March 1, 2006
Heil Trailer International has added David Anderson to its technical service team by promoting him to technical service manager. A 17-year Heil employee,

Heil Trailer International has added David Anderson to its technical service team by promoting him to technical service manager. A 17-year Heil employee, he has served in various capacities and has experience in all facets of trailer design and manufacturing.

Blackmer has appointed Judith “Judy” Bland vice-president — operations, North America. She will serve at the company's Grand Rapids MI facility and will report directly to President Carmine Bosco. Most recently, Bland was responsible for leading operations for a manufacturer of gear pumps, lobe pumps, gear reducers, strainers, controllers, and pump systems.

Reinke Mfg Inc has hired Russ Reinke as vice-president of manufacturing. The son of company founder Richard Reinke, he has served as a member of the Reinke Mfg board of directors for more than 20 years. He previously served as plant manager with Ipsco Tubulars Inc.

Consolidated Metco Inc (ConMet) has appointed Jason Galbraith as Northwest regional sales manager. He most recently was western regional sales manager for the company.

Kenworth Truck Co has named members of its 2006 Kenworth Service Council: Chairman — Jim Grant, Trebar Kenworth Sales, Boise ID; Ralph Goodrich, Kenworth Sales — Spokane (WA); Frank Chiarizia, Inland Kenworth, Burnaby, British Columbia; John Gibson, Truck Enterprises, Harrisonburg VA; Scott Elders, Michigan Kenworth, Grand Rapids MI; Jim Johnston, MHC Kenworth — Chattanooga (TN); Jody MacDonald, Tandet Kenworth, Kingston, Ontario; Rick Saner, MHC Kenworth — Springfield (MO); and Kenworth Dealer Council representative Jay Ellison, French-Ellison Truck Centers Inc, Pharr TX.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co has named William M Hopkins, formerly vice-president — global product marketing and technology planning, to the new position of vice-president — technology and strategic initiatives.

XTRA Lease has named Kimberly Brooks branch manager for the company's Atlanta (GA) North branch. She joins the firm from International Truck and Engine Group, where she most recently was regional credit supervisor. Mike Owens has been named branch manager of XTRA's Atlanta West location. He previously worked as sales manager for Trolley Bearing Co. Haden Giddings and Claire Griffith have joined XTRA Lease as sales representatives in its Atlanta South branch. Giddings worked most recently for ITC Deltacom, where he managed all sales activity for the company's Atlanta branch. Griffith previously worked in public relations and marketing for Children's Health Systems in Birmingham AL.

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) has appointed Kurt Danielson, formerly director — commercial marketing, to executive director — commercial marketing for the United States and Canadian markets. Art Campagnoni, previously director — commercial sales, has been promoted to executive director — commercial sales.

Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems (TVBS) has hired Sid Azhar as product manager — truck blowers. Based in Springfield MO, he will be responsible for all aspects of TVBS tank truck products and activities.

Al Cohn has joined Pressure Systems International (PSI) in the newly created position of director of new market development and engineering support. He comes to PSI after 28 years with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, where he became a specialist in shaping industry protocol.