Matt Boler Promoted to Development Post at The Boler Company, Kurt Kern Heads Hendrickson Bumper and Trim

ITASCA, Ill - Matt Boler assumed duties as vice president of corporate development for The Boler Company, reporting to John Boler, president and chief executive officer.

Kurt Kern succeeded Boler as general manager of Hendrickson Bumper and Trim. The Boler Company is Hendrickson's parent organization.

Boler will focus on strategic planning including recommendations for potential joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, reported Gary Gerstenslager, Hendrickson president and chief operating officer, in making the announcement.

Gerstenslager added that Boler would play a key role in developing and implementing strategic goals for growth, profitability and facilitating the long-range planning process for the company.

As general manager of Hendrickson Bumper and Trim, headquartered in Joliet, Ill., for the past year, Boler played a key role in furthering operations improvements for the business and continuing development of the HENDRICKSON AERO BRIGHT® product line.

He returns to The Boler Company where he formerly served as director of strategic planning. Prior to joining the organization, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing and engineering with Motorola.

Matt Boler earned master degrees in business administration and engineering management from Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from University of Notre Dame at Notre Dame, Ind.

Kern was promoted from the post of director of operations for Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems at Woodridge, Ill., where he had responsibility for the Kendallville, Ind., and Lebanon, Ky., facilities.

A five-year veteran of Hendrickson, Kern formerly served as plant manager of the Modine Manufacturing plant in LaPorte, Ind., for four years. Previously, he had been a marketing manager and a plant manager for Square D Company at Palatine, Ill., the North American operating division of Schneider Electric, for five years. Prior to Square D, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in operations with Cooper Power Systems located in Waukesha, Wis.

Kern earned a master's degree in finance and a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wis.

Hendrickson, a Boler company, is one of the largest global suppliers of truck and tractor suspensions, trailer suspensions, truck and trailer lift axles, bumpers and trim components and springs to the commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 90 years. Visit the Hendrickson Web site at

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