GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 10, 2008) — Ronald Musgnug, Michelin's first U.S. plant manager in 1974, died at the age of 70 on Sept. 8.
Born in Hempstead, N.Y., Musgnug began working for Michelin in 1973 as one of 12 Americans hired during Michelin's entry into the North American manufacturing market. He became plant manager in 1974 at the US1 Greenville factory.
Musgnug went on to work as plant manager at the company's US2 Anderson, S.C., facility, and also held positions including head of manufacturing for Michelin Canada and head of North American manufacturing. He last held the title of global president of Michelin aircraft tires before retiring in 1997.
After his retirement, Musgnug continued to consult for Michelin, serving as the North American project leader for Challenge Bibendum, the company's global “green” vehicle event. He also volunteered from 1998 to 2002 as the president and chairman of the board for the Greenville Transit Authority.
Musgnug's survivors include his wife, Daisy; his son, Rob; and his daughter, Adrienne Butler.