Jervis B. Webb Company Expands Smart Handling System Group


Material Handling Leader Names Ric Heft and Earl Raynal Business Development Specialists

Farmington Hills, Mich. (February 12, 2007) - Jervis B. Webb Company - a world leader in material handling solutions - has named Ric Heft and Earl Raynal as business development specialists within the company's Smart Handling System group. Each is responsible for developing new business in the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) market.

"When it comes to providing customers with customized material handling solutions, the Webb Company leans heavily on the cumulative expertise of its personnel," said Bruce Buscher, vice president of automotive & industrial sales and marketing. "As we continue to expand our AGV line and broaden our customer base, we are confident that Earl and Ric's experience will be a tremendous asset."

The two business development specialists will assist Webb in finding new customers for the company's various AGV products, which include SmartCart® and SmartLoader(TM). Webb has expanded its AGV navigation offerings to include laser guidance along with inertial, wire and magnetic tape.

Prior to joining the Webb Company, Heft was an independent consultant in factory design, conveyors and automation for more than 20 years. Raynal rejoins the Webb Company bringing 23 years of experience in material handling sales, estimating, simulation and concept development, project management and sales management. Raynal earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jervis B. Webb Company is a world leader in developing innovative material handling technology and systems. The privately owned corporation specializes in the design, engineering, installation and support of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, beverage, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations in Harbor Springs and Boyne City, Mich.; Carlisle, S.C.; Canada; India; and China. The company was founded in 1919 by Jervis B. Webb who invented the forged rivetless chain conveyor that helped revolutionize mass production.

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