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Dexter Axle Names New Chief Operating Officer

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O’Neill Consulting Group has placed Edward Kopkowski as chief operating officer of Dexter Axle, manufacturer of trailer axles and trailer brakes.

In his new role, Kopkowski will provide direct operational leadership for the company’s plants in five states and its extensive distribution network. He will report to and support Chief Executive Officer Adam Dexter in developing the firm’s strategic growth plans, business goals, and performance objectives.

“Ed brings proven capabilities in effective multi-site management that will help us grow, boost market share, and enhance profitability,” Dexter said. “He thrives in a dynamic, complex, and increasingly global manufacturing environment and understands the importance of high quality customer service in our business. Add his track record in driving continuous improvement in all aspects of operations and you have good reason to be bullish on our future.”

Headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., Dexter’s four business units include Dexter Axle, Unique Functional Products, Ventline, and Dexter Door.

“I’m extremely pleased to take on this role,” Kopkowski said. “Dexter is known for more than being technically savvy. It’s an innovative, highly responsive group of people committed to providing exceptional products backed by the best possible customer service. I look forward to building on that foundation and driving even higher levels of performance, with improvements to design, processes, and productivity.”

Kopkowski’s previously worked in the automotive and transportation industry including A123 Systems, Dana Corp., Hayes Lemmerz International, and Pilkington. He is a graduate of Purdue University, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and has a master’s degree in management from Nazareth College.

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