SPRINGVILLE, ALABAMA — Fontaine® Heavy-Haul, the innovation leader in the lowbed, extendable, and hydraulic tail trailer industry, has hired J. Cliff Denson to be Vice President of Operations, a newly created position to support Fontaine Heavy-Haul’s significant growth. Cliff will be responsible for all aspects of the manufacturing, purchasing and engineering departments and will report directly to John Krier, President of Fontaine Heavy-Haul.
Prior to joining Fontaine as Vice President of Research and Development in 2013, Cliff began his transportation career at General Motors where he developed software and calibrations for powertrain management systems. In addition to receiving specialties in engine protection, system predictions and controls, he received accolades as a project manager in the development of tool method patents for internal use. Following Cliff’s five year career at General Motors, he was recruited to the Brunswick Boat Group where over nine years he held positions of increasing responsibility from various manufacturing and program management positions to the Director of Engineering for Sea Ray, Bayliner, Meridian, and Trophy brand boats.
Cliff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University; while pursuing this degree he worked with multiple companies and studied at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Studies in Beijing, China. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Technology Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and performed his capstone coursework in Design for Manufacturability with Stanford University. Multiple certifications in design, six sigma, and lean manufacturing are held from other institutes such as General Motors University and the University of Tennessee.Fontaine Heavy-Haul is the business unit of Fontaine Trailer that is focused on supporting lowbed and extendable trailer customers. Fontaine is the largest platform trailer manufacturer in the world producing a complete line of aluminum, steel and composite trailers for the flatbed, dropdeck, heavy-haul and military markets. Manufacturing facilities are located in Jasper, Haleyville and Springville, Alabama. Fontaine is a Marmon Highway Technologies/Berkshire Hathaway company. Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) supports the transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services. For more information contact Dan Rosen, Fontaine Heavy-Haul, 5398 US Highway 11, Springville, AL 35146, 205-467-6171, www.fontaineheavyhaul.com.