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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TPI Composites, Inc., (TPI) (Nasdaq:TPIC), the only independent manufacturer of composite wind blades with a global footprint, announced today that it has hired Joseph Kerkhove as its Senior Vice President, Strategic Markets, effective October 27, 2017. In this position, Joe will lead TPI's business development initiatives to expand the application of TPI's advanced composite technologies to strategic markets such as aerospace and transportation. Prior to joining TPI, Joe served in various commercial and business development roles for over 20 years at Arconic Inc. and Alcoa Corporation, prior to its separation from Arconic. From 2014 to 2016, Joe served as a Commercial Vice President for Arconic's forgings and extrusion business, where he oversaw its sales, business development, marketing and customer service activities. Prior to this role, Joe served in various commercial and business development positions in the Aerospace and Defense, Engineered Structures, Hard Alloy Extrusion & Tube divisions of Alcoa, where he led various sales and business development activities for many aerospace and other strategic accounts of Alcoa. Joe holds a BS in Industrial Management/Manufacturing Management from Purdue University. Steve Lockard, TPI's President and CEO commented, "With over two decades developing advanced aerospace and automotive applications for aluminum, titanium and nickel products with leading OEMs, we are very pleased to have Joe leading our business development initiatives to expand the application of our advance composites technology into strategic markets such as aerospace and transportation." About TPI Composites, Inc. TPI Composites, Inc. is the only U.S.-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for the wind energy market with a global footprint. TPI delivers high-quality, cost-effective composite solutions through long term relationships with leading wind turbine manufacturers. TPI is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and operates factories throughout the U.S., China, Mexico, and Turkey.