Component manufacturers

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co has named Ted J Fick vice-president-commercial systems, a newly created position. He joins Goodyear from Hino Diesel Trucks Inc, where he was senior vice-president and chief operating officer.

Caterpillar has appointed two managers, Larry Dicks and Steve Brown, to head the company's field operations division, which has been split into east and west divisions. Chuck Avery has been named to manage the newly formed Bus and Specialty Vehicle Group within the On-Highway Engine Division.

ArvinMeritor Inc has appointed Bonnie Wilkinson vice-president and secretary. She began her career at ArvinMeritor in 1997 as assistant general counsel.

OMCO has named Jim Schaefer chief operating officer for the OMCO Co. He has held various executive positions in specialty chemical and oil companies including 15 years with British Petroleum.

Gary L Wasney has joined Ridewell Suspensions as manager of Canadian sales. His background includes 15 years of sales management for Kalyn-Siebert and Trail King with experience in maintenance and operations management of heavy-duty construction and transportation equipment.

R•O•M Corp has appointed Alan Mestdagh as Midwest territory manager based in Kansas City MO. He has more than 15 years' experience in sales and marketing.

Webasto Thermosystems has named Joe Kirby truck group director. He previously was director of national accounts for Meritor Automotive in Troy MI.

The Valspar Corp has named John Ballbach president and chief operating officer, Steve Erdahl executive vice-president-industrial and automotive coatings, and Bill Mansfield executive vice-president-architectural, packaging, and specialty coatings. Ballbach most recently was senior vice-president-EPS, CCA, and operations; Erdahl was senior vice-president-industrial and packaging; and Mansfield senior vice-president-architectural, packaging, and specialty coatings.

CorTec, a Crane Co company, has hired Nathan Walton as its new national sales manager. Walton, formerly the Denver CO area district manager for Kemlite Co, will relocate to Washington Court House OH.

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