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April 20, 2013

Supreme Industries has new president

GOSHEN — Supreme Industries Inc., a manufacturer of vehicles including truck bodies, buses, armored vehicles, and specialty vehicles, has hired Mark D. Weber as president and chief executive officer of the company effective May 6.

Weber, 55, has served since 1996 as an executive at Federal Signal Corp., a manufacturer of environmental and safety solutions for municipal, governmental, and industrial customers. According to Supreme officials, since 2003, Weber has served as the group president responsible for five divisions with revenues in excess of $500 million supporting global customers in the firefighting, municipal cleaning, industrial access, and industrial cleaning market segments.

Prior to joining Federal Signal, Weber spent 17 years at Cummins Engine Co., a  manufacture of diesel engines. During his last assignment at Cummins as director of advanced midrange engine manufacturing, Weber led a team that was responsible for the development and execution of a global manufacturing strategy for its largest diesel engine business segment. He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and a master of business administration degree from Indiana University.

“Mark brings a market-based strategic perspective, high level of customer focus, and a strong commitment to talent development. He has a proven track record in developing market-leading brands, which is built on a foundation of more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing,” said Herbert Gardner, Supreme’s chairman of the board. “We believe that Mark will be a great complement to our executive leadership team and should ensure a continuation of the excellent progress the company is making.”

Matthew Long, chief financial officer, has been serving as interim CEO since Kim Korth resigned as CEO in September 2011.

The company will hold a webcast of its first quarter earnings announcement Friday at 9 a.m. To listen to the conference call 877-317-6789 or go online to www.supremeind.com. The event ID is 10027941.

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