Innovative Manufacturers’ Center names board

Nicholas Gilson
Lynne Krape

WILLIAMSPORT — The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC), a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing central Pennsylvania manufacturers’ innovation, productivity and profitable growth, has named Nicholas Gilson of Gilson Boards and Lynne Krape, of APC International, Inc. to its board of directors.

Gilson is founder, owner and CEO of Gilson Boards, a manufacturer of snowboards and skis located in Winfield. He is a 2011 graduate from Johns Hopkins with a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. He taught middle school science in Nashville, Tenn. before following his passion full-time. He has received numerous awards in innovative product development and leadership and holds several snowboard patents. Gilson Boards made Wired’s “Gear of the Year” list in 2015, and in 2016, the company was named as one of Outside Magazine’s favorite brands born in America.

Krape is Director of Human Resources at APC International, a leading global supplier of piezoelectric ceramic shapes, transducers, piezo devices and piezo application support services. She is a member of the National Notary Association and SHRM. Krape resides in Clinton County with her husband and is active in various clubs and organizations, including veteran affairs.

Gilson and Krape joined the Innovative Manufacturers Board of Directors in June and will serve a three-year term. IMC also elected new officers at its June meeting: Tracy Brundage, chair; Keith Atherholt, vice chair; and Terri Fry, secretary/treasurer. Dr. Brundage is vice president for Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology located in Williamsport,  Atherholt is president of Lewis Lumber Products located in Picture Rocks and  Fry is vice president of Strategic Planning & Fabrication with Jersey Shore Steel Company headquartered in Jersey Shore.

Founded in 1988, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center works with Central PA manufacturers to help them innovate, grow and prosper. Supported through the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Partnerships for Regional & Economic Performance (PREP) program, IMC serves manufacturers in Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, Clinton, Centre, Mifflin, Juniata, Huntington, Blair, and Bedford Counties.