FINDLAY, Ohio (July 23, 2009)-Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed John Bodart as vice president of North American Tire manufacturing operations and Alex Perry as plant manager at the Texarkana, Ark., plant.
Bodart will oversee North American Tire plant managers, operations excellence, reliability engineering and lean engineering. A 20-year company employee with experience in plant management, quality assurance, mold operations, tire testing and product development, he most recently worked as plant manager in Texarkana.
Perry will relocate from Cooper's production facility in Melksham, England. He previously served in manufacturing operations, assembly operations and production roles in Melksham and Texarkana.
Before joining Cooper in 2001, Perry spent several years in the British army as a bomb disposal officer, reaching the rank of captain prior to his retirement. He also has prior experience with two other companies in management roles.
Perry is the first Cooper employee to become certified as a black belt under the Cooper Tire Lean Six Sigma program, according to the Findlay-based tire maker.