American LaFrance announces sales managers

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American LaFrance, manufacturer of the Condor LCF vocational chassis, has appointed three new regional managers. The company says it has been building its Condor sales and management team in recent months, after the Freightliner sale of American LaFrance and the Condor line to Patriarch Partners in March 2006. The new regional sales and service managers are Jim McKee in the Northeast, George Bowles in the central region and Walter vonDuhn in the Midwest.

  • McKee comes to American LaFrance from Federal Signal, where he was director of national accounts for the Leach refuse vehicle division. Prior to that, McKee worked at Heil Environmental Industries in a variety of positions, from national account director to vice president of sales. He started in national account sales in the chemical industry, with Rollins Environmental Services and Nalco Chemical.
  • vonDuhn’s background includes management of solid waste operations as well as vocational truck sales and refuse equipment sales. Most recently, vonDuhn was general manager of Rubbish Solutions in Commerce City, Colo. He earned his vocational truck experience at Rush Peterbilt in Denver, and a broadened background in refuse equipment as a sales representative for Wastequip/May Manufacturing in Colorado.
  • Bowles comes to American LaFrance from Autocar, where he was a regional manager responsible for vocational truck sales in the refuse industry. His 30 years of truck experience includes part ownership of an International and Volvo dealership in Louisiana.
  • “The addition of these three experienced and respected individuals reaffirms our commitment to the Condor product line,” says Jim Rogers, vice president of vocational sales and marketing for American LaFrance. “We will continue to build our team in the coming months while expanding our dealer network, enhancing our product and taking care of our growing customer base.”

    American LaFrance, based in Lasdon, S.C., builds pumpers, aerial trucks, tankers and ambulances, as well as vocational chassis for fire and rescue apparatus and refuse vehicles. The Condor line was developed by American LaFrance in 1999, and manufactured under both the Sterling and Freightliner names prior to this year.