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Albany International Chairman Honored for Excellence in Management


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Francis L. McKone, former chairman of Albany International Corp., has been awarded the 2001 Herman Louis Joachim Award for Excellence in Management. The award has been given annually since 1991 by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation.

McKone joined Albany International in 1964 in a technical capacity and was named president of the company in 1984. In 1993, he became president and chief executive officer, and was named chairman and CEO in 1998. He retired from that position earlier this year, but continues to serve on the company's board of directors. During his tenure with Albany International, the company became a leader in supplying new technologies to the paper industry.

Albany International is a global manufacturer of technologically sophisticated, structured materials supplied to the pulp and paper industry and other process industries. It is the world's largest producer of custom-engineered fabrics consumed in paper production. The company was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Albany, N.Y. It has approximately 6,900 employees with 41 operations in 15 countries.

McKone earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and his master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A native of Lowell, Mass., he currently resides in Cotuit, Mass.

The annual Joachim award honors a senior executive from the paper industry or an allied field whose career reflects management principles, entrepreneurial skills, and exemplary leadership. The late Herman Louis Joachim, for whom the award is named, was a native of France who had a long career in the paper industry in the United States. He managed paper mills throughout the United States and was responsible for numerous expansions and modernizations in the industry.

The award will be presented to McKone during the annual meeting of the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation, Oct. 11 at the Carousel Center Skydeck. The foundation supports the paper science and engineering program at ESF.