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Richard Mills Named as President of Manitex North America


Oct. 18, 2022 - Manitex International has named Richard Mills as president of Manitex North America. He will assume oversight of all North American manufacturing and new product distribution for Manitex.

Mills comes to Manitex with 30 years of experience in manufacturing and executive leadership with an emphasis in the OEM specialty equipment and vocational vehicle sectors.

He is a degreed engineer with continued education in production engineering, lean manufacturing and six sigma.

Before joining Manitex, Mills was vice president and division COO of the specialty rail and utility vehicle division at Progress Rail (Caterpillar). He also has held key leadership positions at JCB, Trinity, and Heil, manufacturing heavy construction equipment and specialty highway vocational trucks.

Manitex CEO Michael Coffey said, "The re-alignment of our North American operations is correlated with the changes we had already established in Italy, whereas we are bringing the regional groups under one leader and then uniting our focus as a company toward a more unified purpose, common strategy, and increased levels of collaboration. We are focused on improving operational excellence and customer support, while improving production velocities, profitability and cashflows. Richard's experience is well suited to help us achieve these goals.”

Coffey added that the organizational changes correlate with the company’s backlog and support the company’s global productivity and margin objectives. “We continue to allocate the resources required for the sale, service, and support of our entire global product portfolio, and we anticipate Richard will be instrumental in helping us achieve the proliferation of our knuckleboom cranes, industrial cranes, and aerial work platforms throughout North America,"  Coffey said.


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