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Industry Mourns the Passing of Scarab Founder, Rodger Hoadley

November 15, 2005

The following information was provided to World Sweeper from Scarab company officials:

Rodger Hoadley The passing of Scarab's founder undoubtedly marks the end of an era. Indeed Rodger's influence over the growth of the company and of many of the individuals within the organisation cannot be overstated.

Within our industry, Rodger was regarded as an icon and was well known for his innovative thinking and a rare passion for the product. His presence at the many events and functions that he attended, not just in the UK but also around the world, will be sorely missed.

It has been remarked that, had he been active in the Victorian age, Rodger's name would now be as famous as any of the other notable engineers of the time. For the Scarab company and its employees, things will never be quite the same. Rodger's legacy is that he left a strong, well-structured business, one that produces a first-rate product range and is supported by the very experienced and knowledgeable management team and work force that Rodger took such great care to establish.

To paraphrase the words of another cigar-smoking icon from England's WWII era: "He gave us the tools to do the job." It is with these thoughts firmly in mind that we will continue to build on Rodger's strong foundations.

On a personal level, Rodger is survived by his wife Joy, and their three children. The Hoadley family members have confirmed their unanimous commitment to ensuring the long-term future and security of the family-owned business. As previously planned, John Affleck has been appointed as Managing Director with overall responsibility for both of Rodger's companies, Scarab Sweepers Limited and RJP Engineering Limited. He will also still retain direct responsibility for the Finance and Administrative functions of the companies.

Darren Hoadley has also recently been appointed to the Main Board as Operations Director for both companies, and will assist John with regard to specific projects, at the same time retaining direct responsibility for the IT functions of the overall organization. A memorial service has been arranged for Wednesday 14th December 2005 at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent. For further information please contact Sharon Bowden at

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