Oglebay Norton Co. recently announced that Michael J. Minkel has been named to the new position of senior vice president, operations. Minkel joined Oglebay Norton in 2000, and since 2003 has served as vice president, marketing and business development. In the new position, he will be responsible for all operational aspects of the company's business, as well as sales, marketing and business development. "Michael has successfully led the company's marketing and business development efforts for the past several years," said Michael D. Lundin, president and chief executive officer. "His focus in this new position will be on integrating production and distribution with our sales, marketing and business development activities across operations. We believe our collection of strategically located, high-quality, long-life mineral reserves and related assets creates significant market opportunities. This new position will further enable us to operate as an integrated production and distribution network and take full advantage of these opportunities."