In 1978 David Poling Sr., founder and CEO of the Poling Group, a mechanical engineer, started Akron Special Machinery after 20 year of being President of Akron Steel Fabricators. Over the years, he has acquired several complimentary companies in the tire testing industry, leading to the creation of the Poling Group in 2003. The Poling Group’s focus on continual improvement and innovation of its machinery and software for the tire industry has grown into a world class supplier to the tire industry, and recent promotions within the companies set the course for continued success and stability.
David Poling, Sr., founder and CEO of the Poling Group, while not retiring, has decided to take on more of an advisory role within the Poling Group of companies. This decision demonstrates his trust and respect in the Poling Group management team moving forward.
David L Poling, Jr., CFO of the Poling Group since 2003 is stepping into the role of Chief Operating Officer and will take over the day-to-day operations and decision making for the Poling Group. David joined ASM in 1978 and has learned the tire industry from the ground up. His extensive experience includes all facets of shop floor machining, project management, production scheduling, and quality control.
Brian Mitchell, former VP of sales for Akron Special Machinery (ASM) is promoted to President of ASM. Brian joined ASM in 1979, Brian has extensive knowledge of tire machinery and testing equipment spanning both customer and manufacturing points of view. He is uniquely qualified to ensure that Poling Group customers receive custom tire testing machinery that meets and exceeds their most stringent processing requirements.
Leon Poole, former VP of Akron Steel Fabricators (ASF), is promoted to President of ASF. Leon began his career with ASF in 1987. Formerly he held the position of manager of system controls and design engineering and operating manager for the plant. Leon’s experience ensures he will lead ASF successfully into the future.
These promotions, along with the continued leadership of Troy Anenson, president of CTI and Alexander Hasbach, president of ASM-Hasbach cements the Poling Group as one of the leading innovators in the global tire industry.