Acquisitions, Expansions & Partnerships

Lewis-Goetz opens facility operation
Lewis-Goetz has opened a new distribution, production and service center in Salt Lake City. The service center brings three Lewis-Goetz category leaders, Valley Rubber and Gasket, Evco House of Hose, and Advanced Sealing, together on one campus. Operations between the two buildings include a distribution center, metal hose shop, laser engraving station, custom hose fabrication, large- and small-bore hose fabrication, hydrostatic testing, over-the-counter sales, gasket manufacturing, and an industrial sew shop.


New president at Smith Flow Control
Tracey Goldsmith is the new president of Smith Flow Control, a safety interlock and valve management systems company., Goldsmith is responsible for the company’s strategic development and global operations performance. Longtime Smith Flow Control president Mike D’Anzieri is now the president at sister Halma company Rohrback Cosasco Systems. Goldsmith has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, finance and management roles. She joined Smith Flow Control in 2012 as finance director from manufacturer Elma Electronic U.K. Ltd. (Bedford, U.K.). She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Lenze announces new director of engineering
Mark Collins is the new director of engineering for Lenze Americas. Collins has worked with the company for more than 25 years, most recently, as manager of power electronics. In his new role, he leads the engineering department in supporting global inverter sales growth through product adaptation for the Americas’ marketplace, sustaining engineering and manufacturing support. In addition, Collins he join the Lenze Americas business leadership team. Prior to working with Lenze, Collins held positions with Textron and Cincinnati Milacron. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Sellers new VP finance at Grundfos Pumps
Grundfos Pumps Corporation appointed Anthony Sellers as vice president of finance for the company’s Americas region. He will be responsible for all financial activities for North and South America and will report directly to president and CEO Duncan Cooper. Sellers holds a degree in corporate finance from Wayne State University in Detroit and has held finance and accounting positions in various large corporations, including Pentair. Most recently, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of finance at Siegwerk North America.

M&I Electric names new VPs
Mark Haubert is now the senior vice president, sales and marketing for American Electric Technologies, Inc. (AETI)’s M&I Electric business. Haubert brings has more than 25 years of sales, marketing, engineering, operations and executive leadership experience in the energy industry. In his new role, he will oversee global responsibility for the company’s strategic and tactical sales and marketing initiatives targeting the oil and gas, power generation and distribution, marine and industrial segments.

Also at AETI, Bill Brod has joined the company as its senior vice president and CFO. He was most recently the CFO for OceanGeo B.V., a global provider of ocean bottom seismic services. Prior to OceanGeo, Brod served in a variety of roles with international power company AES Corporation including vice president, CFO and director for multiple business units in the U.S. and Mexico.

New president at Blue-White
Rob Gledhill will serve as the new president of Blue-White Industries, Ltd. The company’s board of directors voted him to the position unanimously on Nov. 2. Gledhill has been with the company for more than 25 years and has had experience in all phases of production and marketing. He was instrumental in the development and launch of Blue-White’s Pro-Series and Proseries-M lines of metering pumps and flowmeters.

MCAA members elect 2016 leadership
Joseph Incontri, director of marketing and projects for KROHNE Inc., will serve as the Measurement, Control & Automation Association’s new chairman. Incontri will succeed Robert Carrell, president of Hoffer Flow Controls. Carrell will serve on the board as past chairman. In his position with KROHNE, Incontri manages all aspects of marketing including marketing communications and product marketing for North America.

Schneider Electric Vice President Peter Martin was elected vice chairman and treasurer of the association. He has more than 30 years of experience in training, engineering, product planning, marketing and strategic planning.

Michael Gallagher, president of CENTRO Inc.; Don Maness, vice president and general manager of field products for Honeywell Process Solutions; and Mike Waters, president and CEO of SOR Inc., were chosen as directors-at-large. They will each serve three-year terms.


