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Servotronics leader resigns following investigation

ELMA, NY (WKBW) – The head of Servotronics, Inc. in Elma has resigned over sexual harassment and other allegations.

The company issued a press release on Monday saying Kenneth Trbovich had resigned as CEO and chairman and removed from his post as chairman of the board, “after an internal investigation of nearly six months identified the reasons for his dismissal “.

The company said Monday’s announcement, which was first reported by The Buffalo News, followed an internal investigation authorized by its board of directors on June 8 when Trbovich was put on administrative leave – a day after a former employee filed a civil complaint against the CEO’s conduct. .

An independent and external lawyer conducted the investigation.

A 102-page complaint filed in the state’s Supreme Court in June describes the allegations of former employee Deneb Pirrone.

Among the allegations, he accuses Trbovich of engaging in “a pervasive pattern of gravely offensive and relentless sexual harassment of male employees like Pirrone.”

He also accuses her of sexually harassing female contractors with the company.

The complaint also states that male employees were forced to “visit brothels and engage with prostitutes on overseas business trips” and forced the company’s employees and customers to shut down. go to strip clubs.

According to the press release from Servotronics, Trbovich was informed on December 1 that “grounds for dismissal” had been identified during the investigation. A board meeting on December 22 was scheduled to hear Trbovich, but he resigned the day before.

“At its meeting on December 22, the board of directors accepted his resignation, removed him from his role as chairman and, based on the findings of the investigation, determined that he had committed intentional misconduct. which would have justified his dismissal. The Company did not disclose any other findings of the investigation, relating to personnel issues. “

Servotronics said that while its board sought a permanent replacement, it appointed James Takacs, COO, to take on the responsibilities of CEO and chairman.

The non-salaried directors of the Board of Directors stated, “Our highly skilled workforce and experienced management team have ensured that Servotronics continues to live up to its reputation of meeting and exceeding high standards of quality and reliability of governments, defense, commerce, consumers and other customers, which has been built up over more than six decades. This team experienced sequential sales growth in the second and third quarters of this year, while continuing to invest in human resources, product development and production capabilities designed to position Servotronics for the future. We look forward to providing Jim Takacs and his team with the resources they need to continue to run, while the Board of Directors actively seeks a new CEO. “

Trbovich remains a director of the board of directors. However, the company says it “has no plans to re-nominate him for election to the board of directors at the 2022 annual meeting of shareholders.”

Servotronics is a publicly traded company. The company designs, develops and manufactures parts for airplanes, jet engines and military jets. She also designs and manufactures cutlery and pocket knives.

It employs 340 people with an annual turnover of 55.3 million dollars.