MANCHESTER, CT October 18, 2005 LYDALL, INC. (NYSE: LDL) Lydall, Inc. today announced that Randall L. Byrd has joined the Company as President of its North American automotive business. Byrd, who will be based in Detroit at Lydall's Sales and Technical Center, will be directly responsible for the Detroit operations as well as the Company's U.S. manufacturing facilities.
Byrd comes to Lydall with over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining Lydall, he was Chief Operating Officer for Formed Fiber Technologies, an automotive interior soft-trim supplier. Before that, he was with Lear Corporation, holding several positions, including Vice President, Flooring, Acoustics and Overhead Systems, Vice President, Interior Systems Division Europe, based in Munich, Germany, and Vice President, Operations, Interior Systems Division.
Byrd holds a MBA degree from Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia and a BSME degree from Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute.
Lydall, Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange listed company, headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut. The Company, with operations in the U.S., France, and Germany and sales offices in Europe and Asia, focuses on specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets. Lydall's patented automotive thermal/acoustical barrier and heat shielding components are employed in interior, underhood and underbody applications throughout cars, vans, sport-utility vehicles, and trucks in the U.S. and in Europe.