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Steve Slaughter has been appointed vice-president-international business development for Heil Trailer International (HTI). Most recently vice-president-Asia Pacific, he is assuming responsibility for the company's South American operations. Joel Fernandes Jr has been appointed managing director for Heil Brazil. He brings experience in management, marketing, and sales, holding senior sales management positions with international companies in the medical devices and industrial products industries.

OPW Fluid Transfer Group, a Dover company, has named Steven Van Pee chief financial officer. This position was recently held by Susan Hathaway, who was named CFO of Dover sister company OPW Fueling Components in mid-May 2009. Van Pee has served since 2007 as CFO of Waukesha Bearings.

Barry L Pennypacker, Gardner Denver Inc president and chief executive officer, and the company's executive team rang the closing bell May 12, 2009, at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the firm's 150th year and 15th anniversary of its spin-off and again becoming a publicly traded company. The bell ringing was webcast via the Internet on the homepage of

Tim D Myers has been named president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, with responsibility for forged wheels and aluminum structures. He succeeds Kevin B Kramer, who has been appointed president, growth initiatives. Myers had been vice-president and general manager, commercial vehicle wheels, accountable for Alcoa truck wheel plants worldwide and subassembly and logistics sites in North America.

SkyBitz has appointed Craig Montgomery as its new senior vice-president of marketing and business development. With more than 14 years of marketing and business development experience in high-technology sectors, he most recently was chief operations officer and senior vice-president of marketing for Seneca One Finance.

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