Gary Bond retires after 32 years with Wood’s Powr-Grip.

Gary Bond, chief engineer at Wood’s Powr-Grip (WPG), has retired from the company after 32 years. He started with WPG in Wolf Point, Mont., after graduating from the University of Iowa.

One of his early projects was to design a new lifter with more versatility and function than a Powr-Frame, but at a similar cost. Thus the MRT4 was born about the same time as the company moved to Laurel, Mont. This design has also been a foundation for other lifters at WPG, such as the MRTA8 and MRTALP8. Bond’s focus on safety also led him to be an active member of the ASME safety standards committees.

“Gary’s passion for seeing WPG improve and succeed over the past 32 years has left a lasting impression on all of us. We wish him the best of luck and hope he is able to enjoy a well-deserved rest before embarking on his next stage in life,” says Bryan Wood, president and CEO.

Bond’s next move includes relocating to the Oregon coast, where he will remain as a consultant in the industry, with an emphasis on providing training, equipment servicing and repairs.

Assuming his responsibilities is , a 24-year veteran of WPG who has previously been in charge of new product development. Strobel will now be responsible for the entire engineering team at WPG.

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