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ArvinMeritor's Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket (CVA) business has appointed Todd Kindem director of sales and marketing-North America. He was most recently the director-global sales, heavy vehicle with Dana Corp's Heavy Vehicle Technologies and Systems Service business unit. Kindem will be based in CVA's Florence KY Parts Distribution Center and executive offices. Ed Frutig has been named vice-president and general manager of the CVA's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) Chassis Systems. He most recently served as vice-president of global sales and engineering at Cooper-Standard Automotive.

Austin Hardware & Supply Inc has hired David S Engel as territory sales manager for Iowa and Minnesota. He has 23 years' experience in the truck equipment industry and worked the past eight years as a market manager for TriMark Corp. Austin Hardware has hired Patrick Kieselbach as territory sales manager for North Carolina and South Carolina. He brings eight years' experience in the automotive industry, most recently as automotive division manager for Hettich America of Alpharetta GA.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has promoted John Allgaier to director of corporate accounts. Before his promotion, he was a national accounts manager for Bendix.

Gopal Padmanabhan, longtime product development engineer for Havco Wood Products, has been promoted to vice-president of product development.

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