Gary Kennon, President of Vehicle Service Group, Promoted to Dover Engineered Systems Executive Vice President

MADISON, Ind., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Gary Kennon, president of Madison,
Ind., based Vehicle Service Group (VSG), has been promoted to executive vice
president of the Dover Engineered Systems Group (DES) as part of a business
restructuring announced by VSG’s parent company, Dover, on Wednesday. In his new
role, Kennon will have oversight for five Dover operating companies as well as
responsibility for the segment’s operational excellence and supply chain

Dover announced it has realigned its businesses into a new segment structure
organized around its key end markets to better focus on growth strategies. VSG
is part of the DES segment, which is comprised of companies that design,
manufacture and service critical equipment and components serving the printing
and identification, transportation, waste handling, and industrial end markets.

Kennon’s promotion will eventually take him to Dover headquarters in Downers’
Grove, Ill. Dover has begun the search to replace him, and to assure a smooth
transition, Kennon will continue to support VSG until a new president is

Kennon’s career with VSG has spanned nearly 30 years, beginning in 1984 as a
design engineer. During this time, his progressively responsible roles have
included engineering manager, general manager of the inground/heavy-duty and
specialty products business unit, international sales manager, and vice
president of business development. He has served as president of VSG since 2005.

Kennon led the formation of VSG in 2009 by bringing together Rotary Lift
Consolidated with sister Dover company Chief Automotive Technologies. He has
also overseen a number of global acquisitions in Germany, Asia and the Americas
including Hanmecson in China and both Blitz and Elektron in Germany. Under
Kennon’s leadership, VSG has grown from being solely a lift supplier in a
predominantly North American market, to being a global leader in the vehicle
service equipment market with a portfolio of industry-leading brands offering
lifts, collision repair equipment, air compressors and welders.

“There is no doubt I leave VSG with very mixed emotions,” says Kennon. “On one
hand, I have spent the better part of my life working with great teams to build
and shape this great company and it will be difficult to leave friends and
colleagues. At the same time, I also look forward to the challenges this new
role will present and the opportunity to contribute through additional Dover
companies. I am confident VSG will remain in great hands and the leadership team
will continue to focus on both its long term growth initiatives, and the people
who have made VSG what it is today — its customers, suppliers and employees.”

About Vehicle Service Group
VSG comprises nine major vehicle lifting and collision repair brands: Rotary
Lift®, Forward Lift®, Direct-Lift®, Hanmecson®, Revolution Lift®, Chief®
Automotive Technologies, Elektron, Blitz® and nogra®. Based in Madison, Ind.,
VSG has operations worldwide, including ISO9001-certified manufacturing centers
in the U.S., Europe and Asia. VSG is part of the Engineered Systems segment of
Dover Corporation, a multi-billion dollar, global producer of innovative
equipment, specialty systems and value-added services. For more information
about VSG, visit or call (800) 640-5438.

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SOURCE Vehicle Service Group

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