In Memoriam: Glen Barton

Glen Barton, former Caterpillar Inc. chairman and CEO, died Oct. 24, 2016, in Peoria, Illinois, at age 77. He retired from Cat in 2004 after nearly 43 years of service, spending his last five years with the company as chairman and CEO.

“The Caterpillar family is extremely saddened by Glen’s passing,” says Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “Glen’s legacy of leadership extends far beyond Caterpillar’s walls. His commitment to Peoria and our communities was remarkable.”

Barton joined Cat in 1961 and held numerous marketing and general management positions. After two tours with Caterpillar Overseas S.A. in Geneva, where he served in various marketing capacities from 1964 to 1968 and from 1972 to 1975, Barton became manager for South American Sales. In 1977, he became manager of Merchandising Division General Offices. Barton moved to Mentor, Ohio, in 1983 to become the U.S. sales and product support manager for the industrial lift truck division of Caterpillar. From 1984 through 1986, he was manager of Products Control. In 1987, he was elected a vice president of Caterpillar and president of Solar Turbines Inc., a wholly owned Cat subsidiary in San Diego. In 1989, he became executive vice president with responsibility for worldwide marketing. Effective July 1, 1990, Barton became group president with responsibility for design, development and production of most of Caterpillar’s extensive line of forest, mining and construction equipment. His responsibilities also included marketing and sales operations in North America, South America, Latin America and Japan. Feb. 1, 1999, he was named chairman and chief executive officer.

Barton previously served on the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Missouri – Columbia and on the boards of directors for Inco Ltd. and Newmont Mining Corp. He was a global advisor to The Conference Board and a trustee of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Foundation. He served as a member of the Business Roundtable, the Illinois Business Roundtable and the U.S. President’s Export Council.

In 2012, Barton was recognized for helping pave the way for Cat’s leadership in the global mining industry with his induction into the National Mining Hall of Fame, which credits him with the foresight to more heavily involve Cat in mining.

Lindner America adds to North American sales staff


Lindner America LLC, which is the distributor of a wide range of equipment for the recycling and waste management industry, has added Robert Vogel to its staff as sales manager for the West Coast.

Vogel, who joined Raleigh, North Carolina-based Lindner America this past April, has been working to grow the company’s business in 14 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.

Vogel has more than 30 years of experience in the waste and recycling industry and has held a number of managerial positions with shredder suppliers and landfill companies.

“I am delighted to be able to bring my know-how into an extremely innovative company such as Lindner and promote its expansion in the North American market,” Vogel says.

Lindner America LLC is a business group of Austria-based Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH, a manufacturer of equipment for the waste and recycling industry. The core activity of Lindner-Recyclingtech is in producing shredding technology. The company has established a range of products consisting of single-shaft shredders and conveying and separation technology. Lindner-Recyclingtech also has established a worldwide distribution and service network in this field.

Metro Alloys adds to leadership team

The scrap metal company Metro Alloys Inc., East Point, Georgia, has named Abby Frank its director of scrap management. Frank will work with the company’s ferrous and nonferrous operations and will focus on customer service and long-term growth.

“Abby joins our senior management with tremendous industry experience, spanning both domestic and international scrap operations,” says Metro Alloys President Neil Berman. “He has an impressive track record of building strong customer relationships, which is essential to the culture at Metro Alloys.”

Frank joins Metro Alloys with nearly 20 years of experience in the scrap industry. In addition to working for his family’s scrap businesses, he has held senior management positions within the industry in the United States and Canada. His areas of expertise include ferrous and nonferrous scrap, domestic and international operations, consumers, mills and suppliers and industrial and retail recycling programs.