Joseph Lancia, who served previously as president and chief executive officer of Dispoz-o Products, Fountain Inn, S.C., will assume a similar role overseeing the merger of Dispoz-o and Fort Calhoun, Neb.-based Wilkinson Industries Inc.


The appointment was announced in a news release from Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Mid Oaks Investments LLC, which acquired Dispoz-o and merged it with Wilkinson back in April.


Wilkinson has been owned by Mid Oaks since 2004.


“Joe comes to us with substantial leadership capabilities and remarkable business expertise, playing a major role in the successful growth of Dispoz-o over the last six years,” Wayne Kocourek, chairman and chief executive officer of Mid Oaks Investments, said in the release.


Before leading Dispoz-o, Lancia was president of Strategic Investments, an international investment banking and financial services firm. At Dispoz-o, Lancia added executives, which led to significant improvements throughout the company, including expanded margins and productivity improvements, according to the release.


“Our goal for the combined company is to continue creating value for our customers that’s driven by innovation and sustainability, and to provide one of the broadest ranges of packaging products and disposables with the ease of ordering from just one manufacturer,” Lancia said in the release.