March 8, 2012, Member News

Lampton Plans Fill Plant, Health Center
Wichita, KS — Lampton Welding Supply is building a 22,500 sq. ft. fill plant adjacent to its Wichita headquarters. The fully automated plant has been eight years in the making, and a renewed focus will see the facility to fruition around July 2012. It will take the place of Lampton’s current fill plant, located five miles from the company’s headquarters. Says Vice President Doug Lampton, “Hardgoods come out of the warehouse at our corporate headquarters, but the gas is five miles away. The new plant will be much more efficient for our inter-company shuttles.”

Also on the 7 1/3 acre plot of land where the fill plant is being built is an existing warehouse that will be used for cylinder maintenance and offices that Lampton plans to retrofit into a team member health center. “It’s a way to reward our team members,” says Lampton. Workout equipment, televisions, locker rooms and spaces that can be used for fitness classes, blood drives and massage therapy are among the preliminary plans.
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Hoyt Fitzsimmons

Hoyt Fitzsimmons

US Tank Appoints Fitzsimmons to COO
Lewisburg, TN — US Tank & Cryogenic Equipment appointed Hoyt Fitzsimmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Fitzsimmons has over 25 years of experience in the gases and welding industry with major equipment manufacturing firms. He will operate from US Tank’s headquarters in Lewisburg. Jim Brown, CEO and Chairman of US Tank, says, “Hoyt brings a track record of successful operating experience in the industrial and specialty gas industry that will help support the growth of our business. We are confident that he will be a significant contributor to our goal of continuing to provide outstanding products and services to our customers.”
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Students compete in the Northeast Arkansas Weld-A-Thon, sponsored by Ozarc Gas

Students compete in the Northeast Arkansas Weld-A-Thon, sponsored by Ozarc Gas

Ozarc’s Weld-A-Thon Picks Up Steam
Cape Girardeau, MO — Participation in the Ozarc Gas-sponsored Northeast Arkansas Weld-A-Thon grew to 36 students in 2012, up from 25 a year ago. Nine area high schools and three vo-tech schools sent teams of three students to take part in the welding competition, in which students demonstrated safety, welding and cutting abilities by building a welding cart. Prizes included welding hoods to students and a fume extraction system to one school. Event coordinator and Ozarc Sales Rep Nick Garner estimates that upwards of $8,000 in prizes and $12,000 in scholarships were donated by event sponsors.

Vendors spoke with students and instructors about technology, processes and welding career opportunities, and offered students a chance to compete in a virtual welding contest. Ozarc used the event to introduce schools to propylene cutting as an alternative to the oxyfuel and plasma cutting methods with which they are familiar. The use of punch cards encouraged students to spend time at every booth and gave them an opportunity to win door prizes by turning in a card punched by all vendors.
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FNF Names Exclusive U.S. Supplier
Brentwood, NH — FNF Gas Technology Products, a joint venture between FIBA Technologies and New Field Industrial Equipment, reached an agreement with Skaff Cryogenics Inc. (SCI) for SCI to be the exclusive supplier of FNF’s cryogenic products in the United States. As part of the agreement, FNF will deliver semi-finished cryogenic tanks to SCI’s facility in New Hampshire, where SCI will perform all of the finishing work, including blasting, painting and plumbing. The exclusive distribution agreement is for three years.
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New Hires at Mississippi Welders Supply
Winona, MN — Mississippi Welders Supply hired Chris Perkins as branch manager of its Weston, WI, location. Perkins brings many years of industry experience to this position. Ben Sadowski was hired to take over the company’s bulk CO2 sales position. Heather Wangen recently joined Mississippi Welders Supply as human resources generalist and brings many years of valuable experience to the company. “We’re delighted to welcome each of these individuals into their new positions,” says Operations Manager Scott Myran.
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Laurie McKay

