NEWS

Trio Pines announces major corporate reorganization of its management.

Trio Pines U.S.A. Inc. announced a major reorganization during an Executive Meeting at the Trio Pines Corporate Headquarters in La Mirada, California on November 7. Vice Chairman and C.E.O. Stanley Noh made the announcement, saying he and Chairman J.S. Kim made the decision during Noh's recent trip to the Trio Pines factory in South Korea.

"This restructuring is the most comprehensive in the history of Trio Pines, and brings substantial changes to the fundamental foundation of the corporation while strengthening the core of the company's business -- caster and wheel manufacturing and sales," Vice Chairman Noh said.

Scott Mortenson, who started with Trio Pines in 1985, has been promoted to the new position of Senior Vice President. His new duties include directing and coordinating activities of operations and marketing nationwide, and working with sales to help with planning, organization, and execution of sales plans and goals. Scott will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the La Mirada facility.

Bob Camp, who has been with Trio Pines since 1992, has been promoted to Vice President of National Sales. His duties will include creating and implementing sales plans and goals on a national scale, overseeing and managing all sales employees, customer service staff and sales representatives. Bob will also continue to manage the Dallas office and warehouse as he has since its opening in 1995.

Harry Kim, currently the Vice President and General Manage r of the Elk Grove Village facility, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. While continuing to oversee the Chicagoarea office and warehouse, Harry will also be in charge of handling issues that affect the company nationwide, including reducing costs, inbound and outbound freight arrangements, and the planned "Centralization" of the Trio Pines order and service processing administration.

Roman Zavala II, who had been Western Regional Sales Manager, has been promoted to Manager of Major Account Sales. This new position utilizes Roman's talents of organizing and coordinating the OEM and Major Distributor sales that have been at the center of the company's business since its beginning.

"For the present time, Trio Pines will continue without a President," Vice Chairman Noh said, referring to the recent resignation of Paul Medcalf from the leadership role. "We have a staff of excellent people who can manage and grow the company, and I look forward to see how successful they will be."

This all comes after a year of heightened personnel activity, which saw the entrance and exit of several people, as well as the internal promotion of many of staff members.

Trio Pines was incorporated in 1971, and will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2006. The company is one of the best-known and successful caster manufacturers in the world, offering over 35,000 casters and wheels through its extensive distributor network in North, South and Central America, and offering custom-designed products for innovative start-up manufacturers and Fortune 500 companies alike.

Trio Pines Casters has offices and warehouses in La Mirada, California, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at the company's web site, TrioPines.com.