Baccara USA Announces Leadership Team

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Company's North American operation to be led by strategy and management experts

Baccara USA, a leading international manufacturer of fluid and process control solutions, announces its key leadership today. Jim Mannebach and Joseph Asfour of Blackbird Management Group LLC will work alongside President and CEO JD Johnson to lead operations for Baccara USA’s Tucson-based distribution center and Mexico production facility. This operation complements the company’s main location in Israel and additional distribution centers in Australia and the Benelux.

“Baccara has a rich history of engineering and specialization in the automation industry,” said Jim Mannebach, founding partner of Blackbird Management Group and Chairman of Baccara USA. “As Baccara USA expands through the North American market, we plan to leverage the company’s 50-year tradition of excellence while offering a compelling value proposition for our distributors.”

Mannebach is an expert in global operations strategy, cost production, lean manufacturing, and global sourcing and supply chain optimization. He formerly held the presidential position at IMI Plc and Chief Executive Officer of Norgren, leading the company to revenue of greater than $1.3 billion, growing sales volume by 74 percent over a four year period and doubling the company's operating profit margins.

“Bacarra USA is committed to offering distributors unique and compelling solutions,” said Joseph Asfour, operating advisor to Blackbird Management Group. “We are taking an innovative approach to addressing pain points in stocking terms, inventories, training, and the availability of customizations.”

Asfour has more than 20 years of experience as a sales and marketing executive with extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic roadmaps, leading companies to success in today’s global market. He has lead Wilshire Corporation, IMI Cornelius, IMI Norgren and DCI Marketing to success in new business and product development, increasing revenue and sales while developing successful leadership teams and fostering client relationships.

Baccara USA’s product offering includes a complete line of special purpose solenoid valves. Baccara produces a diverse range of valves that are suitable for harsh conditions including marine, chemical and heavy industries. Clients’ industries range from food and beverage equipment builders, HVAC and refrigeration, to water purification and medical devices.

About Baccara USA
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Baccara USA manufactures fluid and process control solutions for customers in dozens of industries. Known as an innovator in fluid and process control solutions, Baccara USA also provides flexibility, competitive pricing and the ability to produce short-run manufacturing solutions. Baccara USA’s comprehensive customer service line includes engineering solutions, supervising installation and on-site product support. For more information, please visit,

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