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WABASH NATIONAL CORP has appointed Scott K Sorensen to the company's board of directors. He is vice-president and chief financial officer of Hillenbrand Industries Inc.

MACK TRUCKS INC has announced the appointment of three powertrain sales managers. Scott Barraclough will be responsible for the Northeast and Southeast regions, based in Allentown PA. He most recently served at Mack Powertrain Division in Hagerstown MD as a customer satisfaction engineer. Joe Scarnecchia will handle powertrain activities in the Central and Southwest Regions. He most recently served as a Mack district service manager in Ohio and will continue to be based in Niles OH. Steven de Sousa, who most recently served as the eastern region fleet service manager for Volvo Trucks Canada, will be responsible for Mack powertrain sales throughout Canada, based in Mississauga, Ontario.

Lawrence Botkin, a mechanical engineer who served as director of engineering at FRUEHAUF CORP, died February 4 after triple-bypass surgery January 27. In his career, Botkin received patents on 18 inventions, including the automatic shutoff feature on gasoline pump nozzles. He worked for Butler Mfg in Kansas City MO and Buckeye Iron and Brass in Dayton OH before joining Fruehauf at its Uniontown PA plant. He moved to Fruehauf's Omaha NE office in 1966 and remained there until his retirement in 1992. During his 31 years at Fruehauf, he became an expert in the design and construction of cargo tanks. After retirement, Botkin consulted on small engineering projects and provided expert witness testimony for product liability lawsuits.

STELLAR INDUSTRIES INC has appointed James Flatebo to the engineering department. He has worked at Stellar the past two summers in production control and as a CNC programmer. Brian Goll is the firm's new customer service representative. He previously served as the service and parts director at Ollenburg Motors in Garner IA.

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