In 1996, Richard “Rick” Cornish joined Valmont Industries as Director of Business Development for a new company business initiative. Challenged with the opportunity to grow the Valley Galvanizing facility, then a one location cost center, into a profitable business segment, the Coatings Division was launched on January 1, 1997. Today Rick is the Group President of Valmont’s Global Coatings Segment.
Rick’s leadership experience in the corrosion protection industry began in 1988, when he accepted a position with the Kinark Corporation as operations manager, at their Boyles Galvanizing facility in Denver, CO. Advancing through that organization Rick was promoted to vice president of galvanizing operations, at that time the largest custom galvanizer in North America, where he remained until 1996.