Posted January 10, 2020

Laclede Chain announces restructuring

Laclede Chain Manufacturing Co. recently restructured its sales division to better meet the needs of specialized customers in general industry, rigging and marine, traction, and OEM sectors.

Jeff Doerge Dennis Boxdorfer
Doerge Boxdorfer

Laclede is a Fenton, Missouri-based manufacturer of industrial chain and accessories.

Jeff Doerge was promoted to general manager of Laclede's new Rigging & Marine Division. Doerge has been with Laclede for over a decade, and has spent the last five years focused specifically on developing his expertise in the rigging and marine sectors.

Dennis Boxdorfer has been elevated to general manager of Laclede’s General Industries division, which includes customers in the trailer, construction, and large retail sectors. Boxdorfer previously served as rep firm manager for four years, where he managed and provided resources to Laclede’s team of contracted independent manufacturer representatives. 

Chris Hric has joined Laclede Chain in the role of general manager for the company’s newly created OEM division. Prior to joining Laclede Chain, Hric spent nearly 20 years in sales leadership roles serving the manufacturing and industrial sector. Most recently, he worked as regional sales manager for a nationally recognized structural tubing fabricator, where he created and maintained the company’s first relationships with OEMs such as John Deere and Chrysler.

Austan Smith

Laclede hired Austan Smith as Southwest territory manager. This is a new position in the 
company, and Smith will serve customers across California, Arizona, and parts of Nevada.

Midwest sales manager Eric Kazmierzak will serve the growing trailer industry in the Midwest, working with the distributors, end-users, and OEMs in the trailer industry that Laclede serves across Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and parts of Illinois.

Kazmierzak previously worked as a sales manager for an RV and cargo distribution house in Elkhart, Indiana, which is known as the “RV Capital of America.”

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