Perry Bahr has assumed duties as vice president and general manager of Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems, succeeding Gary Gerstenslager, the newly appointed president and chief operating officer of Hendrickson. Bahr elevated Roger Hatten to his former position of director of operations for the trailer division and named Dave Armold as Hatten’s successor as plant manager of the Lebanon, Ind., facility.
As director of operations, Bahr has implemented major improvements at all of the trailer division manufacturing facilities. “It is important to ensure that Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems has strong leadership to keep us successful as we continue to grow,” says Gerstenslager.
A 22-year veteran of Hendrickson, Bahr has held a broad range of manufacturing, engineering and operations positions for Hendrickson Bumper and Trim and Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems, in addition to the trailer division. He became plant manager of the trailer division facility in Lebanon in 1999 prior to assuming the role of director of operations in 2002.
Hatten joined the company as production manager at the Mitchell, S.D., plant in 1998 and in 2000 became plant manager. In 2004, he was named plant manager of the Lebanon facility. He came to Hendrickson from the Bundy Corporation, a tier one supplier to Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, where he served as production manager.
Arnold, a seven-year veteran of Hendrickson, was elevated from the role of production manager at Lebanon, a post he had held since joining the company. Previously, Armold held various production positions at Black & Decker, Landis+Gyr and Emerson Electric.