Robert A. Spoerl Named Chief Executive Officer At Coast Engineering

Coast Engineering & Manufacturing Company (CE&MCO), formerly PACECO, Inc., has announced the retirement of Robert D. Teece Sr., as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Teece will continue to serve on CE&MCO's board of directors and as senior executive consultant on a limited time basis. The company further announced that Robert A. Spoerl, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been elected to succeed Mr. Teece.

With over 30 years' experience in heavy manufacturing, Mr. Spoerl joined CE&MCO in April 1984 as vice president of operations. He was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in April 1988, which gave him direct line responsibility for the major functions of manufacturing, technical services, project management, government services, the marine equipment business unit and operations, including engineering, purchasing, estimating and quality assurance.

"CE&MCO entered 1989 with a record $66 million backlog of sales orders," Mr. Spoerl said. "In the coming year, we are confident that the company will begin to realize our full profit potential and continue on into a bright future." Coast Engineering & Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Fruehauf Corporation of Detroit, Mich., maintains a 100-acre manufacturing facility in Gulfport, Miss.

A leading designer and manufacturer of container-handling cranes, the prime government contractor is also recognized as one of the South's leading manufacturers of customdesigned heavy machinery for defense, space, power generation, material handling and marine applications.

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