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Cooper appoints manufacturing vice president

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has promoted John Bodart to vice president of Cooper’s North American Tire manufacturing operations. Alex Perry was appointed plant manager at the Texarkana, Ark., manufacturing facility to replace Bodart.

A 20-year Cooper employee, Bodart will oversee North American Tire plant managers, operations excellence, reliability engineering and lean engineering. Most recently, he worked as plant manager in Texarkana.

Perry, who joined the company in 2001, will relocate from Cooper’s manufacturing facility in Melksham, England. He previously served in manufacturing operations, assembly operations and production roles in Melksham and Texarkana.

Perry is the first Cooper employee to become certified as a black belt under the Cooper Tire Lean Six Sigma program.

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