Acquisitions, expansions and partnerships

Sulzer and ABB team up on UK service agreement

Sulzer was selected to provide the U.K. market with maintenance and repair services for ABB medium and high voltage motors and generators. The agreement provides ABB customers with direct access to the specialist skills and extensive facilities of Sulzer’s service centers in Birmingham, England and Falkirk, Scotland. Sulzer will provide inspection, remedial work, modifications, repairs and rewinds of ABB’s large machines rated at 6.6 kV and above. All repairs will be completed to ABB approved standards using original spare parts.

Danfoss & General Electric join forces in strategic collaboration

Danfoss Silicon Power is establishing production in the U.S. by entering into a collaboration with General Electric (GE), making Danfoss Silicon Power the world’s leading provider of silicon-carbide (SiC) power modules. The SiC power modules create smaller, faster, and more effective electronic devices. They are also expected to revolutionize the technology within solar and wind energy as well as the future generations of electric and hybrid cars. The transatlantic collaboration between Danfoss and GE will be part of New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC) in upstate New York.

Festo names new distributors

Automotion technology supplier Festo named three new distributors to its team.

AWC will distribute process automation products in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. AWC offers customers a team of more than 400 engineers, technical support and service specialists across 30 local customer care centers, located mainly in the southern U.S.

BG Technologies will distribute sensors and power supply products in Texas. The small, woman-owned industrial electronic distributor has a staff that offers more than 130 years of combined industrial electronic experience.

Wolf Solutions will distribute automation products in Oklahoma and Texas. A service disabled veteran-owned small business in Krum, Texas, the company offers extensive industrial automation and project management experience.

Dover Energy Automation, MOBOTIX team up on well-site solution

MOBOTIX AG and Dover Energy Automation, an operating company within Dover Corporation, partnered to create the “Sight Optimization” solution for oil and gas well sites. The partnership integrates MOBOTIX’s suite of smart cameras with Dover Energy Automation Production Optimization’s XSPOC artificial-lift optimization software platform, to create a comprehensive well-site surveillance solution that offers scalability, analytics and efficient data management.

Orbital Gas Systems awarded $1.4M contract

Orbital Gas Systems Ltd., a CUI Global company, was awarded a $1.4 million contract from National Grid, the largest natural gas transmission company in the U.K., for delivery of further IRIS Remote Terminal Unit (IRIS-RTU) systems. Orbital’s IRIS remote telemetry allows any user from anywhere in the world to easily monitor and control their assets.

This order calls for the design, construction and delivery of 13 IRIS-RTU systems and associated electrical kiosks. The delivery of a mixture of IRIS-LITE and the more complex Type B systems will start in April 2017 with the final system to be delivered in November 2017. 

Hydrite Chemical Co. acquires SERVCO

Hydrite Chemical Co. acquired SERVCO, a specialty chemical company located in Lubbock, Texas. This acquisition will expand Hydrite’s geographic reach, allowing them to more effectively service customers in the Southwestern portion of the U.S. With the acquisition, Hydrite now has 12 facilities spread throughout 6 states. 

Kalnin Ventures enters agreement for third Marcellus asset acquisition

Kalnin Ventures LLC signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) on its third acquisition of a non-operating portfolio in the northeast Marcellus shale play of Pennsylvania. The agreement was penned on behalf of its investor Banpu Pcl, a Thailand-based coal mining and power-generation company with total assets of around $6.6 billion. The agreement, valued at $16 million, was executed with Radler 2000 LP – Tug Hill Marcellus LLC as the seller and is comprised of interests in more than 177 wells, operated by seven established Marcellus operators.

CEO, Yokogawa Coporation of America, Shuji Mori

Shuji Mori. Image courtesy of Yokogawa Coporation of America


Yokogawa Corporation of America names new CEO

Thirty-year company veteran Shuji Mori was named chief executive officer of Yokogawa Corporation of America. In this role, Mori will be responsible for all day-to-day business operations in North America.

Mori began his career as an engineer, helping implement systems projects for Yokogawa customers worldwide. Through the years he held a variety of roles throughout Yokogawa, most notably in global major account sales, and has acquired extensive experience in the global industrial automation market.

NETZSCH Pumps North America new sales manager 

NETZSCH Pumps North America LLC hired Gregory Lucas as sales manager for the greater Houston, Texas area. His responsibilities include supporting industrial and municipal distributors in Oklahoma and Texas.

Lucas has 27 years of pump distribution experience with an understanding of Texas pump distributorships, end users, OEM’s and engineering procurement contractors. He also worked closely with chemical plants to earn Plant Vender Approval and crossover current plant installations.

American Control Electronics hires TecMation representative

American Control Electronics (ACE) hired Jere Cox as its new TecMation representative. In this role he will cover sales of ACE’s electronic control systems and power plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Cox’s comes to ACE with a wealth of experience in variable speed controls and local industry knowledge. 

The Coca-Cola Company names new senior leadership

The Coca-Cola Company announced a number of senior leadership appointments and key changes, which will be effective when President and COO James Quincey becomes chief executive officer on May 1.

