Bird-Johnson Acquires HDF And Olympic Propeller Companies And Realigns Management
Bird-Johnson Company of Walpole, Mass., a leading manufacturer of commercial and naval controllable- pitch propeller systems, has purchased the assets of The 76 Corporation, comprised of the HDF and Olympic Propeller Companies of Seattle. The firm will reopen on the site of the former HDF Propeller Company as the RDH Propeller Division of Bird-Johnson's Seattle Operations. As a West Coast repair and reconditioning facility and major distributor of fixed-pitch propellers, the new division will significantly broaden the capabilities of Bird-Johnson. Technicians qualified to meet American Bureau, U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Lloyd's welding, repair, and quality criteria will be employed at the Seattle facility. Robert DenHerder, a former owner of HDF Propeller, has been named general manager.
Bird-Johnson has realigned its management to insure the efficient handling of the increased marketing, sales, and production activities. Charles A. Orem, president and CEO, has announced the following appointments: Donald E. Ridley, in addition to his present responsibilities as senior vice president, has been named special assistant to the president charged with the orderly integration of regional operations. Andrew F. Barrs, formerly manager- major programs, has been promoted to director-quality and program management. Gary W. Dayton, previously sales manager, has been appointed director-marine marketing and services. Carleton F. Bryant III, past director-operations, will hold a newly formed position of director-business development, engineering and materials.
Andrew B. Noei has been hired as director-operations; he comes to Bird-Johnson with 18 years of manufacturing management experience.
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