Fontaine Commercial Platform Trailer has promoted Karl Owens to president.

Owens began his career with Fontaine Trailer at the Kent, Ohio, facility as operations manager in 2003 and became general manager of the Kent facility a year later. He served as GM of the Xtremebeam and Fabrication businesses in 2007 and additionally became GM of the heavy-haul facility in Springville, Alabama.

In 2011 Owens was promoted to VP & GM of Fontaine Trailer Commercial Platform, where he has led the operations in growth and excellence to exceed year-over-year plans.

In his new role, he will be leading all aspects of the Commercial Platform business (including sales, operations, engineering and finance) to achieve strategic 80/20 growth. This position will report to Hank Prochazka, group president.