In continuous operation since 1974, Cera-Met was originally part of the CERCAST Group. All of Cercast became part of Howmet Corporation in 1989. In 2000, Howmet was purchased by Alcoa and the name of the Bethlehem facility was changed to Alcoa Bethlehem Castings.
On December 1, 2007, the plant was purchased by Henri Fine, owner of Uni-Cast in New Hampshire. A new name, Cera-Met, was established to "reconnect" to the strong heritage of the original CERAMET. Today, both Uni-Cast and Cera-Met are managed and operated independently.
The Cera-Met management team has an average of over 25 years of experience in the investment casting industry and has worked with some of the largest companies in North America.
To strengthen ties to our employees and local community, the Cera-Met Connect committee was formed in 2015 with both employees and management team members. Cera-Met Connect's purpose is to encourage communication within the company and create opportunities for all employees to be involved in the improvement of the overall company environment. Connect also strives to recognize and reward our employees with Employee of the Month awards, holiday luncheons and other events. In 2016, the committee decided to expand its efforts towards reaching out to our local community as well as our Cera-Met family with quarterly fundraising events. Click on the Community Involvement logo for more information.
As General Manager of Cera-Met, David Bertram is responsible for running all facets of the business. David has over 39 years of sales, and manufacturing experience within the Investment Casting Industry. Prior to the Sales Manager position, he served as Operation Manager at Cera-Met. He also served as Account Manager for Howmet Casting Bethlehem where he handled several key programs.
As Process Engineering Manager, Al Webb is responsible for process control and product metallurgical integrity. Previously he was Front End Operations Manager. Al brings with him over 40 years of experience in all phases of investment casting processes including the ability to reduce cost and improve Quality and Productivity. Prior to Cera-met, he served as the N.E. Territory Manager at Remet and also spent several years at Atlantic Castings and Engineering as the Front End Operations Manager. Prior to Atlantic, Al worked for Alcoa and PCC where he held various management positions. Outside of work, Al enjoys bowling and spending time with family and grandchildren.
As Controller and Financial Manager of Cera-Met, Maria Schwartz is responsible for all of the financial activities of the business. Maria has been instrumental in developing and improving processes for various administrative functions achieving year over year cost savings for the business. Prior to Cera-Met, Maria was the Controller for Alcoa at the Bethlehem facility as well as Financial Analyst for the Aluminum Investment Casting sector of Alcoa. Maria also has two years of Public Accounting experience functioning as an Auditor with Kreischer Miller & Co in Horsham, PA. Her passions outside of work are spending quality time with her family, reading, singing, crafting, and writing.
Maria graduated from Bloomsburg University with a BA in Accounting.
As HR and Production Control Manager, Jamie Raines has the dual role of being responsible for activities relating to the employees of Cera-Met, as well as the planning and scheduling of our castings. Previously, Jamie worked for Alcoa as the Plant Manager's administrative assistant. Prior to Alcoa, Jamie held various administrative roles in the healthcare and hospitality industries.
Jamie obtained her Masters Certificate in Human Resources Management from Villanova University and also has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management from Pennsylvania State University, where she was also a member of the Women’s Gymnastics Team.
As Quality Manager at Cera-Met, Steve Huber is responsible for both Quality Control and Quality Assurance Functions. Steve also manages Cera-Met's Environmental, Health and Safety Program and all environmental permitting for the company. He has been an integral part of Cera-Met's organization since 1981 and has additionally held positions in Engineering, Manufacturing and Sales.
Steve has an Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and earned a Master Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Six Sigma Black Belt through Villanova Univeristy. He is also fluent in German.
As Product Engineering Manager of Cera-Met, Paul Krawiec is responsible for tooling and dimensional integrity of the product. Paul has a proven track record and over 25 years of experience in the Casting industry. Prior to joining Cera-Met, Paul was a Senior Dimensional Engineer / Tooling Process Owner for Howmet Dover where he was involved with the development and maintenance of the corporate tooling manual. Before that, he served as a Manufacturing Engineer for Teledyne Cast Products developing tooling and processes required for Aluminum and Magnesium sand castings.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from California Polytechnic University of Pomona.