Laurie McKay

Taylor-Wharton Appoints Marketing Coordinator
Theodore, AL — Laurie McKay joined Taylor-Wharton as marketing coordinator. McKay is responsible for the development of all marketing materials including content development, global harmonization and branding, as well as trade show activities globally. She brings a diverse background in Web content development and will assist with the structure and design of Taylor-Wharton’s new web site and launch efforts. McKay reports to Director of Sales and Marketing Michael Rollins.
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Air Liquide Promotes Literacy
Houston, TX — Through its micro-initiative program in support of local development, the Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in its fight against illiteracy in Louisiana. The Foundation is supporting the rollout of LEH’s Prime Time Family Reading Time program with a grant of $14,000 for educational materials. The materials will be distributed statewide, including the cities of Geismar and Norco, LA, and will benefit approximately 1,000 children and their families in 2012.
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Vincent J. Cirrincione Sr.

Vincent J. Cirrincione Sr.

Sky Oxygen Founder Cirrincione Remembered
Vincent J. Cirrincione Sr., 95, was founder of Sky Oxygen in Carnegie, PA. Born in Pittsburgh to parents who immigrated from Sicily, Italy, Mr. Cirrincione spent much of his adult life working in the city’s steel mills. It was there that he developed a specialized expertise in the area of torch and regulator repairs. When his division was shut down, as was common in the 70s steel industry, and with the need for torch and regulator repairs still in demand, he and his wife Gayle seized upon the opportunity to set up their own shop in 1972, forming Vince’s Torch Repair , later renamed Vince’s Gas & Welding Supply.

Over the next dozen years, he brought his sons into the business Dennis and Vincent Jr., and expanded the company’s offerings as customers began asking about more than torch repair. Mr. Cirrincione grew the company from his garage to a 6,000 sq. ft. location in 1986 where the company soon began pumping oxygen and propane. He retired in 1988, passing the business on to his sons. The company is now owned and operated as Sky Oxygen by grandchildren Vince Cirrincione III and Laurie Waller.

Mr. Cirrincione is survived by his wife, Gayle, son Vincent Jr., 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Crafton-Ingram Rotary Club, and was a founding member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension in Ingram, PA.
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Vernon Hinely

Vernon Hinely

TOMCO2 Chairman Hinely Remembered
J. Vernon Hinely, 87, was chairman of the board at TOMCO2 Equipment Company. Mr. Hinely got his start in the industry at a young age, going to work with his brother-in-law, Paul Carter, in the oxygen business. He also worked at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital at one of the first oxygen therapy departments in the country. Mr. Hinely joined the Army in 1943, serving in World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines with the 61st Portable Surgical Hospital and in the occupational forces in Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star and two oak leaf clusters for his service.

After his discharge in 1946, he returned home to Miami and founded Orlando Oxygen Service with his brother Herbert in 1947. The business was renamed Florida Oxygen Service and was later purchased by Air Liquide, then known as American Cryogenics. In 1962, he founded Florida Carbonic, a manufacturer of liquid CO2 and dry ice. As Carbonic Industries, the company purchased TOMCO2 Equipment Company in 1970 and commenced the manufacture of CO2 storage tanks. Mr. Hinely served as Carbonic Industries’ president and chairman until it was purchased by Airgas in 1997. He continued to serve as chairman of TOMCO2, which was spun off as an independent company in 1993. Jack Toepke, TOMCO2 president, says, “For many years, his vision saw our company grow from a support group to a very successful business. We guide TOMCO2 on values learned from Vernon.”

Mr. Hinely was a leader in the business community and served as president of Orlando Manufacturing Association in 1960. An avid supporter of high school and collegiate athletics, he served as president of the Tangerine Sports Association in 1982-83 and was inducted into the Florida Citrus Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He served on the board of directors at Florida College for 22 years and was honored with the opening of Hinely Hall in 1998. “The many families he touched are better off for their relationship with him,” says Toepke. “We will all miss him greatly.”
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