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Jay Davenport Joins Company

Peterson Manufacturing Announces Director of OEM Sales

Press Release | 02.22.22 | Carlos Romious

GRANDVIEW, MO (February 15, 2022) –– Peterson Manufacturing, a world-leading innovator in the design, engineering and manufacturing of a complete line of commercial vehicle/trailer safety lighting and harness systems, is pleased to announce Jay Davenport as Director, OEM Sales.

“We are excited to welcome Jay to the Peterson team. He brings with him many years of experience building strong relationships and taking care of fleets and OEMs in the commercial vehicle market,” said Al Anderson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Jay has been focused on lighting and harness systems for his entire career. His skills and experiences ensure that Peterson remains customer focused and top of mind to our current and future fleet and OEM customers.”

As Director, OEM Sales, Davenport will be responsible for developing and managing OEM relationships across several market segments, positioning Peterson as the standard or optional lighting and harness system choice for the OEMs within those segments.

Davenport comes to Peterson from Clarience Technologies where he was the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for their RoadReady system in 2020. This was his second stint at the company. He left Clarience, then Truck-Lite, in 2011 to join the Maxxima Division of Panor Corporation as its National OEM Manager at, where he developed their OEM base.

Davenport was originally at Truck-Lite for 16 years. He held numerous positions like National Director of OEM Trailer/Body, working with OEM and fleet accounts that were strategic to the company’s growth, and Central Area Sales Director, where he focused on fleets, manufacturers as well as the Aftermarket.

Earlier in his career, he was the National Sales Manager of Heavy Truck at K-D Lamp Company, where he helped develop products for large heavy and medium duty truck manufacturers. At R.E. Dietz Company, Davenport was a Regional Sales Manager, specializing in the automotive, truck, and agriculture industries.

Davenport holds a B.S. in Business from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Peterson Manufacturing Company
Founded in 1945, Peterson Manufacturing Company is a world-leading innovator in the design, engineering and manufacturing of a complete line of commercial vehicle/trailer safety lighting and harness systems. With headquarters in the greater Kansas City area, Peterson is a privately held company. An ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Peterson Manufacturing is a key subsidiary of Peterson Corporation, five highly specialized companies and nearly 700 associates working in global transportation-related industries. For more information, visit