Acquisitions, Expansions & Partnerships
American Water awards Badger Meter three-year contract
Badger Meter will supply water meters and metering systems to American Water after winning a three-year contract with the nation’s largest publicity traded water and wastewater utility company. The contract covers residential and commercial water meters, meter reading and analytics technologies.
Motion Industries acquires power transmission company
Missouri Power Transmission has been acquired by Motion Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company. Since 1970, Missouri Power Transmission has distributed power transmission equipment and industrial supplies. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are very pleased about the addition of this well-established company, which will bolster our power transmission sales and services in the Midwest and beyond,” said Kevin Storer, Motion Industries’ senior vice president of U.S. operations.
Equilibar doubles production area
Equilibar Precision Pressure Control founder and president Jeff Jennings said the company has “completely outgrown the space [it] used as a startup company.” The technology and manufacturing company focuses on hand-assembled, custom-designed fluid control products for customers that include U.S. and European petrochemical companies, global consumer products companies and global research companies. The expansion supports more product development, improved efficiency and environmental impact.
Rockwell agrees to acquire intelligent conveying systems company
MagneMotion will be absorbed by Rockwell Automation, complementing Rockwell’s “iTRAK to create the broadest portfolio of of independent cart solutions.” Many industrial applications including automotive and general assembly, packaging and material handling use MagneMotion systems. As the market continues to realize the benefits of applying independent cart technology, Rockwell Automation’s global organization will be a tremendous asset,” said Todd Weber, president and CEO of MagneMotion.
A.W. Chesterton’s expanded headquarters opening in May
The A.W. Chesterton Company’s expanded facilities will open May 5 after a year-long construction project. The offices will include an improved customer and employee training facility and a large service center. First the first time in 115 years, all the business’ employees will be in one location because of the project.
Inpro/Seal enters into charitable partnership at annual meeting
During its annual January sales meeting, Inpro/Seal volunteered at River Bend Foodbank. Since 1982, the charity has worked toward its mission to end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Nearly 40 Inpro/Seal employees participated in River Bend’s Backpack Program, which serves about 2,600 kids each week, ensuring they do not go hungry over the weekend. The team packed more than 3,000 backpacks in one afternoon and raised more than $200, which can purchase 1,000 meals.
May River Capital acquires Hunt Valve
Hunt Valve was purchased by May River Capital, which plans to invest in a platform to accelerate the company’s growth. Hunt Valve has supplied severe-duty valves to the metals industry and U.S. Navy for nearly 100 years. The company has the potential to expand into new sectors include energy, transportation, process, and oil and gas.
Tsurumi Pump expands North American sales management team
Anthony “Tony” Misiak and Jeff Davis recently joined Tsurumi Pump as regional sales managers. Responsible for the Midwest, Misiak is based out of Byron Center, Michigan, while Davis will oversee the Western region from Lake Sherwood, Missouri.
PSG Ebsray names business development manager
Steve Basclain will drive new business opportunities and support the global PSG sales team as the new business development manager for PSG Ebsray. He will oversee the company’s applications engineering, customer care, contracts, product management and aftermarket areas. Basclain has been involved in the technical, sales and management sectors of the Australian pump industry for more than 20 years.
NewAge promotes inside sales manager
Stephen McDevitt, previously assistant inside sales manager, received a promotion to inside sales manager with NewAge Industries. He has been with the company for 13 years and assumes the new position after the retirement of another employee. While supervising several key accounts, McDevitt will oversee a team of sales representatives who cover product lines for NewAge and its biopharmaceutical single-use division, AdvantaPure.
Hunt Valve adds to engineering support team
Bill Korda will serve as a drafter on Hunt Valve’s engineering support team. He has experience in engineering, machining and assembly, which he will use to aid the company in the development of more efficient and innovative products. Previously, Korda was involved in many facets of the company’s documentation and traceability programs as he supported the engineering, inspection and assembly departments.
Advisor appointed to second term with KMC Controls
Richard Newberry will serve a second term on Realcomm IBCon’s Advisory Council. He also serves as strategic advisor to KMC Control’s board of directors. Since 2014, Newberry has led corporate development, new product innovation and competitive strategy for KMC. The Advisory Council is a collaborative effort between building automation, property management and technology firms to address Industrial Internet of Things implementation challenges.
Awards, Milestones & Celebrations
Hydraulic Institute honors Jack Claxton with Lifetime Achievement Award
Jack Claxton, vice president of engineering with Patterson Pump Company, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hydraulic Institute (HI) after more than 40 years of service in the pump industry. Throughout his more than 30 years as an HI member, Claxton served on several committees as member and chairman. He previously receiving the organization’s Member of the Year Award. He has also been actively involved in the international standards community. In addition to holding a patent for a field serviceable vertical pumps, Claxton is the author of several articles.
Patrick Hogg named 2015 Young Engineer of the Year
HI awarded its Young Engineer of the Year Award to Patrick Hogg, product manager for Nidec Motor Corporation, during the organization’s 2016 annual conference. Hogg is an education webinar instructor and it involved with 10 HI committees, three of which he serves in a leadership capacity. The Young Engineer Award recognizes engineers under the age of 40 from member companies and Standard Partners who have made significant impact in their jobs and have worked to advance HI’s work.
AW-Lake Coriolis flow meters become CRN registered
AW-Lake Company’s TRICOR Coriolis Mas Flow Meters are now CRN registered in Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. The registration confirms the product meets high quality standards and operate safely under various working conditions. The technology is registered under Category F for measuring devices within the pressure vessel code.
Rockwell Automation wins Michelin Group Preferred Partner contract
The Michelin Group will use Rockwell Automation solutions to design innovative machines and leverage performance of its industrial assets through a new four-year contract that designates Rockwell as the preferred provider to all Michelin Group factories across the globe. “Innovation in mobility is at the heart of growth and urban well-being, and Rockwell Automation’s winning technologies make this a reality for Michelin,” said the vice president of capex procurement for The Michelin Group.