Snorkel president Frank Scarborough has left the company, RER Reports has learned. In a perfunctory statement, officials from U.K.-based Tanfield Group – Snorkel’s parent company since June 2007 – confirmed that Scarborough “left the company to pursue other interests,” although no reason was given.
Scarborough, a veteran of more than three decades in the aerial work platform industry, played a major role in resurrecting the company when St. Joseph, Mo.-based businessman Allen Havlin led a group of investors to acquire the aerial work platform manufacturer from Textron Inc. in December 2002. The company had ceased production and was essentially dormant until Havlin and other investors acquired the company and resumed production of the company’s well-respected aerial product line. With Scarborough, a rental industry veteran, spearheading the company’s efforts, beginning with a handful of employees, the company resumed production, later buying back its old manufacturing facility from Textron.
Last year, The Tanfield Group, which had resurrected U.S. aerial manufacturer UpRight Inc., acquired Snorkel for about $125 million, and shortly after that promoted Scarborough from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president.