Pat Godwin Jr. has been elected to the board of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), and more specifically on the services committee, and government relations committee. Godwin is president of Godwin Manufacturing Co. in Dunn.
He was voted by NTEA membership to the board and will represent manufacturers of the truck equipment vocation. His three-year term started in March.
Godwin Manufacturing has been a member of NTEA since 1992 and Godwin is the first from the company to hold a seat on the board.
“I am humbled to have worked in this industry since childhood and earned the respect of my peers to have been elected by the members to the board. At my first board meeting I was impressed by the collaborative effort of the board to whom board members are actually my competitors in life. We are as one, and I look forward to serving the work truck industry,” Godwin said.
Godwin has been involved in the family business since his youth and became corporate president a few years ago. His father, Pat Godwin Sr., founded the business on April 1, 1966. Godwin Manufacturing’s main product is building various dump truck beds. However, under the younger Godwin’s leadership the Good Roads snowplow division has grown and yet another enterprise, Allied Mobile Systems, has developed from it.
Allied produces several first-of-its kind products. One such product called Forward Controls is a form of integrated steering wheel control which allows the snowplow truck driver to keep both hands on the steering wheel while driving and controlling the snowplow and salt spreader at the same time.
Other Allied Mobile innovations include a remote-control dumping mechanism called Road Runner for asphalt paving operations, and an air ride snowplow system to reduce plow blade weight on the road surface. These are among several other inventions in the works.
Locally, Godwin serves as a member and past chairperson of Harnett County Economic Development Council, board member of National Institute of Metalworking Skills at Western Harnett High School, board member of Harnett County Business/Education Partnership, past president of Rotary Club of Dunn, alumni and past board member of Leadership Harnett, past board member of Harnett County Properties Corp., and trustee of Heritage Bible College. He also participates in various local and regional philanthropic and social organizations and is a member of Long Branch PFWB Church.
Godwin resides in Dunn with his wife, Minnie. His eldest son, Patrick Godwin III, is also part of the Godwin team serving as marketing director. This summer his grandson, Dane, will join the company and there will be four generations working in the family business at one time.