Honeywell Inc. recently announced Larry Smith, former planet manager at the Honeywell Metropolis Works, has been promoted to the position of director integrated supply chain, supporting fluorine products, based in Baton Rouge, La. With Smith’s departure as plant manager, Jim Pritchett was chosen to succeed Smith as plant manager in Metropolis in early December.
For the past three years, Smith has provided leadership of the Metropolis site. He recently oversaw the successful execution of $40 million in investments in the facility to upgrade the safety of the plant, restart manufacturing operations for our customers and preserve 270 good full-time jobs — half of which are union positions — in the Metropolis community.
Pritchett has served at the plant since joining Honeywell in 2011 and has worked closely with Smith on understanding all facets of the operations. He will report directly to Smith and the two will ensure a smooth and seamless transition, according to Honeywell spokesperson Peter Dalpe.
In his current role as operations manager and nuclear services leader, Pritchett has played a key leadership role during the recent safety upgrades and operational turnaround in Metropolis.
Prior to Honeywell, Pritchett served in leadership roles with Dow Chemical and Goodyear. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
“Like Larry, Jim is committed to keeping Metropolis on the path to becoming a reliable partner to its customers, who are counting on us to deliver the UF6 they critically need for their operations. Jim is a tireless advocate for safety and will continue Larry’s work to integrate strong safety practices during the site’s continuing maturation in the Honeywell Operating System,” said Dalpe.
In Smith’s new role, he will oversee eight Honeywell fluorine products facilities worldwide. He joined Honeywell in 2007 as vice president, Integrated Supply Chain for UOP before taking over management of Metropolis in 2010.