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2018 John Kidd Award Winner

Hardin Wells – Winner of the 2018 John Kidd Award

The John Kidd award is presented annually to the individual whose performance and character best exhibits the pursuit of excellence and integrity in the field of Dual Laminates.  Nominations are evaluated from fabricators, material suppliers, inventors, consultants and end users. 

We are proud to announce that Hardin Wells takes top honors with this year’s award.  His career in composites spans more than 32 years.  Amazingly, all of that has been with a single firm.  Not many of us can make that same claim.  Hardin has long been recognized both inside Albemarle and in the composites industry at large as materials expert.  Recently, Albemarle went one step further and recognized him with the enviable title of “Fellow” – one that is quite rare in the ranks of chemical engineers with his company.

Hardin has made a career of challenging the status quo and looking for opportunities to work with materials suppliers, fabricators and installers to improve technologies and thus grow the use of dual laminate materials in challenging industrial applications.  He brings unique skills, precision and planning into his role at Albemarle, while maintaining a wonderful balance with his role as husband and father in his family life.  Hardin Wells truly exemplifies the character and contributions embodied in the John Kidd award and we congratulate him on yet another achievement.

2017 John Kidd Award Winner: Steve Linnemann, RL Industries, Inc.


The John Kidd award is presented annually to the individual whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence and integrity in the field of Dual Laminates. The individual can be a fabricator, material supplier, inventor, consultant, end user, welder, or anyone else who has been instrumental in the development fabrication, or promotion of Dual Laminates.

John Kidd Award Winners Nominations