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Grove Manlift names new president

March 26, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - A Chrysler Corp. executive has been named to a top management post at Grove Worldwide, a company spokesman said Friday.

Don Manvel, president of Chrysler de Venezuela since 1997, has been named president of Grove Manlift, Grove's aerial work platform division, said Grove spokesman Robert Kannel.

Chrysler de Venezuela handles South American business for the automaker.

Manvel replaces James Kolinski, who resigned as president of Grove Manlift, Kannel said. Before that he was managing director of Eurostar GSMBH, a Chrysler affiliate in Austria selling products on the world market.

Sam Bonanno, Grove chairman and chief executive officer, said in prepared remarks that Manvel's "impressive managerial talents and charismatic leadership make him an excellent addition to the Grove team and the right individual to lead Grove Manlift into the next century."

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Manvel was attending a trade show in California and was unavailable for comment, Kannel said.

Grove was sold last year to Keystone Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas. The new owners began replacing Grove executives from the beginning, starting with Bonanno. He replaced Robert C. Stift as Grove's top executive.

Bonanno came to Grove from Foamex where he was executive vice president. Before that he worked for 30 years at Chrysler, leaving as general manager of its international manufacturing operations.

One of Bonanno's first moves as CEO was to replace Joseph Shull, Grove's president and chief operating officer, with Jeffry D. Bust, a former president and general manager of Manitowoc Cranes Inc., a Wisconsin-based crane maker and Grove competitor.

Grove Worldwide, with headquarters in Shady Grove, is a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of mobile hydraulic cranes, truck-mounted cranes and self-propelled aerial work platforms.

The company has more than 5,000 employees worldwide. About half work in the main plant in Shady Grove.

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