Dakota Bodies announces new president and CEO


Dakota Bodies (Watertown, South Dakota) announced Jim Peterson was named as president, effective Sept. 23, 2019. Jeff Orthaus, who has been the president of Dakota Bodies since they opened up their doors in 1997, will be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Orthaus says the transition is a very positive move for the company. “Jim’s knowledge, parallel experience and fresh insight will be a valuable asset as we continue to maintain and accelerate the growth and success of Dakota Bodies,” said Orthaus. “We have outgrown some of our current processes and this new leadership structure will better serve our company as a whole. I look forward to the addition of Jim to our team and building on the momentum established here at Dakota Bodies.”

Peterson, a South Dakota native, was previously EVP of manufacturing operations for Manitex International and has over 25 years of progressive manufacturing experience. “I am excited to assume this new role and join this reputable team. This is an exciting time for Dakota Bodies, and I look forward to the future and continuing the hard work from
which the company was founded,” said Peterson.

For more information, visit dakotabodies.com.

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