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Grove cuts 30 in restructuring

February 29, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - A "streamlining of business operations" at Grove Worldwide has cost the jobs of 30 white-collar workers, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

All 30 workers were in the company's Shady Grove offices in sales, executive, administrative and engineering positions.

Jeffrey D. Bust, chairman and chief executive officer of the company, said the cuts were made to match Grove's current needs with the new structure.

Bust said the reorganization is part of the company's "continuing and vigorous efforts to meet market requirements for our products."

The cutback in employment combined with a better focus on product development will strengthen Grove's efforts "to be aggressive and highly competitive in the global markets for cranes and aerial work platforms," Bust said.

The restructuring also resulted in the promotion of John T. Wheeler, head of Grove's European operations since December 1998, to president of Grove Worldwide International Operations. He will be responsible for building up the company's business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Bust credited Wheeler for the growth of the company's European operations. "We've been very successful in Europe. We've put a real emphasis on new product development."

Other promotions announced Tuesday include:

Ernest B. Palango to vice president sales and marketing for the Manlift Division's North American distribution network.

Jeffrey L. Spidel to director of product development, Manlift Division.

Keith A. Cider will assume responsibility for aerial worked platform field service and administration for North, South and Latin America.

Samuel M. Gardner will assume administrative responsibilities for aerial work platform and crane sales.

John C. Bittner, will assume additional responsibility for aerial work platform advertising and publicity in North, South and Latin America.

Edgar R. Hoffeditz has been named manager of sales, service and training for aerial work platform and crane product lines.

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