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Servotronics CEO on paid leave in sexual harassment investigation

Servotronics, the Elma-based company that primarily manufactures servo valves and other components for aircraft, has announced that chairman and CEO Kenneth Trbovich has been placed on paid administrative leave while the company conducts an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and business misconduct.

Business First reports that Chief Operating Officer James Takacs will take over Trbovich's roles during his absence.

The allegations were made in a June 7 legal civil complaint filed in State Supreme Court by Deneb Pirrone, who is a Servotronics employee and shareholder. Also named as defendants in the complaint are the Servotronics Board of Directors and its Ontario Knife subsidiary in Franklinville, for which Trbovich is President and CEO.

Pirrone is reportedly seeking damages of up to $5 million.

According to the company website, Trbovich was appointed Chairman and CEO in 2017, having previously served as President and Director of the company since 2012. He joined Servotronics in 1993 and is listed as co-inventor on multiple patents or patents-pending owned by the company.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.