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New President at Pollmann North America

June 26, 2008

Pollman N.A.'s longtime President returns to Austria

It was announced earlier this year that Pollmann North America’s first President and General manager, Mr. Johann Harrer, will be returning to Pollmann GmbH in Austria to take on a new assignment for special projects. Pollmann’s new North American President is Andreas Reger. The Austrian Trade Commission along with Mr. Michael Milosits from the Austrian General Consulate was invited to attend the farewell party.

Pollmann, a manufacturer of electronic-mechanical components for the automobile industry, opened its North American plant in Romeoville , Illinois in 2001. Mr. Harrer was responsible for the turning Pollmann North America into a true Austrian success story. A long way from its humble beginnings 7 years ago, Pollmann N.A. now has approximately 50 employees along with a state of the art manufacturing facility.

At a farewell luncheon, Mr. Harrer was praised by several of members of the Pollman N.A. team for his leadership and dedication. Pollmann N.A.’s human resource manager, Andreas Miloczki said “Mr. Harrer gives new meaning to the term working manager”. Also, in a surprise visit from Austria , Robert Pollmann, the owner and President of Pollmann GmbH, honored Mr. Harrer for his success in building and managing Pollmann’s U.S. operation. According to Mr. Pollmann, Johann Harrer was the natural choice to send to the United States “there is no one else at Pollmann who could have done a better job”, said Mr. Pollmann.

The Austrian Trade Commission was also honored to have been mentioned during the luncheon for the extensive assistance which it provided to Pollmann during the site-selection and initial startup phases as well as the continued support given to Mr. Harrer and the Pollmann company over the years. Also in attendance at the luncheon was Sarah Ames from the law firm of Thiedmann & Edler, as well as a representative from the Fifth Third Bank.

Presenting a key to the “front door”, the outgoing Mr. Harrer welcomed Pollmann N.A.’s new President, Mr. Andreas Reger to the Pollmann team.

We at the Austrian Trade Commission would also like to thank Mr. Harrer for his many years of friendship and close cooperation, we sincerely wish Mr. Harrer and his family continued success and happiness in Austria and at Pollmann. In addition, we would also like to welcome Mr. Reger to Pollmann as well as to the Austrian community here in the Midwest . We wish Mr. Regar much success in his new position and look forward to continuing to help and support Pollmann N.A. in the future.