March 23 Member News

O.E. Meyer Adds Ohio Branch
Sandusky, OH — A 10,000 sq. ft. building in Garfield Heights, OH, will be home to a new retail store and warehouse for O.E. Meyer Company. “The location of this facility expands our territory and enhances our opportunities in the Cleveland market,” says Craig Wood, weld division president. “Our new facility is only 13 miles from our gas supplier, Linde Gas, in Twinsburg, OH. We’ll be working very closely together in that marketplace.” O.E. Meyer’s new location is projected to be operational in June.
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Silvana Loffredo

Silvana Loffredo

Anthony La Barbera

Anthony La Barbera

New Hires at TECSYS
Montreal, QC, Canada — TECSYS hired Anthony La Barbera as application consultant. La Barbera brings many years of experience with implementing standard operating procedures and new ERP systems in both small and large companies. He possesses business knowledge of distribution, warehousing and retail operations within the industry and has performed many successful full life cycle implementations. Silvana Loffredo was named project manager – customer delivery at TECSYS. Loffredo has expertise in IT and project management, and brings experience in software development, business analysis and software implementations.
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Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn

Kevin Kimker

Kevin Kimker

Promotions at Cee Kay Supply
St. Louis, MO — Kevin Kimker was promoted to director of gas operations at Cee Kay Supply, where he will be responsible for the management and supervision of cylinder and bulk gas operations, including distribution. He joins the Management Steering Committee, which provides strategy and direction for the company. Since joining the company in 1991, Kimker has served in various roles, including distribution supervisor and fill plant manager. Ryan Dunn was promoted to territory sales manager for the St. Louis market. Dunn is third generation and worked at Cee Kay for over four years. He has experience in warehouse, retail and as facilitator of Cee Kay’s lean process efforts on special projects. Dunn succeeds recently retired Territory Sales Manager Jerry Simpson, who served the company for 18 years before his January 2011 retirement.
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Praxair Expands Tennessee Plant
Danbury, CT — Praxair will double the capacity of its Memphis, TN, air separation complex to produce oxygen and nitrogen. Praxair recently completed construction of a pipeline capable of serving multiple customers in the Riverport area. A new plant is expected to start up in the third quarter of this year. As part of this planned expansion, Praxair will add 400 tons per day of new liquid production capacity to serve the growing requirements of customers in this region.
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Bug-O Appoints Manufacturing Director
Canonsburg, PA — Weld Tooling Corporation, parent company of Bug-O Systems/Cypress Welding Equipment, appointed Larry Johnson to director of manufacturing. Johnson has over 30 years of diversified manufacturing management experience in all manufacturing disciplines. “His proven performance improvements in operations management will be a great benefit to Bug-O,” says the company in a statement.
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American Welding

Palletized filling boosts efficiencies at American Welding & Gas’s Indianapolis branch.

American Automates Fill Plant
Billings, MT — American Welding & Gas upgraded the fill plant at its Indianapolis, IN, location. The addition of automated, palletized filling equipment allows the company to fill cylinders while they are on pallets. Says Fred Semenik, general manager for American Welding & Gas’ Indiana group, “It allows us to be more self-sufficient and fill certain mixes in-house where we had to go outside in the past.” The 4,800 sq. ft. fill plant serves 5 locations and fills roughly 15,000 cylinders every month.
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Stoody Marks 90 Years
St. Louis, MO — Stoody celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2011. In 1921, brothers Winston and Shelley Stoody opened up the Stoody Welding Co. in Whittier, CA, to service the growing farm implement and tractor repair business. When oil was discovered nearby, the Stoody brothers began repairing drill bits from the oil rigs. To make drill bits more durable, they developed a technique called hardfacing that is still used today. Stoody joined the Thermadyne Industries family in 1988.

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Richard Seif

Richard Seif

Seif to Aid AWS Director
The American Welding Society engaged Richard Seif, recently retired from The Lincoln Electric Company, as special assistant to the executive director. In this capacity, Seif will work on behalf of AWS to expand and facilitate international growth for the organization, assist the AWS Foundation in its welding workforce development activities, and promote and develop the AWS Certified Welding Sales Representative program. Seif served The Lincoln Electric Company for 40 years, most recently as senior vice president, global marketing and product development.
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