Firestone Industrial Products Co. LLC recently appointed Bradley Garwood as the company’s new heavy duty aftermarket distribution sales representative for the Northeast region. Garwood is responsible for all sales to distributors, as well as account management operations.
“Brad’s impressive sales and industry experience is a valuable asset to Firestone Industrial Products and its customers,” said Michael Sigillito, sales and marketing director at Firestone Industrial Products. “As we work to grow the company’s market share and our customer base, knowledgeable team members, such as Brad, are instrumental in meeting our goals.”
Prior to joining Firestone Industrial Products, Garwood spent six years at Pioneer Automotive Technologies. Hired as a sales engineer and later promoted to program manager, Garwood handled all speaker sales, engineering and customer quality issues. He has also served in engineering-related positions with Kaman Industrial Technologies, Amtran Corp. and Alitec Corp.
Garwood holds an associate’s degree in drafting technology and a bachelor of science in mechanical technology from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind.
Firestone Industrial Products Co. LLC has promoted Paul Fessel to division manager of Light Duty Business, which includes the company’s popular Ride-Rite air helper spring product line.
In his role, Fessel will lead the company’s complete line of suspension solution products, which include Ride-Rite, Sport-Rite, Coil-Rite and Level-Rite air helper springs. He will also oversee development of Firestone’s latest product offerings: R4Tech, a hybrid air/leaf suspension system featuring Ride-Rite air spring and SANLUIS Rassini suspension technologies, as well as Ride-Rite LS — new load adaptive shocks that are an ideal upgrade to the company’s air helper springs.
Fessel has been with Firestone for 16 years, previously serving as project engineer for Ride-Rite sales, applications engineer and senior sales engineer for OE sales, China business development manager and automotive OE sales manager.
“Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will allow him to manage the growth of our light duty business,” said Michael Sigillito, director, sales and marketing, Firestone Industrial Products. “While overseas supporting our expansion into China, Paul gained unique insight into total business operations that will prove invaluable as he steps into his new role.”
Fessel will be headquartered in the company’s Indianapolis, Ind. office.
Firestone Industrial Products Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Firestone Diversified Products LLC, specializes in air spring manufacturing and technology with a history of more than 70 years of research and development of technologically advanced air springs for the global marketplace.