FRD/USA Names Crane As New President/COO

August 8, 2011

Furukawa Rock Drill/USA (FRD/USA) announces the appointment of Jeffery Crane to president and chief operating officer; Manabu (Michael) Sato to vice president; and William (Bo) Veverka to controller.  The executive appointments are part of an ongoing effort to streamline U.S. operations, including the consolidation of Kent Demolition Tools and Furukawa Rock Drill under one brand name – Furukawa Rock Drill. USA.

“Our goal is to build upon the strength of our global parent, Furukawa Company Ltd., and to increase our brand awareness domestically and internationally,” explains Jeff Crane, president/COO. “We are confident in the abilities of our leadership team to help FRD/USA to reach its full potential and meet the needs that will satisfy customers, employees and position the company for strong future growth."

In his new position as president and chief operating officer, Crane will oversee the company’s daily operations, create growth strategies, and manage product development and improvement for FRD/USA’s attachments and drill division. Crane joined the company in 1974, working in breaker division as regional manager, sales manager and sales general manager before being promoted to vice president in 2004.

As vice president, Sato will be responsible for the FRD/USA drill division’s sales, product improvements and territory expansion.  He has worked for the company for more than 20 years, with an assignment in Malaysia for two years as a sales representative and deputy general manager for FRD’s overseas marketing department.  Sato has been in the United States since 2009.