Component manufacturers

Alcoa Wheel Products has named Samantha Gerhardt account manager and relocated her to Portland OR to focus on OEM commercial vehicle business in the region. She worked most recently in the southeastern United States. Merrick Murphy has also been named account manager and has been relocated to North Carolina to focus on that region. Murphy previously served Alcoa as a market manager for commercial vehicle wheels.

Peter Ristau has ben named by Vanguard National Parts as West Coast regional manager. He joins regional managers Jeff Driver (East Coast) and Larry Brown (Plains States).

Rob Howes has joined Karmak as the new regional manager for Canada, overseeing all provinces except British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta. His background includes positions with a suspension manufacturer, a distributor, an extended-warranty supplier, and a truck dealership.

Charlie Wade has returned to Hallco Mfg after leaving in 2002 to join a hauling company. He will handle sales in the eastern United States. Jerry Phares also has joined Hallco's sales team. He has several years' experience with a hauling company as a terminal manager.

Spray Control Systems Inc has hired Jason Johnson, a University of Minnesota-Duluth graduate, for a full-time sales/product specialist position.

TSE Brakes Inc has added Roger McEvoy as marketing manager, and he will be based at the firm's Fresno CA headquarters. He most recently was in sales and marketing with the Volvo Group.

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