Lockyear is based at the Briggs &
Stratton Commercial Power headquarters in
Doosan Portable Power Names
Doosan announced that Mike Ballweber
has been named president of Doosan Portable
Power, replacing Shawn Sweet. Ballweber
was vice president of Product Management
for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment
(DICE), North America and Oceania regions.
He joined Bobcat Co. (a DICE brand) in
1998, and he has experience in operations;
sales, product management and quality management; dealer development; demand and
inventory planning; and customer support. In
particular, Doosan said, Ballweber brings experience surrounding Tier 4 final transitioning.
Yoshikawa New President
At Kubota Tractors
Kubota Corp. has
Yoshikawa as the
new president of
Kubota Tractor Corp.
(KTC), Torrance, Calif.
Yoshikawa, a 32-year
recently held the position of general manager, Corporate Planning & Control Dept. for
Kubota Corp. in Osaka, Japan. He succeeds
Yuichi (Ken) Kitao, who served as president
from January 2011 to October 2013, prior to
his recent appointment as general manager of
Kubota’s Farm and Utility Machinery Division.
During his tenure with Kubota, Yoshikawa
has spent nearly 13 years in U.S.-based
assignments, most recently as president,
Kubota Credit Corp., from 2003 to 2007.
Weissburg To Succeed
Olney At Volvo CE
Martin Weissburg, 51, has been
Weissburg has been the president of
appointed as the new president of Volvo
Construction Equipment (Volvo CE).
Weissburg is currently president of the
Volvo Group’s customer finance com-
pany, Volvo Financial Services, VFS, and
a member of the group executive team.
He will assume his new position on Jan.
1, 2014, replacing Pat Olney. In October,
Olney announced he was leaving Volvo
to become chief operating officer of TRW
Automotive, also on Jan. 1, 2014.
VFS since 2010, and prior to that he served
as president of Volvo Financial Services
Americas from 2005 to 2010.
Prior to joining the Volvo Group,
he served as president of Great Dane
Financial, and as president of the furniture
manufacturing company Woodard LLC.
CUSTOM PRODUCTS: Custom Products
of Litchfield, Minn., has
named Scott Maki
to the newly created
position of vice president of development.
In this position, Maki
will oversee all development activity, as
well as influence and
establish the strategic
direction of the Litchfield-based supplier of
cabs and operator protective systems. Maki
will also act as a cross-functional liaison
among other teams within the company.
His first job after graduating from St.
Cloud State University in Minnesota was as
an engineer at Custom Products. Following
this role, he went on to hold an engineering manager position at Crenlo LLC and a
senior vice president position at McLaughlin
Maki rejoined Custom Products in the fall
and is based in the company’s headquarters
in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Major Staff Expansion At Odyne
Odyne Systems LLC, a supplier of hybrid
technology for large vehicles, has expanded its staff as the company gears up to
deliver more than 120 medium and heavy-duty trucks equipped with the Odyne plug-in
hybrid system under a $45 million award
from the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Michelle Ballard joins Odyne as a senior
systems engineer, focusing on telematics
and designing applications to use with statis-
tical data gathered from the hybrid system.
Ballard previously worked with Silver Linings
Systems as a project manager and sys-
tems engineer. Prior to that, she served over
10 years in the Army as a logistics officer
responsible for maintenance, transportation
and supply operations.
Larry Bartling has been appointed manufacturing manager, in charge of manufacturing strategy to install plug-in hybrid systems on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Bartling has over 30 years of manufacturing and product management experience in
industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Prior to joining the company, he held
manufacturing, engineering and operations
leadership positions in heavy equipment,
diesel engine and small gasoline engine
manufacturing, working for Caterpillar,
Waukesha Engine - Dresser Industries and
Briggs & Stratton Corp.
Robert Dowd joins Odyne as service
manager, with responsibility to assure service of vehicles through the Odyne distributor
organization. Dowd brings 25 years of engineering new-product development, testing
and service from the power generation and
automotive industries. Previous positions
held include engineering project manager at
MTU Onsite Energy, engineering program
manager of industrial generators at Generac
Power Systems and engineering project
manager of air-cooled engine development
at Generac Power Systems.
Leonard Lincoln has been appointed
inside sales leader, where he is the liaison
between customers, engineering, marketing,
production and service. He will also develop
new business opportunities through trade
shows and research. Prior to joining the company, he worked as a marketing manager for
Owens Corning and as a sales engineer for
TLX Technologies, selling to OEMs worldwide.
Peter Thao joins Odyne as electrical engineer, concentrating on the design/test of the
Odyne hybrid electrical system. Prior to joining
the company, he worked for MTI Electronics
manufacturing PCBs, Rockwell Automation in
engineering and testing ac/dc drives and for
Johnson Controls developing security systems.
Peter Vehmas has been appointed
supply chain manager for the company,
managing and controlling parts purchasing and supply. He brings 13 years of supply chain experience in the manufacturing,
defense, and healthcare industries to the
role, including purchasing and leadership
roles with Generac Power Systems, DRS
Technologies and GE Healthcare.
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