February 23 Member News

Kevin Falconer

Minneapolis Oxygen Promotes Falconer
Minneapolis, MN — Kevin Falconer, formerly customer service marketing manager, was promoted to vice president and general manager of Minneapolis Oxygen Company. In this role, he will oversee plant operations, trucking and customer service. The family business member has been with the company full time for 10 years, serving in a variety of functions including customer service, accounting and marketing. Prior experience includes working in the plant and as a driver. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Minnesota State.
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Three Move Up at Mississippi Welders
Winona, MN — Mississippi Welders Supply Company (MWS) named three individuals to new positions: Troy Elmer was promoted to regional operations manager and will oversee and support the upper Wisconsin MWS locations. Steve Lundborg, previously in inside sales, succeeds Elmer as branch manager of the company’s Hudson, WI, location. Ron Haedtke was named purchasing manager, having served several years as inventory specialist. Purchasing manager John Wiseman is retiring from the company. “John will be greatly missed, and we wish him the best,” says Operations Manager Scott Myran.
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Roberto Lizano

CGW Adds Product Manager
Niles, IL — CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels hired Roberto Lizano as product manager and West Coast sales support. As product manager, Lizano will facilitate CGW’s supplier relationships for product lines, pricing, quality, packaging and other elements. His responsibilities will also include additional West Coast sales and purchasing functions. “Roberto’s experience and knowledge of abrasives and the industrial marketplace make him a valuable addition to our company,” says President Joe O’Mera. Lizano brings more than 25 years of experience in the abrasives industry, previously holding the positions of purchasing manager and national operations managers.
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Eleet Cryogenics Plans Expansion
Bolivar, OH — Having acquired new property, Eleet Cryogenics announced plans to expand its facility to meet the growing needs of customers in the industrial and medical control manifold area. In addition to more streamlined and efficient manufacturing operations, this new facility will incorporate a hands-on training facility, conference room and additional office space. The facility is planned to be operational in Third Quarter 2012.
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Noble Gas Lab Certified
Albany, NY — Noble Gas Solutions’ specialty gas laboratory received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. The certification recognizes the ability to produce reliable and accurate results through the adherence of international standards and criteria. It uniquely positions the company to target biotech and high tech companies, and seek prospects which are already ISO/IEC 17025:2005 or ISO 9000. “We are proud that Noble Gas Solutions has been awarded this international accreditation,” says Dave Mahoney, president and CEO. “This recognition provides us with the opportunity to enhance our product quality and commitment to the very highest standards in excellence.”
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Lincoln to Revamp Headquarters
Cleveland, OH — Lincoln Electric announced plans to renovate its Euclid, OH, headquarters. The $40 million plan will add 200 jobs over three years. Part of the plans involve relocated the operations of Techalloy, acquired by Lincoln in 2011 and currently based in Baltimore, MD, to Lincoln’s headquarters.
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Weld Tooling Promotes Four
Canonsburg, PA — Weld Tooling Corporation, parent company of Bug-O Systems and Cypress Welding, announced the additions of four new positions to better serve its clients and long-term goals. Chris Cable was appointed to strategic planning. Norm Sted was named vice president sales & marketing. Mark Binder takes on the role of vice president operations. Larry Johnson was promoted to vice president manufacturing.
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Ricardo Malfitano

Praxair VPs Named; Malfitano Retires
Danbury, CT — Eduardo Menezes was promoted to executive vice president at Praxair and will continue to lead the U.S. Industrial Gases businesses, Praxair Mexico and Praxair Canada businesses. Scott Telesz was promoted to executive vice president and will lead Praxair Asia in addition to Praxair Europe/Russia, Praxair Surface Technologies, Middle East, Strategic Planning and Global Procurement & Materials Management. These promotions are effective on March 1, 2012, following the retirement of executive vice president Ricardo Malfitano.
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Air Liquide Starts Up Louisiana ASU
Houston, TX — Air Liquide Large Industries announced the start up of a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) at its facility in Geismar, LA, to increase its supply of nitrogen, oxygen and argon to customers in a range of industries, including refining, natural gas, chemicals, metals, and many others. The new production unit increases the site’s production capacity, enabling Air Liquide to expand its customer base while further supporting industrial growth and economic development in Louisiana.
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Airgas to Create 130 Jobs
Radnor, PA — Airgas announced plans for its Business Support Center (BSC), which will operate out of a 58,000 sq. ft. office space in downtown Tulsa, OK. The plans will create approximately 130 new jobs in the Tulsa region, with most of the jobs created during 2012. Slated to open in March 2012, the BSC will provide accounting and administrative services for Airgas’ Central Division, one of four divisions that make up Airgas’ distribution business. “The new BSC is part of the backbone which makes our commitment to local service possible,” says Terry Lodge, Central Division president.
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Margaret Marshall

GAWDA Remembers Margaret Marshall
Margaret S. Marshall, 70, was president of Service Welding Supply in Miami, FL. Mrs. Marshall got her start in the industry in 1981, when her husband Sam, previously employed by National Cylinder Gas and Standard Welding, came upon an opportunity to own his own business. Together, the couple purchased Service Welding Supply from its retiring owner and relocated to Miami to run the business. Mrs. Marshall oversaw the back office, bookkeeping and billing for the family business until her husband’s passing in 1994.

Her son, Rick Marshall, co-owner of the business, says, “When my dad passed away, she was up against the decision to sell the business or keep it going. She decided to run the business herself, and she ultimately ran the business longer than she did with my dad. It was quite an accomplishment.” Following the honest business style of her husband, Mrs. Marshall earned respect from customers and suppliers alike. She saw her employees as part of her family, and as a result, cultivated a loyal core of employees who carved out long careers for themselves at Service Welding.

Mrs. Marshall loved woodworking and could always find a way to reuse a piece of wood. Rick Marshall recalls his mother turning an old set of shelves into a decorative box. “She could take any piece of wood, polish it up and turn it into a treasure,” he says. Mrs. Marshall’s two sons, Rick and Sam, are now co-owners of the business.
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