advantage—materials technologies, advanced manufacturing capabilities, and world-class team—to help our customers win in the markets they serve.”