John McClatchey Says It Will Be Business as
Usual During SAF Transition
August 23, 2012
by Penny Stacey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF) announced
its succession plan earlier this week, which includes the retirement
of John McClatchey from his role as president, effective September
1. His younger brothers, James and Penn McClatchey, will take over
as co-CEOs, and John McClatchey plans to stay on with the company
as chief financial officer and a member of SAF's board of directors.
During the transition, he says it will be business as usual for
the company's customers.
"Things are going to be pretty much the same," says John
McClatchey. "I'll still be here."
McClatchey has been president of the company since 1988, and he
says both his age and preparations for the future played a role
in his decision to make the move at this time. "I'm 67 years
old and I wanted to stay around and help the people who came after
me to make sure all the transitions went smoothly," he says.
He will remain regularly involved, though. "It's mostly just
that [my] supervisory [duties] will be less, but the main responsibilities
will be the same," he says. "We're just really changing
the organization a little bit so it'll be clear when things start
to change who's in charge of what."
As he nears the transition, McClatchey took the time to share his
thoughts about some of the changes he's seen over the years with
USGNN.com/USGlass magazine. The most major change he's
seen, he says, is the efficiency of the business
"When I first came here, we probably had a quarter of the sales
staff [we have now] and probably three times the number of administrative
people," he recalls. "I think that's probably because
of the computerization of most things."
In addition, the company has had its own shift internally as well.
"Our emphasis has changed over the years from wholesaling to
fabrication," he says. "Fabrication causes a lot more
worry and that's made my job harder."
Looking to the future, SAF currently is building
an anodizing line in Redding, Calif. "We're in the finishing
stages of construction right now," says McClatchey.
SAF was founded by the McClatcheys' father, Marvin, and still today
remains a true family business. All three of McClatchey's own children
are involved with the business as well. His daughter, Eliza Evans,
serves as project manager; Carl McClatchey serves as controller;
and John McClatchey Jr. serves as sales manager.