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James Aston Appointed as Middle East Regional Sales Manager, Headquartered at Company’s New Office in Dubai


November 27, 2006 (KING OF PRUSSIA, PA) — Philadelphia Gear sales office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. To support the office, company officials have named James Aston Middle East Regional Sales Manager.


According to Philadelphia Gear CEO Carl Rapp, the November opening of the UAE office represents the company’s continued dedication to its customers. “Though investment in overseas markets has more risk, it is necessary and represents enormous opportunity to better serve our Middle East customers,” he said. “Smart growth in our target markets will reinforce our technical leadership position among the world’s users of gearing products and services.”

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Aston will be responsible for setting up the Middle East office, and handling sales and service related to the use of gear products and services within the oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation industries throughout the region. At the outset, Aston will focus on marketing Philadelphia Gear brands, including Philadelphia, Western, WesTech and Delaval. He will also train new company employees and coordinate with Middle East distributors.


“James has stellar credentials to lead our Middle East office,” said Rapp. “He’s already demonstrated his ability to plan and implement new business strategies, and has a proven track record of meeting aggressive sales targets.”


Aston was Engineering Sales Manager for Sabroe Industries, Denmark, covering 19 countries throughout the Middle East, and is credited with increasing Sabroe sales by five percent during that time. Additionally, he developed and implemented training programs for sales engineers, dealers, and distributors. Prior, Aston was National Sales Manager for Kooltech in the United Kingdom.


A founding member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), Philadelphia Gear offers products and services found in use worldwide; from conveyor gear drives used in long wall coal mining operations, to emergency repair services critical to the power generation industries. The company serves thousands of customers across the globe from its regional service and manufacturing facilities in New Castle, DE; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. Philadelphia Gear is headquartered in King of Prussia, PA.


For more information, call 800-766-5120, fax 610-337-5637.




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