William “Billy” Bellefontaine was recently announced as President of Brown Eagle Contractors, Inc. He will be responsible for strengthening the logistic company’s operational success and furthering market growth.
Bellefontaine brings more than four decades of engineering, logistics and supply chain management experience to the helm of Brown Eagle. He previously served as Supply Chain Expertise Director at Dow Chemical.
“We met William through our business with Dow and knew right away we wanted him to be a part of our team,” Brown Eagle Owner and CEO Lela Mae Wilkes said. “His expertise and industry knowledge will help us continue the expansion of our operations across the Gulf South.”
While at Dow, he spent a decade traveling the world as the Global Improvement Leader for Plastics. He assisted 16 plant start-ups, including the world’s largest chemical complex built in a single phase, the Sadara Chemical Company. He also carries three patents for packaging innovations.
“I’ve been involved in every aspect of supply chain management from the plant to the customer and dealt with everything from material handling to shipping to customer relations,” Bellefontaine said.
Brown Eagle is its own niche in logistics labor, he said. The company serves as an industry partner, providing more on-site services and asset investment than a typical third-party company. Brown Eagle’s dedication to its chemical industry partners, workforce diversity and strong safety culture make the business a perfect fit for him, he said.
“I look forward to continuing my work with people in this industry,” he said. “The chemical industry in the Gulf Coast is first-class because the people are first-class.”
Bellefontaine, a native of Hopeville, Va., has been a Louisiana resident for more than 50 years. He and his wife Dana have three children and two grandchildren.