Component Manufacturers

Lasco Composites LP has hired husband-and-wife team Cezar and Irene Capanescu as vice-president of research and development and senior chemist, respectively. Cezar Capanescu is formerly of Kemlite Co Inc and British Petroleum (BP), and Irene Capanescu is formerly of Kemlite Co and Xerxes.

Ed Daniel has joined Hansen International as a sales representative to cover Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.For the past 28 years, he has worked for Austin Hardware & Supply in sales and purchasing. Donald J McFarland has joined Hansen as a sales and engineering representative. He has more than 16 years' experience at Cleveland Hardware in Ohio.

PPG Industries has appointed Gretchen Jezerc director — global marketing for its Automotive Refinish business unit. Jezerc joins PPG from Whirlpool, where she has held several marketing positions. She will relocate to Pittsburgh PA, corporate headquarters of PPG.

Durakon Industries has promoted Karen Lewis from district manager to southwest regional sales manager. She manages a territory that comprises Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Indian Head Industries/MGM Brakes has promoted Rod Richardson to director of sales — OEM/OES North America. He most recently was North American sales manager — OEM/OES.

Bostik Findley Inc has named Robert F Bickley territory manager responsible for sales and related marketing efforts throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. He was most recently a sales professional with the Bonding Systems Division of 3M Corp. Bostik Findley has named Mark S Trispel territory manager for Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. Trispel was most recently national sales manager with FPC Corp.

The Caterpillar Truck Engine Division has appointed Steve Brown as field operations manager, Gary Blood as OEM sales manager, and John Zimmerman as product support manager. Most recently, Brown was manager of the Caterpillar Truck Engine Product Support Division. Blood previously was Northeast Region distribution manager, and Zimmerman served in the Parts and Service Support Division as manager of the Service Information Division.

Proplas Ltd has appointed Tom Perks general manager. His focus will be to increase both productivity and market share for the RoaDor system.

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