December 15, 2013 – Member News

Cee Kay Supply Honored with Image of Welding Award

Cee Kay Supply President Ned Lane (left) receives Image of Welding Award from Victor Technologies’ Jim Horvath, chairman of WEMCO’s Image of Welding Committee.

Issued in seven categories and judged by the Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO), the Image of Welding Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities. Cee Kay Supply of St. Louis, MO, was honored in the “Distributor” category. Cee Kay has partnered with the St. Louis Section of the American Welding Society (AWS) to provide welding merit badge testing for local boy scouts. In addition to hosting educational events, Cee Kay donated $8,000 to help initiate the Annual Hil Bax Memorial Scholarship, which is given to one student studying in a welding-related field. Cee Kay also provides specialized one and two-day welding classes geared toward welders and companies looking to increase welding expertise.

Third Generation to Lead AGL Welding Supply Co.

Patrick M. Fenelon, who has served as president of AGL Welding Supply Co. in Clifton, NJ, since 1986, has stepped down from the role of president and will become chairman of the board of the AGL family of companies. Vice President Christopher Fenelon, grandson of the original owner, will become president and assume responsibility for corporate administration, human resources, information technology, finance, transportation and some aspects of operations. Vice President and General Manager Kevin Brancato was named chief operating officer and will lead the company’s customer-facing divisions while assuming responsibility for purchasing, marketing, credit and collections, and some aspects of operations. Thomas Fenelon was named vice president of operations for all AGL facilities and will continue to lead the company’s operations, maintenance and cylinder retest divisions.

Manufacturer of RegO and Goddard Purchased by Management

The management team of Engineered Controls International (ECI) has partnered with Windjammer Capital Investors and CITIC Capital Partners to acquire 100 percent of Engineered Controls International LLC, the manufacturer of RegO LP-Gas Products, RegO Cryo-Flow Products, RegO LNG Products and Goddard Valves. President and CEO Thomas Farrell says, “ECI management, Windjammer and CITIC put significant effort into executing on this exciting opportunity, and we firmly believe that our partnership will present many positive opportunities for all of us as we move forward.” Farrell noted an “experienced and dynamic management team that will continue to lead ECI into the future.” In addition to Farrell, ECI management includes: Brian Davidson, senior vice president, sales and marketing; Tim Crater, senior vice president, operations; Mike Burdi, CFO; Dave Stainbrook, vice president, engineering and technical services; George McGonagle, vice president, quality assurance; and Dave Wolonick, vice president, human resources.

Air Liquide Receives First Two Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Air Liquide and Hyundai Motor France have announced the handover of the keys to the two first Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) registered in France. This delivery of two of the first mass-produced FCEV represents an important landmark in the development of the hydrogen energy industry. Highly involved in this field, Air Liquide wanted to be the first to use these vehicles in France. Air Liquide’s hydrogen filling stations can fill the vehicles’ tanks in less than five minutes. This high-performance technology is already safe and available. The two Hyundai ix35 cars are part of a series of 1,000 vehicles that the constructor will build by 2015 in its factory in Ulsan, South Korea. Hyundai Motor is the first automobile constructor to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles. The creation of a hydrogen distribution infrastructure is one of the main challenges for the commercial launch of fuel cell electric vehicles. Air Liquide is contributing to the emergence of this sector in the transportation industry by supporting the creation of the necessary distribution infrastructures worldwide: the Group has already designed and supplied over 60 hydrogen filling stations around the world. It is on its site in Sassenage, near Grenoble, that Air Liquide received these first FCEV registered in France. For 15 years now, this site, which is dedicated to exploring new markets through technology and innovation, has been designing and developing all the technologies required to roll out this new hydrogen energy.

Praxair Recognized for Environmental, Social and Governance Excellence

Praxair was named to the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index and STOXX North America ESG Leaders 50 for the third consecutive year, recognizing the company’s excellent environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. Praxair was also named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the CDP’s Global 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index earlier this year. “We are proud to have been recognized once again by the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index for our global commitment to environmental and social sustainability,” says Praxair Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Angel. “This latest recognition is a direct result of the accomplishments of our employees around the world. Our commitment to sustainable development has resulted in significant environmental, social and business benefits for our customers, our communities and our company.”
Praxair’s global sustainable development program helps customers worldwide improve their environmental performance and carbon footprint and also reduces Praxair’s own environmental resource intensity. The program is also helping drive productivity savings across the company. In 2012, sustainable productivity savings related to reductions in energy, fuel, water or waste contributed 25% of total productivity benefits. Employees worked on more than 1,750 projects in 2012 that saved 800 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 300 million gallons of water and approximately 500,000 metric tons of CO2.