Zarrabi Elected Chairman of the Board

Ramin Zarrabi was elected chairman of the board of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance at the organization’s recent annual meeting. Zarrabi is plant manager at Tracker Marine Group in Miami. He succeeds Evan Hudson of Tulsa Centerless Bar Processing.

Chris Tietz was elected vice chairman. He is owner and president of Kirtz Shutters in Stillwater.

Others on the board of directors are Brad Boles, president of Wilco Machine and Fab in Marlow; and Billy McCullers, director of operations for SportChassis in Clinton.

Zarrabi has been the plant manager at Tracker Marine Group since 2007. Tracker Marine manufactures fiberglass fishing and recreational boats. They are sold at Bass Pro Shops around the world. Prior to Tracker Marine, Zarrabi served in various leadership roles for Maytag at facilities in Cleveland, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Mexico. Before that, he was a systems analyst for Magic Chef Company. He is an active member of the Grand Lake Manufacturers Council.

Kirtz Shutters was founded by Chris Tietz and a partner in 1987. Nearly 25 years later, the manufacturer has grown to 50 employees at its 35,000 square-foot factory. Tietz is now the sole owner and president. The company focuses on quality, which makes it one of the leading producers of high-end plantation shutters. Products are made from more than 45 different species of wood and are custom-built to each client’s specifications. Tietz was born and raised in Oklahoma and has been a general contractor, home builder and remodeler. He serves on the advisory board of OSU’s New Product Development Center.

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is a not-for-profit economic development organization working to improve Oklahoma’s manufacturing industry. Through a state-wide network of manufacturing extension agents and applications engineers, the Manufacturing Alliance provides hands-on resources for improving productivity, increasing sales, and reducing costs. In partnership with an array of organizations, the Manufacturing Alliance connects small and medium-sized companies to local expertise and state, regional, and national resources.