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Bendix begins building management team for new facility

ELYRIA, Ohio -- Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake announced the appointment of two key leadership team members at thei...

ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake announced the appointment of two key leadership team members at their new wheel-end manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky.

Richard Tanhauser has been named human resources manager for the new site, and Scott Herndon has accepted the role of manufacturing engineering manager.

Tanhauser, who has been the HR manager at the Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems manufacturing facility in Frankfort, Ky. for the past six years, will fill a dual role during the transition process.

He will immediately assume all human resources responsibilities at the new facility including staffing, benefits administration, and employee relations while maintaining his HR duties at Frankfort until the facility shuts down in late 2007.

Tanhauser has been recognized for his contribution to the capital and productivity enhancements at the Bendix Frankfort site as one of the recipients of the Bendix Drive for Distinction 2005 Business Impact Award.

Scott Herndon joins the company as manufacturing engineering manager after nearly six years as plant industrial engineer with Perdue Farms in Monterey, Tenn.

In this new role he will be responsible to drive and define manufacturing strategies and site production quality. He will direct a variety of plant departments, including facilities maintenance, PM engineering, AME production and fabrication engineering.

While at Perdue, Herndon has helped enhance and maintain operational efficiencies and bottom line costs at the plant through design and implementation of projects focused on improved productivity, process flow, costs, safety and ergonomic conditions.

We are pleased to welcome two hands-on professionals with a wide range of practical experience and proven team-building skills to our new location, said Michael Paul, plant manager for the new Bowling Green site. With strong plant leadership such as this, our facility will certainly reach our objective to become a showcase for production excellence, and one of which the community and the region can be proud.

The new manufacturing facility is the first dedicated foundation brake manufacturing facility for the wheel-end joint venture of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Corporation.

Initially, the new facility will employ approximately 175, with continued growth expected as product demand and production expansion dictates.

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