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Otis Technology founder steps down, other executive appointments made

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LYONS FALLS — Doreen A. Garrett has stepped down from her roles as president and CEO of Otis Technology, a gun-cleaning-kit company she started at the age of 16.

That was in 1985. Since then, the business has grown out of her parents’ home in the town of Leyden to a state-of-the-art facility off Laura Street and is southern Lewis County’s largest private employer, with more than 100 employees.

Ms. Garrett will remain on Otis Technology’s advisory board.

Leonard R. Puzzuoli, chief financial officer at Otis since 2009, took over as CEO Jan. 1.

In a news release, Ms. Garrett said, “We are pleased and excited to have Len in this key leadership role. We welcome the strengths he brings in financial leadership, strategic planning and positioning the company for continued growth.”

“I recognize the responsibilities and challenges ahead of us, and look forward to guiding Otis in our next phase of growth,” Mr. Puzzuoli said. “We are excited to continue to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations. I appreciate the confidence the advisory board has shown in me and the entire Otis team.”

In a related move, Harold F. Philbrick was promoted to the position of vice president of operations. Mr. Philbrick will be responsible for leading the manufacturing, warehousing, quality assurance and materials teams.

He previously held the position of director of operations and has been with Otis since July 2009.

Additionally, James Brooker has assumed the role of vice president of engineering, research and development. He leads the research and development team in Otis’s Engineering Center of Excellence, based in Oswego County.

Mr. Brooker has been with Otis Technology since September 2009 and formerly held the position of director of engineering.

Mr. Puzzuoli said, “I congratulate Jim and Harold on these well-deserved promotions. We have a great team and we are all looking forward to driving the next chapter in Otis’s remarkable history.”


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