Eaton Corp. today announced that it would realign its heavy-duty transmission division into two distinct business units – one for performance and vocational transmission products, the other for automated and fleet transmission products.

"Each business unit will be responsible for its own products throughout their life cycle, from inception to design, manufacture, installation and field use," said George Nguyen, vp and general manager for the heavy-duty transmission division. "This provides a clearer view of our transmission product line's 'value streams', and will enhance our growth opportunities and speed our response to urgent customer needs."

Dave Bennett has been named general manager of the performance and vocational transmission products business unit, responsible for Fuller 13, 15, 18 speeds and "LL" deep reduction transmissions.

Curt Hutchins has been named general manager for the automated and fleet transmission products business unit, responsible for Fuller 7, 9 and 10-speed "RT", "FR", and Lightning transmissions, as well as AutoShift and UltraShift automated transmissions.

Bennett is transferring from Eaton's aerospace components division in Grand Rapids, MI, where he has been the business unit manager for the past 18 months. Prior to joining Eaton, he served as global engineering director and electromechanical power systems director for Honeywell.

Hutchins comes to Eaton from WaterPik Technologies, where he was most recently vp of operations. He previously served as executive team leader and plant manager at Parker Hannifin's Abex NWL Aerospace Division in Kalamazoo, MI.

Bennett and Hutchins both will report directly to Nguyen.