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News of  August 01, 2000


GM Powertrain Announces Plant Manager Changes 

Pontiac, Michigan - Homi Patel, Vice President of manufacturing for the GM Powertrain Group, today announced changes in plant leadership at several facilities. All appointments are effective August 1.  

  • Tonawanda engine plant manager Arvin Jones will replace Mike Chapman as Director of Manufacturing of the Ellesmere Port, England plant.  

  • Toledo plant manager Keith G. Campbell will become plant manager at the Tonawanda engine facility. He will report to Robert Moran.  

  • Moraine Engine plant manager Cheryl R. McCurdy will become plant manager at the Toledo plant reporting to Greg Deveson.  

Jones began his career with GM Delco in 1977 as an industrial engineer in Dayton, Ohio. He held various assignments within engineering at both Delco and Harrison Division in Dayton, and in 1987 was promoted to manager of production for Harrison Division in Buffalo, N. Y. Jones was promoted to manager of operations at GM Powertrain's Willow Run facility in 1990. In 1993 he was promoted to director of manufacturing quality systems for Powertrain. In 1994 he became the production manager at the Tonawanda engine facililty and in 1996 he assumed his current position as plant manager. He received an engineering degree from the University of Dayton.  

Campbell began his career in 1962 at GM's subsidiary, McKinnon Industries, in St. Catharines, Ontario as a GMI cooperative student. After graduation he was a process engineer at that plant and by 1973 he was superintendent of foundry maintenance. In 1976 he became superintendent for manufacturing in the axle plant in St.Catharines. In 1980 Campbell transferred to the Windsor transmission plant as general superintendent of Manufacturing and a year later became general superintendent of engineering and maintenance. He was named plant manager of the plant in 1984. In 1988 he became the plant manager of the Ypsilanti transmission plant and in 1993 became the plant manager at the Windsor transmission plant, a position he held until named to his most recent assignment in 1997. Campbell received his engineering degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.  

McCurdy began her GM career in 1973 as a college graduate-in-training with Chevrolet Division. She held a variety of positions in manufacturing and quality before being named operations manager at the Hydra-matic division in 1987. She was named plant manager for the Massena plant in 1992 and to her current position in 1996. McCurdy received her engineering and business degrees from GMI and Michigan respectively.  

Paul Robinson, currently manufacturing engineering and finance manager at Moraine will assume overall management responsibilities at the Moraine site during the transition of the diesel business to our joint venture company, DMAX Ltd.  

In making the announcement, Patel praised the contributions and qualifications of these dedicated employees. "All of these individuals have demonstrated their leadership in improving the operating performance of their respective plants," he said. "They continue to demonstrate their commitment to GM and to building quality products that are a value to our customers."  

(July 27, 2000)


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