Caterpillar, HUSCO International execs to co-chair IFPE 2017 show

Caterpillar Inc. System Product Manager Philip McCluskey and HUSCO International Chief Operating Officer Bob Mortensen have been named co-chairs of the 2017 IFPE exposition and will lead the triennial show’s management committee.

IFPE is industry-led by volunteer business executives to ensure the greatest value for attendees, exhibitors and all show participants. The next IFPE will be March 7-11, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show is the leading international exposition and technical conference dedicated to the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications.

IFPE is co-located with the CONEXPO-CON/AGG exposition for the construction industries. The 2014 IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG, held in March, saw record exhibit and education numbers and nearly 130,000 registered attendees, including 24-percent international.

McCluskey and Mortensen served as vice chairs of the 2014 IFPE managing committee.

“As an equipment manufacturer and show committee member, I can tell you IFPE understands the business needs of attendees; IFPE 2014 was one of the best ever and in 2017, IFPE attendees will find even more expert knowledge and product solutions for their companies,” McCluskey said.

Mortensen said that strong collaboration between suppliers and OEMs is key to meeting the needs of end users.

“IFPE 2017 provides an outstanding venue for efficient-focused collaboration allowing suppliers to promote product capabilities to OEM’s,” Mortensen said.

Mortensen joined HUSCO International in 2001 and currently serves as COO. He is responsible for HUSCO’s Off-Highway Division. In this capacity, he leads businesses in North America, China, India and the United Kingdom. Before joining HUSCO, Mortensen accumulated more than 15 years of engineering, operations and leadership experience with Briggs & Stratton, SSI Controls and Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Marquette University. He serves in board positions for the National Fluid Power Association, the United Way of Waukesha (WI) County and is on the steering committee for the Waukesha County Manufacturing Alliance.

McCluskey joined Caterpillar in 1998 and is the system product manager responsible for worldwide implement and steering systems business, including technical strategy, design, sourcing, quality, profitability and asset management. He was product portfolio director of Caterpillar Brasil Ltda. (CBL), managing new product introduction, engineering and production planning, and also served as manager of advanced materials technology at Caterpillar’s Technology & Solutions Division, and as a research scientist with United Technologies Corp.
He has a Bachelor of Science and doctorate in ceramic science from Alfred University and is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program. He has 15 patents, has authored numerous publications and serves as an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and is on the board of the National Fluid Power Association.

IFPE is co-owned by the National Fluid Power Association and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

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