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Eaton Corporation announced that Kenneth F Davis has been named president-Vehicle Group, effective January 1, 2011, succeeding Joseph P Palchak, who has decided to retire at the end of June 2011. Palchak will continue to report to Craig Arnold, vice-chairman and chief operating officer-Industrial Sector, and will assist with the transition until his retirement. Davis' current role as president-Americas for Eaton's Vehicle Group will not be filled.

Grote Industries has appointed Bill Fleming to lead its West coast sales team as aftermarket western regional manager. He has been with NAPA Auto & Truck Parts since 1990 serving in sales support, marketing development, business development of national accounts, heavy-duty business development, and product management.

Kevin Teichroew has been named national agriculture sales manager and will now oversee all sales activities in the Agriculture Business Unit at Shur-Co. He most recently was its OEM and key accounts sales manager. Mike Krajewski has been appointed national construction sales manager and will manage all sales activities in the Construction Business Unit at Shur-Co while maintaining his role as national marketing manager. He held previous marketing and engineering positions with Lester Electrical, Lockheed Martin, and Goodyear. Tim Numbers has been appointed OEM and key accounts sales manager in the Shur-Co Construction Business Unit. He has been with the company for 16 years, serving as Northeast Region sales manager for the past three years.

Wolf Robotics has named Kevin McWhirter regional manager for Canada's Eastern region. His sales area will include the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, and he will be based in the Belwood, Ontario area. He has more than 15 years of experience in advanced robotic welding functionality.

Russ Lucas has been hired to fill the new position of severe-duty fleet manager for Webb Wheel Products Inc-Transit Business Unit. He previously worked for Telma SA for 15 years, most recently as manager of the national accounts department. Webb's Aftermarket Business has hired Ed Smith as fleet sales manager. He has represented companies in the heavy truck industry for more than 25 years, most recently as national accounts manager for Champion Laboratories/Luber-Finer Filters.

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