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Foster Joins Fire-Dex As Customer Service Rep

Chrissy Foster joined Fire-Dex as its customer service representative for Chieftain Safety. She has over seven years of customer relations experience.

Fire-Dex is a manufacturer of NFPA-compliant structural and proximity turnout gear.

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Pelczarski Now At Eagle Compressors

Eagle Compressors, Inc., has hired David Pelczarski as a marketing specialist.

Pelczarski has nearly 15 years of marketing and design experience for clients that include Mitsubishi EDM, United Way and Lions Club International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied art from Columbia College of Chicago.

“Dave’s experience in marketing and design makes him an ideal marketing specialist for Eagle,” said Anthony M. Gonzalez, the company’s general manager. “We are pleased to have him on our team as Eagle continues to grow.”

Eagle Compressors, based in Greensboro, N.C., is one of the largest manufacturers of breathing air compressors, fill stations and mobile systems in the U.S.

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Crimson Names Gerhardt Midwest Sales Manager

Jason S. Gerhardt has been named Crimson Fire’s Midwest regional sales manager.

In his new role with the Brandon, S.D.-based manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles, Gerhardt is responsible for dealer training and development, as well as a focus on increasing market share in his territory.

“We are pleased to welcome Jason back to Crimson Fire,” said William F. Doebler, vice president of sales and marketing for Crimson. “He has a solid understanding of the emergency-rescue industry, from the end user to the manufacturer to the dealer. His background and experience ensure that he will be able to make immediate contributions to the organization.”

Gerhardt began his career as a regional sales manager with Quality Fire Apparatus, the predecessor to Crimson Fire. In that role, he was responsible for new orders, contract administration, pricing, specification review and related issues for 12 dealerships.

After Quality and Luverne merged to create Crimson Fire, Gerhardt focused on internal sales. He has sales and marketing experience with American LaFrance LLC and S&S Fire Apparatus.

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Eagle Compressors Hires Rutterman

David G. Rutterman has been appointed sales manager at Eagle Compressors, Inc., one of the country’s largest manufacturers of breathing air compressors, fill stations and mobile systems.

In addition, David Crews has been promoted to production manager, heading up all of the Greensboro, N.C.-based company’s manufacturing operations.

The announcements were made by Eagle General Manager Anthony M. Gonzalez, who called Rutterman an ideal sales manager due to his extensive experience over the past 24 years as the top regional sales representative at CompAir Mako Compressors. Rutterman has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Rutterman’s responsibilities will include the development of sales objectives, expansion and management of the authorized sales and service distributor network, growth of OEM and government sales and directing the development, maintenance and update of all sales tools.

“I am confident that David will have a significant impact in the growth of our business for years to come,” Gonzalez said.

Crews, the new production manager, joined Eagle Compressors in 1994 in the metal plant and was promoted to a series of positions in all manufacturing areas and product testing. Since 2005, he worked as the company’s customer service department supervisor.

“Dave has extensive knowledge about our business, and we are sure he will continue to propel Eagle as a leader in breathing air compressor industry,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez also announced the hiring of Justin Forbes as applications engineer, providing customers and dealers with service solutions. Forbes has experience as a technical field manager with a steel and heavy lift crane company. He graduated from Western Carolina University.

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Motorola Appoints Herraiz For Funding

Motorola has appointed Domingo Herraiz to direct the company’s funding programs as customers and partners seek funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as “the stimulus package.”

Herraiz has 23 years’ experience in government and public safety. Most recently, he served as director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, leading the Department of Justice’s largest funding and policy unit for state, local and tribal criminal justice issues.

“As our customers and partners examine funding sources, we want to provide our support and resources to help them fund critical infrastructure projects, including end-to-end communications solutions,” Herraiz said. As part of that effort, Motorola launched a Web site at to provide information about grants and other funding resources.

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Dornseif Becomes Elkhart Manager

Elkhart Brass has hired Robert Dornseif as regional sales manager for its Mideast territory region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Dornseif has over 15 years of sales experience, including more than seven years with 5 Alarm Fire and Safety. He has also been a volunteer firefighter with several departments, including a number of years as a lieutenant for the Aboite Township Fire Department in Indiana.

Elkhart said Dornseif’s customer service focus and his experience should benefit growth and development of the Mideast territory.

Touchton Promoted To R-O-M Manager

R-O-M Corporation has promoted Steve Touchton to the newly created position of emergency and specialty products manager. He will manage sales of compartment access products, including R-O-M roll-up doors, cargo trays, LED compartment lighting and hose bed covers.

Touchton joined R-O-M in 2005 as the mid-central territory manager. He covered five states and one Canadian province providing on-site assistance with OEM and end-user design and installation needs. The Air Force veteran holds a bachelor’s degree in safety engineering and has over 15 years experience working with the fire service and other specialty markets.

“Steve has already proven to be a valuable resource for our fire service and specialty customers,” said R-O-M President Steve Briggs.

Touchton will help direct a sales team of 20 members, including customer development representatives, sales support personnel and territory managers. He will help the engineering team identify useful product enhancements and new product opportunities, Briggs said.

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