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Press Release: Steve Plomin elected as the HDMSF Board Chairman for 2017

Date: February 14, 2017

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, HDMA, the commercial vehicle division of MEMA, held its annual election of officers and governors for the Heavy Duty Marketing and Sales Forum (HDMSF) during the fall board 2016 of governors meeting.

The Heavy Duty Marketing and Sales Forum (HDMSF) is a council comprised of sales and marketing executives of HDMA member companies.  This council is designed to drive the direction and content of HDMA market research publications, peer networking, as well as to discuss industry trends and forecasts.  

Steve Plomin was elected as the Heavy Duty Sales and Marketing Forum Board Chairman. Plomin has been a member of HDMSF since 2009, and has served on the board of HDMSF since 2014.

Plomin joined Orafol Americas in 2007 and has worked in the commercial transportation industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining ORAFOL Americas, Plomin held sales positions with Delco Remy and Grote Industries.

As manager of the Transportation Market, Plomin is responsible for leading the direction and strategy of the commercial truck & trailer, rail, agricultural, school bus, and fire/EMS business in North and South America. Plomin is currently active with TSEI (Transportation Safety Equipment Institute) TTMA (Truck & Trailer Manufacturers Association) ASABE (American Society of Agricultural Biological Engineers) NATM (National Association of Trailer Manufacturers) TMC (Technology & Maintenance Council) and NTDA (National Trailers Dealers Association).

HDMSF Officers:

·         Chairman – Steve Plomin, Manager, Transportation Market, ORAFOL Americas, Inc.
·         Vice Chair –  Sean Coleman, General Manager, Hendrickson Bumper and Trim
·         Immediate Past Chairman – Matt Forner, Director of Aftermarket Sales, Grote Industries

Newly Elected HDMSF Board Members:

·         Kent Bode, Director of OE Sales, Grote Industries, Inc.
·         Tom Smego, Director of Sales, Pressure Systems International
·         Cory Beeler, Director of HD Sales, BBB Industries / Wilson HD

Returning HDMSF Board of Governors:

·         Edward Powderly, Vice President of Sales, Betts Spring Company
·         Jeff Lindgren, Vice President & General Manager, On Road, Horton Holdings, Inc.
·         Jim Huls, Executive Vice President & COO, Link Manufacturing


Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), an 1,100 member company industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 111 year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.

A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 187 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.

HDMA is the Heavy Duty Division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), For more information, visit or


The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit