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Major Staff Expansion At Odyne

Posted on September 4, 2013

Odyne Systems, LLC, a supplier of hybrid technology for large vehicles, has expanded its staff as the company gears up to deliver over 120 medium and heavy-duty trucks equipped with the Odyne plug-in hybrid system under a $45 million award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Michelle Ballard joins Odyne as a senior systems engineer, focusing on telematics and designing applications to use with statistical data gathered from the hybrid system. Ballard previously worked with Silver Linings Systems as a project manager and systems engineer. Prior to that, she served over 10 years in the Army as a logistics officer responsible for maintenance, transportation and supply operations.

Larry Bartling has been appointed manufacturing manager, in charge of manufacturing strategy to install plug-in hybrid systems on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Bartling has over 30 years of manufacturing and product management experience in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Prior to joining the company, he held manufacturing engineering and operations leadership positions in heavy equipment, diesel engine and small gasoline engine manufacturing, working for Caterpillar, Waukesha Engine - Dresser Industries and Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Robert Dowd joins Odyne as service manager, with responsibility to assure service of vehicles through the Odyne distributor organization. Dowd brings 25 years of engineering new product development, testing and service from the power generation and automotive industries. Previous positions held include engineering project manager at MTU Onsite Energy, engineering program manager of industrial generators at Generac Power Systems and engineering project manager of air-cooled engine development at Generac Power Systems.

Leonard Lincoln has been appointed inside sales leader, where he is the liaison between customers, engineering, marketing, production and service and he will also be developing new business opportunities through tradeshows and research. Prior to joining the company, he worked as a marketing manager for Owens Corning and as a sales engineer for TLX Technologies selling to OEMs worldwide.

Peter Thao joins Odyne as electrical engineer, concentrating on the design/test of the Odyne hybrid electrical system. Prior to joining the company he worked for MTI Electronics manufacturing PCB’s, Rockwell Automation in engineering and testing ac/dc drives and Johnson Controls in developing security systems.

Peter Vehmas has been appointed supply chain manager for the company, managing and controlling parts purchasing and supply. He brings 13 years of supply chain experience in the manufacturing, defense, and healthcare industries to the role, including purchasing and leadership roles with Generac Power Systems, DRS Technologies and GE Healthcare.