Acquisitions, expansions and partnerships

Yokogawa forms strategic alliance with eSimulation

Yokogawa Corporation of America and eSimulation Inc. formed a strategic alliance to expand the advanced automation solution portfolios for both companies and bring enhanced value to the North American oil and gas midstream industry. eSimulation’s knowledge of midstream businesses has already resulted in Yokogwana launching several major initiatives to structure solutions for midstream applications.

CCC and REXA modernize steam turbines

REXA and Compressor Controls Corporation (CCC) entered a joint initiative to modernize steam turbine controls for enhanced performance. The combination of CCC’s governor controls and REXA actuation will enable turbine engineers to operate their trains with tighter set points and improve overall efficiency and increase process uptime.  

LAGCOE broadens mission to reflect strategic growth

Nonprofit energy industry organization LAGCOE expanded its mission to more holistically serve the global energy industry through focused initiatives surrounding generational industry education, introductory and ongoing career development and networking events. The expansion is designed to better reflect the organization’s 62 years of strategic growth.

Borets acquires new operations facility

Borets purchased a new 11.2-acre operations facility in Midland, Texas. The 58,000-square-foot facility provides manufacturing and service capabilities as well as about 10,000 square feet of office space. The new facility will accommodate assembly and dismantle operations, a full-service cable shop, and the sales and field service teams equipped to serve the company’s customers throughout the Permian Basin.

Bacharach updates brand, logo and website

Bacharach Inc. launched an updated website and brand identity, revitalizing its logo and company colors and redesigning its collateral materials to offer a stronger presence in its focus markets. The new brand identity more closely follows Bacharach’s strategic direction and focus of instrumentation solutions for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration industries.

petrochemical, gas turbine, Siemens

Siemens delivers four SGT-700 gas turbines for a major petrochemical project in Oman. Image courtesy of Siemens

Siemens to supply equipment for Oman petrochemical project

Siemens and its Dresser-Rand business will undertake a major petrochemical project in Oman. The companies will supply two gas turbine-driven compressor trains and two gas turbine generator packages for the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex. The natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction plant in Fahud, located about 300 kilometers southwest of the capital of Muscat, is part of the industrial complex. The NGL extraction plant is expected to go into operation in 2019 to extract valuable liquefied natural gases.


Pinguet, flow expert, NEL

Bruno Pinguet. Image courtesy of NEL

Leading flow measurement expert joins NEL

Flow measurement research and development specialist NEL appointed Dr. Bruno Pinguet as senior consultant. Pinguet has more than 25 years of international experience. He has published more than 140 scientific papers and holds several patents. His appointment is expected to help NEL drive forward the next generation of multiphase flow measurement challenges and focus on helping industry achieve the cost-effective exploitation of reserves in technically challenging production environments. Specifically, he work on the verification of in-situ meter performance.

Solon names first female executive as new VP of operations

Diane Popovich, Solon, female executive

Diane Popovich. Image courtesy of Solon Manufacturing Company

Solon Manufacturing Company appointed Diane Popovich as its new vice president of operations. Popovich holds the first female executive position in company history. Popovich brings 23 years of manufacturing industry to Solon Mfg. She first came to the company in 2015 as sales and marketing director. Previously, she served as sales director at Nook Industries in Cleveland, Ohio. In her new role, Popovich will oversee all operational processes within the organization with a specific focus on identifying and developing best practices for process improvements and cultivating individual and team development.

Brooks Instrument names new chief technology officer

Brooks Instrument hired Mohamed Saleem as its chief technology officer to oversee the company’s California-based technology development center. He has more than two decades of experience working with leading companies in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, Saleem was vice president of engineering and business development at Fujikin of America and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Saleem holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India; a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University; and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. He is active in several SEMI industry technical groups and has published and co-authored numerous technical papers in semiconductor-related journals.

CORTEC appoints director of international business development

CORTEC appointed Scott Gooding as director of international business development. Gooding joins CORTEC from NOV,  where he served as vice president of business and product development. He brings to CORTEC more than three decades of business development experiences with many oil and gas companies.

Safety Components, Ana-Maria Petrea

Ana-Maria Petrea. Image courtesy of Safety Components

Safety Components grows management team

Safety Components named Ana-Maria Petrea as its merchandise planning manager in a move to optimize the production and inventory of its high-performance technical fabrics and assist sales efforts. In this role, Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, which includes WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, and Armor AP, Glide Ice and PBI Max structural firefighting materials.

Hoover Ferguson names new chief financial officer

Hoover Ferguson Group named Troy L. Carson as its new chief financial officer. In this role, Carson will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company, including accounting, finance, strategic planning, property management, deal analysis and negotiations, investor relationships and partnership compliance, and private and institutional financing. Carson joins Hoover Ferguson from Hercules Offshore, where he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

CORTEC, Mike Conti

Mike Conti. Image courtesy of CORTEC

Wilo adds new regional sales manager

Wilo USA hired Mike Conti as its new regional sales manager of residential and commercial building services for the Southwest region. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the sales operation within his region, which includes servicing the needs of customers, developing sales strategies and setting targets, and collecting customer feedback and market research. Conti brings more than 28 years of experience to Wilo, having previously worked as an HVAC market manager, national accounts manager and national sales manager in the industrial, HVAC and original equipment manufacturer industries.

Gasco hires new account manager

Sheila Eicke was hired as an account manager for Gasco to promote and sell Gasco Specialty Gases globally. Eicke comes to Gasco with 26 years of experience with calibration gases and associated equipment, and brings significant industry knowledge and account management skills to the position. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technologies from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Bacharach expands sales team

Bacharach Inc. appointed Karl Roberts as regional sales manager to oversee the U.K., Ireland and Northern Europe. Roberts has a background in gas detection and related industry experience, most recently serving as territory sales manager with Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, where he was responsible for industrial safety portable and fixed gas detection product ranges in the U.K., Nordic and Eastern Europe regions. In his new role, Roberts will focus on developing Bacharach’s key food retail, industrial and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning accounts. 

Awards, milestones and achievements

Wilo USA’s Paulina Tompea named Georgia’s 2016 Face of Manufacturing

Wilo USA employee Paulina Tompea was recognized in the November 2016 Faces of Manufacturing program by the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia selects one manufacturing professional based on his or her work and leadership in the industry. Tompea is the plant manager at Wilo’s Thomasville, Georgia, facility. Her career experiences and her lifelong commitment to building stronger teams were factors in her selection.

CHL Systems celebrates 60th anniversary

CHL Systems marks its 60th anniversary. Founded in 1957 by Clayton H. Landis, the company began as an equipment repair and installation firm in eastern Pennsylvania. Since then, the company has grown and transitioned to the design and fabrication of custom process automation equipment and services for production facilities in a variety of industries including snack foods, confectionery, food processing and packaging, meat handling and packaging, pharmaceutical, steel, energy and general manufacturing.

Orbital awarded prestigious accreditation

Certification audits on Orbital Gas Systems North America’s headquarters and manufacturing center in Houston, Texas, have been successfully completed and as a result, the company was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certification. Extensive audits of Orbital were carried out earlier this year by the international independent and certification body National Quality Assurance USA. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world.