Universal Mfg. Co. is pleased to announce Mr. James W. Cluck, Jr. has accepted the critical role of president of Metal Works Mfg. Co. (MWM) and Ultra Armoring & Defense. Jim will be based in Shelby, North Carolina. Cluck has over 41 years of combined military and civilian federal service, including over 29 years' experience in Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Cluck served as the acquisition executive (AE) and the chief information officer (CIO) for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Prior assignments within the SOF Acquisition and Logistics Center include director of management; a program manager for intelligence systems; and program manager, C4I Automation Systems.
Cluck's military experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an aviation photographic-electronics technician, air defense officer, signals intelligence systems engineering officer, and intelligence/communications acquisition officer. Cluck is a graduate of The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina; has a master's degree in telecommunications systems management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and National Security Studies, Syracuse University.
He is a recipient of the David Packard Award, the USCINCSOC Quality Award and the 2013 R. Lynn Rylander Award. He is married to the former Valerie Wetherington of New Bern, North Carolina. Cluck's extensive military and defense experience, as well as his outstanding leadership ability, will most certainly ensure our metal works and ultra armoring divisions success and future growth.