Newton joins Global Parts Network as director of ops, friction business

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Vipar Heavy Duty announced that veteran sales and manufacturing executive Lori Newton has joined Global Parts Network as director of operations for the organization’s new brake remanufacturing facilities. GPN is an independent company that provides service support exclusively to the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors and suppliers.

“Lori is a proactive sales and manufacturing executive with a long history of spearheading operational change by implementing industry best practices,” says Gene Damron, Global Parts Network general manager. “She will be an integral part of the GPN’s future growth and development.”

Vipar Heavy Duty, based in Crystal Lake, Ill., announced last month that it would begin remanufacturing brakes at facilities in the eastern and western parts of the United States. Reporting directly to Damron, Newton will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the new facilities.

Newton began her career with Haldex and served in a variety of positions with the company before being named director of operations. She then worked for the Page Group, where she established Eastern States Friction, a brake remanufacturing facility. Most recently, Newton was the western region sales representative for Carlisle Motion Control.