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Dr. William Dobbins is Named President and CEO of Caster Concepts, Inc.

August 8, 2003

Dr. William Dobbins is Named President and CEO of Caster Concepts, Inc.


ALBION, Mich. (Aug. 8, 2003) – Caster Concepts, Inc. (CCI), a leading manufacturer of specialty and custom-designed casters for industrial use, recently named William Dobbins, M.D., as president and CEO. Dr. Dobbins was one of CCI’s founders in 1987 and, until this year, maintained his own group medical practice as well as participating in the leadership of CCI since its inception.

Since becoming president of Caster Concepts, Inc., Dobbins is building upon the company’s existing efficiencies by implementing new manufacturing, inspection, testing and delivery processes that are difficult for competing caster manufacturers to duplicate. To help strengthen CCI’s position in the market place, and identify which new technological advancements should be implemented to set CCI apart from its competitors, Dr. Dobbins entered the Executive MBA program at the University of Michigan last year and will graduate in May 2004. Dobbins stated “education at all levels of our business will be a key to maintaining the competitive advantages that we have developed in the future”. He has spearheaded the intense process-flow study of manufacturing operations currently underway at CCI.

Caster Concepts offers a comprehensive line of industrial casters, ranging from a medium-duty series to a heavy-duty series with a load capacity of 50,000 pounds. CCI also provides caster wheels to withstand impact, corrosion, temperature extremes, and chemicals found in harsh industrial environments. These multi-functional casters and wheels serve a variety of applications in the industrial, automotive, food service, aerospace, material handling, and other demanding markets.

Dr. Dobbins’ family has a long history in the caster business. His father, Richard, was president of Albion Industries from 1967 until his retirement in 1986 and serves as Chairman of CCI. Along with his father, and Mr. Jack Turner the company’s present Vice President of Sales, Dr. Dobbins founded Caster Concepts, Inc. the following year. Since then the company has grown to become one of the larger and innovative caster and wheel manufacturers in the country – providing standard and engineered caster solutions.

An avid participant in numerous community activities, Dr. Dobbins is a member of the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce, for which he will serve as president in 2004; the Albion Area Manufacturers Association; and a member of the Albion College Capital Campaign Committee. He also organized the recent Calhoun County Manufacturers meeting at Albion College, which drew over 300 attendees.

Dr. Dobbins attended Albion College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1974 and received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1977. He and his wife of 28 years, Karen, reside in Albion and have two adult children and one who still resides at home.


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