It’s probably more than fitting that Mervin Dunn ended up as CEO of Commercial Vehicle Group.
Some would say that it was a doubtful end for a man who grew up in a household where no one else completed grade school, but Dunn and CVG are products of the old-fashioned American premise of doing the hard work that moves people.
So when CVG, a supplier of fully integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, was on the verge of bankruptcy in the early part of the decade, it called on Dunn for some of his vigor.
And it was no surprise that Dunn, who beat the limited means of his childhood and earned his money for college tuition by working the tobacco fields and later taking positions with PepsiCo and GTE, was ready to take on the challenge.
Digging in, Dunn didn’t just resurrect the business plan at CVG, he changed the company outlook. Early in the company’s turnaround, unhappy that the corporate offices were disconnected from the plants, Dunn drove through the night with a group of executives to visit a plant. It had been a long time since the folks in that plant had seen a corporate officer, so what Dunn did next nearly knocked them out: Seeing that the place was dirty, he went out and bought $3,000 worth of cleaning supplies. Rolling up his sleeves, he joined in with the plant workers to start digging CVG out of the muck.
HOW TO REACH: Commercial Vehicle Group, (614) 289-5360 or www.cvgrp.com