Dolezych, a nearly 80-year-old German-based manufacturer of lifting equipment, slings, ropes and load-securing technologies, announced the creation of Doleco USA, the company’s first sales, distribution and manufacturing presence in North America.
The company called the move “strategic”, adding it was designed to expand the company’s business within the hemisphere and to stake a greater claim within the North American market.
Dolezych’s management also announced that it has chosen Ralph Abato to head its Doleco USA operation, a 30-year industry veteran. In his new role as managing director, Doleco USA
, Abato will concentrate on expanding the company’s presence in North America and will be responsible for all facets of its new U.S.-based manufacturing and distribution facility in Meriden, Conn.
“We see tremendous opportunities for continued growth in the North American market, in all product lines,” Udo Dolezych, president of Dolezych, says. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to add this respected professional to our management team.”
Abato was the longtime vice president of sales and marketing for Ancra International
and, most recently, vice president of strategic initiatives for Kinedyne Corp
Abato has been active in guiding industry trends and practices and is the former vice president of the Web Sling and Tie-Down Association (WSTDA) and has previously served as a member of its board of directors. The organization is widely recognized as the industry’s preeminent authority on lifting, lashing and load securement practices.
“Ralph is well respected and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the transportation industry and specific load securement regulations to this new enterprise,” Dolezych says.
The company believes that the engineering and quality of its products, its efficient manufacturing methods and worldwide sourcing will make it an able competitor in North America. With the impact of Doleco USA
’s new leadership and sales and marketing thrust, the company expects to begin serving large-scale customer needs immediately.