South Bend, Ind. (May 29, 2013) — Charles B. Tate has joined Schafer Industries as manager of the company’s Driveline Division.
The Driveline Division, whose assets were acquired last year from Dana Holding Corporation, has two production facilities in Ohio. The 120,000-square-foot assembly plant in Fredericktown produces axles for leisure, all-terrain and utility vehicles; transmissions and transaxles for ATVs; and related off-highway brake components and assemblies. The 30,000-square-foot facility in Blacklick produces aluminum gear housings, ductile iron differential cases and ductile iron brake components.
Prior to joining Schafer Industries, Tate held various quality and engineering management positions including operations and technical services manager for Dana Holding Corporation. Tate most recently was senior production engineering manager for American SHOWA, Inc. in Sunbury, Ohio. He also served in the United State Marine Corps.
Tate has a B.S. in in engineering technology from East Tennessee State University and a master’s in engineering management from Eastern Michigan University. He is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as well as the American Welding Society from which he holds a license as a Certified Welding Inspector.
Schafer Industries also includes the Gear Division which operates three production facilities. The company’s Rockford, Ill. plant produces larger gears for heavy applications; the South Bend location produces higher volume gears for a variety of industrial applications, and the Fort Wayne, Ind. facility concentrates on high-precision fine-pitch gears for aircraft and medical applications.
Established in 1934, Schafer Industries has been under its present ownership since 1988. The company is a diversified supplier to a variety of markets in North America including leisure vehicles, material handling, mining, power transmission, construction, locomotive, aircraft, medical, as well as automotive and heavy-duty truck markets.