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Novinium Announces November New Hires

December 2, 2016

Kent-based cable rejuvenation firm brings new talent to its team

Novinium, an end-to-end safety and reliability solutions provider for utilities, announced today the hiring of four new team members. The new hires include:

  • James Schlagenhaft is the new regional operations manager for the Southwest region. In this position, Schlagenhaft is responsible for providing leadership, supervision and technical expertise across area managers in the Southwest region. Schlagenhaft comes to Novinium with six years of operational management experience in the solar photovoltaic industry and was most recently director of operations at Horizon Solar Power. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Redlands.
  • Jason McCary is a chemist and will work with Novinium to aggressively expand its research and development initiatives and help bring new technologies to market. McCary comes to Novinium from the aerospace industry where he was a formulations scientist focused on explosives research and development. Prior to that, McCary worked at the United States Army Dugway Proving Ground, where he worked on the methodology surrounding the safe handling of improvised explosive devices. McCary’s expertise is in formulation and process development for analytical chemistry techniques. He holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University.
  • Chris Forbis joins Novinium as a controls and instrumentation engineer. Forbis will be part of a dedicated team focused on improving capabilities in design, implementation, controls measurement and instrumentation system for Novinium products. His background is more than a decade of plant automation support in the manufacturing sector. Forbis holds a degree in electrical engineering from Henry Cogswell College in Everett, WA.
  • Lee Getzewich is a project manager in the engineering division. Getzewich will be responsible for project management and development of new products for Novinium. He comes to Novinium with almost 20 years of new product development and product line management experience, most recently with Romac Industries in Bothell, Washington. Before that, Getzewich spent 12 years working in the outdoor industry for Cascade Designs in Seattle. Getzewich holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and holds the patent or patent pending on five product designs.

“We are excited about all of the new talent joining us here at Novinium,” said Mark Newton, vice president of research and development for Novinium. “The additions to our team significantly enhance Novinium’s capabilities in the areas of management, engineering, chemistry and product development. These skills are critical as Novinium continues to be the leader in creating and implementing innovative solutions to assist utilities with infrastructure challenges.”

Novinium provides underground cable rehabilitation for more than 300 utility customers across the globe.


About Novinium

Novinium provides an end-to-end solution for utilities looking for a fast and reliable way to address ongoing infrastructure maintenance that no one else can match. The company offers scientifically proven cable rejuvenation to restore underground cables to like-new state, and a system that prevents manhole explosion events. Novinium’s cable rejuvenation solution is a reliable, cost-efficient option that allows utilities to safely maintain more infrastructure with the same or less budget compared to replacement.  For more information visit: