DALLAS — TRP International, a recognized premier axle component manufacturer for light- to medium-duty trailers in North America, announced the appointment of Ted Saltzman as vice president of sales to lead the company’s new business development efforts.
This move signals TRP’s strategic intent to venture aggressively into the heavy-duty trailer segment while also maintaining its recognized service standards for its existing clientele — including axle manufacturers, boat trailer manufacturers, open and enclosed trailer manufacturers, agricultural implement manufacturers, specialty vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket component distributors.
Chris Mileger, president of TRP, articulated the significance of Saltzman’s role: “Ted’s presence will invigorate our existing efforts and accelerate our ability to meet our strategic objectives. While we have established ourselves as leaders in the light- to medium-duty axle component space, we also see immense potential in marketing those products to the heavy-duty sector. Ted’s considerable industry experience and commitment to client engagement, paired with our comprehensive and ever-expanding product suite, lays the foundation for a transformative journey ahead.”
In recent years, global supply chain upheaval has underscored the importance of direct engagement for businesses. Mileger observed that in a post-COVID-19 landscape, personal touchpoints with customers are more crucial than ever. He believes that Saltzman’s focus on client relationships and TRP’s concerted efforts to have sales professionals always available and physically present, when possible, promises a reinforced bond with the company’s stakeholders.
TRP is renowned for its depth and breadth of offerings in the hub-, drum-, brake-, spindle- and leaf spring-component segments for the light- and medium-duty axle space. Its considerable expertise enables TRP to serve the largest axle OEMs in the country along with trailer manufacturers and the trailer aftermarket distribution channel.
“When discussing light- and medium-duty axle components, our portfolio is comprehensive — and expanding all the time,” Mileger added. “Our status as a top-tier provider was hard-earned and is a testament to our continued dedication to quality and innovation.”
Elaborating on TRP’s expansive reach, Mileger shared that TRP is an international entity, boasting three strategic facilities in the U.S. and one in China. This infrastructure allows the company to serve its customers adeptly and ensures they get unparalleled service and product quality. Mileger noted that Saltzman’s anticipated leadership, combined with the strength of TRP, will help solidify the organization’s promising trajectory in the industry, aiming for expansion and deeper customer relations.
Prior to joining TRP, Saltzman held executive sales positions with Hubbard-Hall, a manufacturer of metal finishing chemicals, and Optronics International, a vehicle lighting manufacturer. He holds an executive MBA from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Over his career, Saltzman has been professionally involved in the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association and the Intermodal Association of North America.
“In addition to Ted’s appointment, we have other strategic initiatives that are going to bring new and unique revenue-generating opportunities to our customer base, particularly our distributers,” said Mileger. “Ted will help us as we expand from our focus on running gear components to the broader category of frame components.”