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Former Mack Truck employee returns

December 24, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

A former Mack Trucks Inc. manager is returning to the company to head its Hagerstown powertrain plant starting Jan. 1, company spokesman John Mies announced Wednesday.

Roger W. Johnston, 45, will replace Olivier J. Vidal as general manager, according to Mies.

Johnston will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing in Hagerstown, including production, quality, material, human resources and facilities, he said.

The Pennslyvania Avenue plant produces heavy-duty engines and transmissions for Mack's on- and off-road trucks.

Vidal, 39, is leaving Mack to oversee quality and service for a new bus and coach company being formed by Mack's parent company, Renault V.I., and Iveco, Mies said.

He has been general manager of the Hagerstown Mack plant since Nov. 1, 1997, when he succeeded longtime general manager Ross Rhoads after 16 months as his assistant.

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Johnston is leaving Donnelly Corp., where he has been director of worldwide manufacturing engineering.

Before going to Donnelly Corp., he worked for Mack for more than seven years, most recently as director of manufacturing engineering.

Prior to Mack, he held engineering, manufacturing and management positions with Valeo Climate Control Corp., Volkswagen of America and General Motors Corp.

Johnston has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from General Motors Institute.

He and his wife, Chris, have a daughter.

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