Dolezych, a German-based manufacturer of lifting equipment, slings, ropes and load-securing technologies, has opened its first sales, distribution and manufacturing presence in North America, trading under the name of Doleco USA.
The 78-year-old company’s management has chosen 30-year industry veteran Ralph Abato to head the new operation. In his new role as Managing Director, Abato will concentrate his talents and efforts on expanding the company’s presence in North America and will be responsible for all facets of the new manufacturing and distribution facility in Meriden, Connecticut.
“We see tremendous opportunities for continued growth in the North American market, in all product lines,” Udo Dolezych, President of Dolezych, said. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to add this respected professional to our management team.”
Prior to joining Dolezych, Abato has been serving as Vice President of Sales and marketing for Ancra International and, most recently, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Kinedyne Corp.
“Doleco USA’s ability to service this market with a domestic sales presence and our own onshore production facility is a key to our plan to becoming a major presence here,” Abato said. “This new position is a perfect fit for me and a unique opportunity to showcase Dolezych as a true global leader in lifting and cargo securement systems and products.”
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 organisation is widely recognised 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 said. “Ralph’s long, successful track record within the cargo control business will prove to be instrumental for continued growth in this strategic market.”