Leaders assuming new or expanded responsibility in the organization and reporting directly to Quincey include:

  • Francisco Crespo, who currently serves as president of the Mexico business unit, will fill the newly created role of chief growth officer. Julie Hamilton, chief customer and commercial leadership officer, and the corporate strategy and planning and global marketing leadership teams will report to the chief growth officer.
  • Robert Long, currently vice president, research and development, will become a direct report to the CEO as chief innovation officer.
  • Barry Simpson, currently senior vice president and chief information officer, will remain in his role but be elevated as a direct report to the CEO to increase visibility and focus on efforts to digitize all aspects of the company’s business.
  • Kathy Waller, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, will assume expanded responsibility for the company’s strategic governance areas as executive vice president, chief financial officer and president, enabling services.  In addition to the global finance organization, the global technical team led by Ed Hays, a newly created integrated services team, which will be led by Robin Moore, and a new business transformation team to be led by Mark Eppert will report to Waller.
  • Brent Hastie, currently senior vice president, corporate strategy and planning, will succeed Eppert as chief financial and supply chain officer for Coca-Cola North America.
  • Jennifer Mann, currently chief of staff to Quincey, will become chief people officer.
  • Bea Perez, currently vice president and chief sustainability officer, will become chief public affairs, communications and sustainability officer.

In addition to these appointments, three long-time senior functional leaders have chosen to retire from the company. Each will assist in the transition of their functions and serve as advisers to Quincey until their retirements.

  • Marcos de Quinto, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, will retire after a nearly 35-year Coca-Cola career.
  • Ceree Eberly, senior vice president and chief people officer, will retire after a 27-year Coca-Cola career.
  • Clyde Tuggle, senior vice president and chief public affairs and communications officer, will retire after a 28-year Coca-Cola career.

Awards, milestones and achievements

Hydraulic Institute honors industry with awards at Centennial Celebration

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) awarded the Pump Industry Excellence Awards at the 2017 Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in Orlando, Florida, on March 10.  These inaugural awards recognize pump end users, owner/operators, engineering consultants who excel in applying new pump technologies, and optimizing pumping systems when executing their mission.

  • Albert Huber, president of Patterson Pump Company, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. During his 33-year tenure as President of Patterson Pumps, Huber devoted time to serving two terms as HI president and chairman of the board along with serving on numerous committees over his career.  A true champion of the pump industry and the Hydraulic Institute, Huber has helped HI maintain its global status as a premier organization for technical excellence.
  • Michael Coussens, director of development and chief engineer for Peerless Pump Company, was named the 2016 Member of the Year. Coussens  was selected for his tireless dedication to HI standards development, volunteerism, and his many significant technical contributions to the industry.
  • Jared Wageman, product development engineer with Ansimag of Sundyne, received the 2016 Young Engineer of the Year award. The award was established to recognize the efforts and contributions of engineers younger than 40 from member companies and standard partners who have made a significant impact within their current position and have also contributed to the advancement of the work of HI.
  • Con Edison of New York received the Energy Efficiency Award for its effort to improve their fluid transfer pumping systems that, in turn, improves the efficiency of not only their steam stations, but all buildings and homes in their service area.
  • Cleanwater Services and Portland General Electric shared the Environmental Impact Award for their positive impact on the environment by improving water quality through joint energy programs as well as habitat protection, through training and comprehensive pump systems solutions.
  • FMCTechnip accepted the Technology & Innovation Award for its efforts combining pumping, separation, and operation in revolutionary ways to solve old and new problems, resulting in lower total costs of ownership to their clients.

PSM presents 2016 Leadership Award

Pump Systems Matter (PSM) presented its prestigious Leadership Award to Ray Hardee, co-founder and chief engineer of Engineered Software Inc., at the Hydraulic Institute (HI) Annual Conference and Centennial Gala recently held in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes outstanding HI members who made lifetime achievements to the advancement of pumps and pumping systems, energy efficiency, reliability and performance.

Hardee has nearly 50 years of experience in pump system analysis and software development, during which he has held many roles in engineering consultation, product marketing.

In 1982, he cofounded Engineered Software, Inc. and is a co-creator of PIPE-FLO® Professional and PUMP-FLO® software.  He also contributed to the development of the Optimizing Pumping Systems Guidebook and the ISO/ASME 14414:2015 Pump System Energy Assessment. In addition, Hardee authored Piping System Fundamentals: The Complete Guide to Gaining a Clear Picture of Your Piping System.

JAKOB meets internationally recognized standard of quality management

JAKOB Antriebstechnik GmbH met the highest requirements in quality management, the DIN EN ISO 9001. This internationally recognized standard for quality management specifies minimum requirements for a company’s QM and forms the basis for a continuous improvement process. Since the end of 2015 the latest revision has been published, DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015.

Hydraulic Institute brings PSO course to Canada

The Hydraulic Institute is adding its Pump System Optimization (PSO) course to the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) training catalog. For the past 21 years, CIET has trained more than 7,000 professionals in high quality energy management and energy efficiency.

The first joint PSO course takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Ramada Plaza Toronto. The training is product-neutral and provides case studies and actual field data to show the energy savings and kilowatt reduction with a more efficient pumping system.

For more information about the course, click here.

Inpro/Seal participates in River Bend Foodbank’s Backpack Program

Twenty-five members of Inpro/Seal filled backpacks for the River Bend Foodbank Backpack Program during the February 2017 Inpro/Seal International Sales Meeting in Rock Island, Illinois. The team packed more than 2,700 backpacks, enough for more than a week’s worth of meals. The group also raised $315 for the program, enough to buy more than 1,500 meals.