Carl Rapp to lead the internationally recognized
power transmission equipment manufacturer
November 29, 2001 (Norristown, PA) - Philadelphia
Gear Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of gears
and related power transmission equipment, today announced the hiring
of Carl D. Rapp, 41, as President and CEO. Rapp, who will work from
Philadelphia Gear's corporate headquarters in Norristown, PA, is
charged with leading the company's efforts to align with its end
users and develop new product offerings.
Rapp succeeds Gerry Rooney, who held the position
of president and CEO from May 1998 through September 2001. Rooney
stepped down earlier this year, after fulfilling his charter to
reorganize the 110-year old company (ultimately leading to the close
of the company's King of Prussia manufacturing facility) and position
Philadelphia Gear to aggressively enter the power transmission aftermarket.
Rooney played an instrumental role in developing a new strategic
direction for Philadelphia Gear, a direction Rapp is eager to implement.
"Philadelphia Gear already has a global
reputation for providing world-class engineering solutions
to its customers," says Rapp. "The challenge of
marrying those skills to a more service-based business model
that capitalizes on more than a century of expertise is very
compelling - both to us, and to our customers."
Principal among Rapp's priorities is the optimization
of the inspect and repair regional service and manufacturing
centers, strategically located across the country. Just last
month the company opened a Southeast regional service center
outside of Birmingham, Alabama.
"The closure of the King of Prussia manufacturing
plant last year was painful," comments Rapp, "But
the idea that closing that facility signaled the end of Philadelphia
Gear could not be farther from the truth." Rapp continues,
"In fact, the reallocation of resources to other Philadelphia
Gear regional facilities has allowed us to strengthen our
national customer support, helping ensure our future growth
Prior to joining Philadelphia Gear, Rapp held
several key senior-level positions in sales and general management,
most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
for Philadelphia-based Strategic Distribution, Inc. He has
also served as President of Carborundum Abrasives, North America
(a division of Norton Company) from 1994 through 1998, and
as a business unit manager for Norton's Precision group from
1992 to 1994. Prior to that appointment, Rapp spent six years
working in various management positions in Norton's European
Rapp earned undergraduate degrees in Economics
and History in 1982 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut,
and in 1991 completed his M.A. in International Relations
at Boston University. Originally from Worcester, MA, Rapp
currently lives with his family in the Philadelphia area.
Philadelphia Gear Corporation traces its origins
back to the birth of the modern American gear industry. Over
the past 110 years, the internationally recognized company
has built a reputation for expertise in power transmission
engineering and manufacturing. Today, Philadelphia Gear continues
to provide innovative solutions for power transmission requirements,
as well as delivering world-class inspect and repair services.
A founding member of the American Gear Manufacturers
Association (AGMA), Philadelphia Gear products can be found
in use across the globe; from enclosed gear drives used in
the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, to speed reduction units helping
power the cable cars of San Francisco. 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 Norristown, PA.
For more information on Philadelphia Gear Corporation,
call 1-800-766-5120, or fax 610-337-5637.