Awards, Milestones & Celebrations

Graymills awarded Manufacturer of the Year
Graymills Corporation received the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year award from the Illinois Alliance for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM). The company produces metalworking fluid systems, parts washers and ink circulating pumps. The award honors a company’s commitment to Illinois and for long term assistance to the economy, local residents and the state. Graymills, which was founded in 1939, currently employs about 75 people. The Shields Family purchased the company in 1980. Jerry Shields, the past president and chairman of Graymills, has been involved with the AIM and its Northeastern branch, NORBIC, for decades. Current President Craig Shields and Vice President Kristen Shields DeNoble are the second generation of the family to oversee the company.

Wilden marks 60 years
Pump manufacturer Wilden is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015. Jim Wilden founded the company in 1955 to focus on the in air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumpWilden became part of PSG, a Dover Company, in 2008, and now operates in more than 160 countries with more than 180 distributors worldwide. To complement its line of AODD pumps, Wilden also offers a line of air distribution systems (ADS) to increase productivity while reducing energy consumption, air consumption and maintenance as well as diaphragm technologies engineered to optimize the performance of Wilden AODD pumps. Its product innovations over the years include inventing the first ball valve pumps, AODD pumps with plastic housings, food-processing pumps with tri-clamp connections, groundable plastic pumps, PTFE diaphragms, TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer diaphragms, lube-free pumps, Equalizer Surge Dampeners, PCM Pump cycle monitors and bolted pumps with flanged connections.

Friend receives Von Hippel Award for materials phenomena
Sir Richard H. Friend will receive the 2015 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honor on Dec. 2 in Boston. Friend, who works in the Optoelectronics Group of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, is being recognized “for pioneering research on highly original materials phenomena and device concepts, enabled by polymeric semiconducting materials, and imprinting an indelible influence on contemporary materials science and the new field of plastic electronics.” The centerpiece of research is on the materials physics of original device concepts based on polymeric semiconductors. His work has changed how materials scientists, chemists, physicists and device engineers think about the properties and technology prospects of “plastic electronics.” The award recognizes qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers—brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional disciplines, as exemplified by the life of Arthur von Hippel.

Klein receives David Turnbull award
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) David Turnbull Lectureship Award went to Jacob Klein of the Weizmann Institute of Science this year. The award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing and lecturing, as exemplified by the late David Turnbull of Harvard University. Klein is cited “for discoveries which transformed our understanding of soft matter and interfaces, through sustained research, inspirational lecturing, and academic leadership.” He has made landmark discoveries in polymer physics, in the understanding and control of surface forces, and in elucidating friction and lubrication in aqueous systems. His major achievements include the first experimental demonstration of reptation (snake-like motion of entangled polymers), using a novel, self-designed diffusion-measuring technique, together with the theoretical analysis of the onset of reptation and the idea of tube renewal.

MRS Medal goes to UCLA professor
Richard B. Kaner, a professor at UCLA, will receive the 2015 Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal. He is cited “for the discovery of efficient methods to synthesize water dispersible conducting polymer nano-fibers and their applications in sensors, actuators, molecular memory devices, catalysis, and the novel process of flash welding.” Kaner’s most important breakthrough came 10 years ago while he was trying to develop a method to create high-surface-area polyaniline for use in sensors. He and his students developed an interfacial polymerization technique analogous to that used to produce nylon.

Danfoss elected to NEMA 2016 Board of Governors
Danfoss North America President John Galyen has been elected to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Board of Governors. The new board was announced on Nov. 10. Galyen will serve a three-year term on the board starting in 2016 alongside executives from companies such as Eaton, Siemens, Rockwell Automation and ABB. He is also on the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) Board and Executive Committee.

Baldor appoint Petree to new director role
Myla Petree now serves in Baldor Electric Company’s new role, director – strategic program management. In this role, she and a recently formed team of project managers will be responsible for organizing, driving and successfully implementing key projects across Baldor locations and products. After Petree joined Baldor in 2011 as the director of quality, she and her team developed and submitted an application for an award, which resulted in Baldor receiving the 2014 Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award for Performance Excellence, the highest level of recognition in the state. Before joining Baldor, Petree held positions in manufacturing engineering, operations and program management in both the HVAC and automotive industries for Trane, Rheem and Borg Warner.