|AB '58 Econ; AM '59
The Winsford Corporation
The Winsford Corporation has two operating divisions: Forbes Industries, Inc. (Ontario, CA) and The Harloff Company, Inc. (Colorado Springs, CO). Forbes provides products worldwide for the hospitality industry; Harloff’s products are used by hospitals and other health-related facilities in the United States.
Following his graduation from U-M, Sweetland joined the American Cement Corporation, where he worked until 1969, serving finally as Executive Vice President, COO and a member of the Board of Directors.
In 1970, Sweetland was elected President of Shareholders Capital Corporation, a money management and real estate investment firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, London and Munich.
In 1975, Sweetland and a partner bought National Portland Cement Company (Florida) and, in 1980, formed Pacific Coast Cement Corporation (California), both of which were sold in 1990. These two companies were the largest cement importers in the United States.
Sweetland has served on the U-M Dean’s Advisory Council since 1995. He also served as a trustee of Union Theological Seminary in New York and is a member of the International Advisory Board, Direct Relief International.
He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, served as deputy mayor of the City of Detroit, and was chairman of the board of trustees of Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.