MANUFACTURERS – October 2016

San Antonio-based Robert Ober & Associates, LLC has named Alec Woodson as vice president of Business Development. During his tenure with the department, management notes, he has worked with clients plus internal engineering and architectural staff to produce world-class plant installations for concrete and materials producers. Woodson will be responsible for sourcing business and translating the needs of the clients to all Ober & Associates departments.  Engineering and architectural staff will report to him.

Alec Woodson

Matthew Boler has been elected chairman of The Boler Co., the Itasca, Ill., parent of Hendrickson International. He succeeds his father John Boler, who passed away in March 2016, and assumes the title in addition to his president and chief executive officer duties. His election ensures that the strategic direction of the company remains unchanged, and positions him to continue pursuing John Boler’s vision for the Hendrickson business, spanning medium- and heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle systems; auxiliary lift axles systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; plus, bumper and trim components.

Matthew Boler
Matthew Boler

Lennart Brelin has been appointed president of Niagara Falls, Ontario-based Palfinger North America Group, reporting to the executive board of Palfinger AG in Salzburg, Austria. With extensive market insight and 20-plus years’ experience in North and South America regions, Palfinger AG officials note, Brelin is uniquely qualified to grow the Americas business while adding value to the brand and customers. Direct reports will include Business Area Vice Presidents Mark Wood, North America, and Ingo Erhardt, South America.

Olathe, Kan.-based Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials testing services, has acquired Mayes Testing Engineers of Lynnwood, Wash., near Seattle. Terracon is retaining all of the 100-plus employees of Mayes, which was formed in 1991 through acquisition of Boss Testing. Mayes is known as one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest providers of construction quality assurance services, with in-depth welding, concrete, soils, masonry, asphalt, and non-destructive testing experience.

The transition is effective immediately. The company operates as Mayes Testing Engineers, A Terracon Company. The Mayes team provides special inspections, materials testing, condition surveys and other materials consulting for owners, developers, architects, contractors, and structural engineers.

Peterbilt Motors Co. received three Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council awards in the areas of Operational Excellence Leadership, Test Flow Improvement and Truck Assembly Process Efficiency, the latter also garnering Higher Achiever recognition. Peterbilt has won nine Manufacturing Leadership awards over the past three years.

The Manufacturing Leadership and Higher Achiever awards for Truck Assembly Process Efficiency recognize a plant-wide initiative to streamline multiple manufacturing process stages. “That program resulted in record daily production while increasing assembly flexibility, reducing waste and improving overall manufacturing efficiency,” notes Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Operations Leon Handt. The Test Flow Improvement project optimized truck testing and validation processes for greater volume, he adds.

Effective this month, Rickard Lundberg has been appointed vice president and general manager for Mack Trucks’ Lehigh Valley operations. The Lower Macungie Township, Pa., facility produces all Mack models built for North American and export markets. Lundberg transitions from a three-year assignment as vice president, Powertrain Production, at the Volvo Group’s Köping, Sweden, plant. Since joining Volvo in 1989, he has held positions in production, logistics, purchasing and quality.

Kansas City, Mo.-based air brake specialist Haldex has appointed Walter Frankiewicz as senior vice president North American Sales, tasked with leading efforts to take the business into the next generation of brake technology. Frankiewicz brings 30 years of executive leadership and experience in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, having previously served as president at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC. In addition, he served as Meritor vice president and general manager, Strategy and Business Planning and Global Chassis Systems, and ArvinMeritor Inc. president and general manager.