Trail King Industries, manufacturer of open deck and material hauling trailers, named Bruce Yakley as its new president. Yakley will succeed current president Carol Lowe, who is returning to Carlisle Cos. on April 1, 2011.
Yakley brings 37 years of extensive experience in lean manufacturing, supply-chain management, engineering, and product development to Trail King.
“Bruce Yakley comes to Trail King with the experience needed to navigate today’s demanding marketplace,” said CC Industries president and CEO, Bill Crown. “His strong track record in operational efficiency and organic growth, combined with an emphasis on quality and customer centricity will be the key assets to driving the continued success of Trail King.”
Crown also said, “We are grateful for the leadership of Carol Lowe, especially through one of the industry’s most challenging economic cycles. We wish her much success in her future endeavors. ”
Yakley has significant experience in the trailer industry and most recently served as president and COO of Brenner Tank, LLC headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisc. While leading Brenner, Yakley significantly grew production capacity and profitability through continuous improvement initiatives. Prior to joining Brenner, Yakley held the position of vice president and general manager of the Refuse Vehicle Division of Federal Signal. Yakley also held senior management positions with Leach Co. and JI Case.
Yakley holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has extensive formal training in graduate level management, ISO 9000 quality systems, and continuous improvement.