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WAUKEE, IA – Monarch Manufacturing has promoted Tony Oberman to general manager. Oberman had been senior operations director.

“We are delighted to promote Tony to the position of general manager,” said Larry R. Haberman, CEO of Monarch Holdings, Inc. “He brings a high level of experience, respect, wealth of knowledge and strong leadership to our company.”

Oberman also brings strong leadership to his community. “Not only has Tony proven himself within Monarch, he has been the Mayor of Waukee, IA, one of the fastest growing suburbs in the US,” says Haberman. “And, this past year, he was honored with the coveted Forty Under 40 award for Excellence in leadership in Greater Des Moines.” The award recognizes outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated exceptional community and business leadership

“Monarch is a great company,” says Oberman. “I have had the chance to move up taking on several positions at Monarch; I am looking forward to my new role and the opportunity to take on more responsibility. We have put together an excellent management team and staff at Monarch, I am fortunate to be leading such a talented group. In 2006 we will be introducing several new products, as well as, begin other initiatives to grow our company; it’s going to be an exciting year. “

Oberman joined Monarch as plant supervisor in 1999. He was promoted to senior operations director in the summer of 2005. As general manager, Oberman’s responsibilities will include overseeing sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing and financial aspects of the company. A prime objective of promoting Tony as GM is to bring a focus to Monarch to achieve significant growth via new products, new markets, and acquisitions. Oberman holds a MBA and a BS degree in Industrial Technology from Iowa State University.

Monarch manufactures a complete line of windows, including Egress, window bucks, and area walls integrated as a flexible system. For more information visit www.MonarchManufacturing.com

CHANGES FOR CIFA

A flurry of activity is taking place at CIFA USA, a CFA National Associate, to help support their expanding role in the U.S. market for concrete pumps. This includes their brand new production facility and additions to their sales staff.

Just seven months after the groundbreaking ceremony in mid-July the state-of-the-art facility in Yorkville, Wisconsin, is completed and officially the new home of the CIFA USA headquarters. This 8-acre facility consists of 38,000 square feet of production area with state-of-the-art equipment; 85,000 square feet paved area, and 5,600 square feet of office space.

The new facility will allow CIFA USA to accommodate the growth in sales and increase in personnel required to sustain its success. Future plans include expansion to quadruple the size of the Wisconsin facility which will allow for more growth in the product line. A Grand Opening ceremony is planned for mid-July, 2006. Mr. Matteo Rolla, Executive Vice President of CIFA USA, Inc states, “This Grand Opening will mark a new phase for CIFA USA and will include the introduction of new products designed exclusively for the US market.”

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Don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking with two new managers for CIFA USA in the coming months. The company has announced the appointment of Mr. Kim Kretchman as Southern Regional Sales Manager and Mr. Bob Miller as Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast Atlantic states. Mr. Rolla has this to say about the two newest members of CIFA’s team:

“Mr. Kretchman is an important asset to CIFA with his vast experience in the pumping industry. He worked for many years with Oshkosh Truck Division, owned his own pumping company for 10 years and then became operation manager for Loflin Concrete Pumping Division. Mr. Kretchman truly has hands-on experience in the pumping industry and is the kind of salesman every pumper would like to meet.”

“Mr. Miller’s appointment strongly reinforces our commitment to providing complete customer satisfaction with the highest quality concrete pumping equipment in the industry. We are proud to have him on board.”

Those located in North and South Carolina, southern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, Arizona, and New Mexico can contact Mr. Kretchman, based in South Carolina at (336) 345-4895 or email to kkretchman@cifausa.com. Those located in northern Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, and Maine can contact Mr. Miller, based in Maryland at (410) 610-9401 or email to bmiller@cifausa.com. Both may also be contacted by calling the CIFA USA headquarters at (877) 243-2345.

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