The parent of rear and front discharge mixer truck leader McNeilus Cos. has announced an executive transition, effective January 2016: Wilson Jones, president and chief operating officer, will replace Charlie Szews as Oshkosh Corp. chief executive officer. Since his 2005 appointment as Oshkosh Airport Products Business Unit vice president and general manager, Jones has held executive vice president and president posts in the Access Equipment (JLG) and Fire & Emergency (Pierce) segments—companions to the Commercial segment over McNeilus. In addition to the CEO appointment, he will replace Szews on the Oshkosh board.
Joining Oshkosh in 1996 as chief financial officer, Szews served as president and COO from 2007 to 2011, when he was appointed to CEO. “During his career, Charlie led our company through numerous historical milestones and contributed to growth from $400 million in sales in 1996 to more than $6 billion expected in 2015,” says Oshkosh Chairman Richard Donnelly.
Advanced Concrete Technologies, Inc. in Greenland, N.H., has announced a seamless transition plan for its leadership team, naming Erik Johansen, vice president, successor to Max Hoene, president. Johansen has 20-plus years of experience in concrete mixing and batch plant equipment. An ACT co-founder, Hoene is transitioning to the post of chairman, focusing on key accounts and strategic planning. Combined with other management team members, ACT officials note, the appointments will ensure continuity in customer relationships, open up new opportunities, and bring the business to the next level of industry leadership.
Andy Conway has joined Schwing America as Northeast and Southeast regional manager for Ready-Mix Products. After an internship with Concrete & Materials Placement, he was hired as a sales representative for the Charlotte, N.C., operator, eventually serving in the additional dispatching, finishing, and placing capacities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial operations and management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Representatives from Sika Corp. parent company presented “More Value, Less Impact: Sustainable Value Creation in Construction Industry” at the 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM2015) in Bordeaux, France. Delivered during a session themed “From building design to district evaluation with LCM,” the presentation discussed how Sika faces construction business sustainability challenges by implementing life cycle thinking from product development to value selling and integrating sustainability into the business strategy, processes and communication.
Sika representatives portrayed “More Value–Less Impact” as a five-year strategy, and cited specific examples from company solutions where sustainability and life cycle thinking are key aspects. The LCM conferences are one of the leading series worldwide in the field of environmental, economic and social sustainability. They aim to develop practical solutions for the implementation of life cycle approaches into strategic and operational decision-making, and draw renowned members from academia, industry, nongovernmental organizations and public bodies.
The LCM2015 theme was “Mainstreaming Life Cycle Management for Sustainable Value Creation.” LCM helps make sustainability operational in organizations and other levels such as regions, conference sponsors contend, and it can also support the creation of measurable sustainable value.
Pat Griffin has been named president of Marmon-Herrington, Louisville, Ky.-based axle and transfer case manufacturer. With more than 25 years experience in the transportation industry, he most recently served as vice president of sales for Fontaine Modification Co.’s Vocational Services, overseeing strategic direction and business unit growth. Prior to joining Fontaine Modification last year, Griffin held executive leadership positions in engineering, quality and Lean Six Sigma with Wabash National Corp. and Hayes Lemmerz International.
Mt. Vernon, Mo-.based truck suspension specialist Reyco Granning has named Vice President of Engineering John Stuart as successor to the retiring Dave Compton, who during a four-year tenure as president oversaw revenue growth of 55 percent and a 30 percent workforce expansion. Stuart has 25 years of experience in the heavy-duty transportation industry, focusing on new product and business development, profit enhancement and global program management. He joined Reyco Granning after holding senior leadership positions at Hendrickson International and Navistar.
Hyundai Forklift has expanded its Eastern seaboard footprint, naming Bristol, Pa.-based Modern Group Ltd. as its newest authorized dealer. With 70 years in business, employee-owned Modern Group operates seven locations serving Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York City.