Spanish lifting equipment manufacturer Airpes has appointed Tad Dunville as general manager, North America.
Dunville joins Airpes following a brief spell with German marine and port crane component manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer, where he was regional sales manager. Prior to that he was director of corporate development at crane and lifting equipment manufacturer Ace World Companies.
Dunville began his career in 2004 when he joined Dearborn Crane & Engineering as manager of its Chicago division, after having held several summer internships with the company while at college. He took a couple of years out to complete a law degree, before returning to Dearborn in 2008 as export business development director. He was promoted to chief financial officer the following year.
In 2010 he left Dearborn to take up a role with digital marketing company the Ocean Agency as director of business development, leaving the following year to join construction networking company TigerTracks as chief executive. In 2016 he moved to Ace as director of corporate development, leaving to join Pintsch Bubenzer in 2019. He also sat on the board of Crane Certification Association of America between 2017 and 2019.
Dunville said: “Our goal is to be a seamless part of a crane company’s supply chain. We make complete weighing and monitoring systems, starting with load cells, overload devices, and readouts, and finishing with interface to PLC or other highly customisable solutions. Because we aren’t a load cell supermarket servicing any kind of scale needs, we can afford to specialise in crane and lifting applications. Our people think like crane people, not scale people.”
“We are building an organisation, not trying to row a boat upstream. This endeavour only works if we have a team of skilled people that can play well together. Because the US and Canadian markets are so big, we have to treat it as its own ecosystem. Products cannot just be shipped over, we need to have a full service support mechanism.”