Richard Griffith is president of and design engineer for Sturges Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Utica, NY. He is responsible for the company’s financial performance and strategic initiatives. As design engineer, he determines the performance requirements for the particular webbing application, specifies raw materials and designs the weave construction. He further specifies the verification testing required in production and reviews and approves production documents for the design. He also performs research and development using new materials or processes to determine if new products could be produced to meet market needs.