LANGHORNE, Pa. — Eastern Catalytic has appointed Charles Pantano to head up its emissions certification efforts. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The announcement was made by George Schafer, president of Eastern Manufacturing, who noted, “As a leading manufacturer of world class catalytic converters, it is extremely important for us to be able to quickly and effectively meet the ongoing requirements of global emissions. Charles Pantano comes to us with a great deal of engineering and design experience and expertise, as well as a strong, hands-on knowledge of the automotive business. We will be looking to him to provide us with the leadership to address our certification needs and further expand Eastern’s catalog of certified catalytic converters.” In this new role, Pantano will be responsible for assuring that Eastern Catalytic products are designed to meet the testing requirements and performance compliance criteria established for catalytic converters by various regulatory agencies, including CARB and EPA. His duties will include: defining production exhaust configurations; technical liaison to component suppliers; qualifying technologies and ensuring performance, durability, and quality compliance; supporting catalyst development and certification programs, production selection of catalyst, product verifications and validation and assistance of commercial launch for new converters. Before joining Eastern Catalytic, Pantano enjoyed a successful career as an electro-mechanical engineer. Most recently, he worked as a product design engineer for Advent Design (Bristol, Pa.) from 2006-2009 where he designed and manufactured high speed automated assembly equipment for various industries. From 2004-2006, Pantano was a senior mechanical engineer at Ocean Power Technology (Ewing, N.J.) and was responsible for the designing and fabricating of large-scale ocean buoys that generate renewable energy through wave power. Prior to that, he spent five years as an electrical/mechanical engineer with Alpha Automation (Trenton, N.J.). Advertisement In addition to his career activities, Pantano is also an automotive performance buff and active NHRA drag racer. Since 1982, Pantano has designed and built various engines for local racers. He has an NHRA competition license and competes locally in NHRA events. He also holds an Amateur Radio Operator Advance Ticket.