February 15, 2014 – Member News

Rego Owner ECI Acquires Superior Products

Engineered Controls International (ECI) acquired Superior Holdings LLC, the owners of Macro Technologies and Superior Products. Macro Technologies, based in Kirkland, WA, offers a range of cryogenic and specialty gas products and systems. Superior Products, based in Cleveland, OH, offers compressed gas products and systems. About the acquisition, ECI President Thomas J. Farrell says, “A more expansive product line will allow us to serve additional adjacent markets and give us the opportunity to introduce existing technology and products into new and existing markets.” Farrell adds that the company will offer additional engineering, manufacturing and sales support for all products.

Weld Specialty Supply Corp. Named Top Distributor

Weld Specialty Supply Corporation received ALM Materials Handling’s President’s Award and was named The Top Distributor of 2013 and the first member of ALM’s Million Dollar Club for sales exceeding $1,000,000 for the year. Founded in 1980, Weld Specialty has three locations in Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Kaukauna and Fond du Lac, and a sales force with more than 250 years of experience in the fabrication industry. ALM President Doug Grunnet says, “We really appreciate Weld Specialty’s professionalism and hard work over the past couple of years. It certainly paid off in 2013. They’ve been a team player, focusing on improved productivity, quality and safety for their customers, and as a result, they increased everyone’s bottom line.” Weld Specialty placed its first order with ALM in December 2011.

ALM President Doug Grunnet (center with tie) presents the President’s Award to Weld Specialty’s (from left) Vice President Bob Lang, President John Dunfee, Vice President Scott St. Peter and District Manager Milt Kemp.

Keen Compressed Gas Opens 15th Store

Keen Compressed Gas Co. opened a new location in Mickleton, NJ. This marks the 15th location for the company. Headquartered in Wilmington, DE, Keen has store locations throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Long-time associate Ed Meeds will be the branch manager.

Acme Relocates Vacuum Jacketed Pipe Facility

Acme Cryogenics vacuum jacketed pipe division in Gall Ground, GA.

Acme Cryogenics relocated its vacuum jacketed pipe division to a new 38,000 sq. ft. production facility located in Ball Ground, GA. The larger facility allows for increased production capacity, shorter lead times, increased product offerings and additional warehouse space for standard pipe sizes for immediate shipment. The facility also has space available for training customer sales and service personnel.

Anthony Welded Products Welcomes Fourth Generation

Two fourth-generation members of the Salvucci family have joined Anthony Welded Products. Nicki Galentine was hired as accounts receivable manager responsible for managing collections, processing credits, setting up new customer accounts and doing financial analysis and research. She previously worked as a business financial analyst for Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America and CARFAX Inc. Jillian Salvucci, who has been with the company for 4 years, was promoted to accounts payable manager. In addition to her new duties, she will also oversee customer orders and do payroll processing.

Nicki Galentine

Nicki Galentine

Jillian Salvucci

Jillian Salvucci

Tech Air Acquires Endweld Supply Corporation

Tech Air acquired Endweld Supply Corporation of Johnson City, NY. This is Tech Air’s sixth add-on acquisition. CEO Myles Dempsey Jr. says, “Endweld serves as a strategic entry point into the highly attractive New York southern tier market and positions Tech Air to serve customers from a broadened geographic footprint.” Founded in 1989 by Tom and Karen Caminiti, Endweld serves customers throughout the southern tier area of New York and northern Pennsylvania.

Norco Honored by Idaho’s Largest Hospital

Ralph Comstock (right) presents Norco CEO Jim Kissler with The St. Luke’s Light of Philanthropy.

Ralph Comstock (right) presents Norco CEO Jim Kissler with The St. Luke’s Light of Philanthropy.

Norco, Inc. received the Light of Philanthropy Award from St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. The award, given by Idaho’s largest hospital, recognizes leadership, philanthropy and humanitarianism and was presented before hospital employees, Norco employees and friends at the Stueckle Sky Center on the Boise State Campus. In accepting the award, Norco CEO Jim Kissler reminded the audience that there can be no philanthropy from Norco without the hard work and support of the Norco team and its customers who ultimately provide the dollars to fund the Kissler Family Foundation. Larry Kissler, Jim Kissler’s late father, was the first recipient of the same award from St. Luke’s when it was inaugurated in 1996.

Inweld Group Adds Outside Sales Reps

Two outside sales reps will cover the Great Lakes Region for Inweld Group. Marshall Burns is covering the Michigan, Ohio and Indiana regions. He has a long history in the industrial and chemical business. Jerry Sabol, who has been with Inweld for 7 years, is now covering the Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky territory.

Dean R. Wilson Elected AWS President

Dean R. Wilson

Dean R. Wilson

Dean R. Wilson was named the 2014 president and chair of the board of the nearly 70,000 member American Welding Society (AWS). Wilson has been active in the Society for over 30 years and has served on numerous standing committees. During his presidency, Wilson will manage the affairs of the Society and preside at all board of directors and executive committee meetings. He will also represent the American Welding Society at many of its local section meetings, and other technical, national and international meetings. “The focus of my presidency is continuous improvement through innovation and the many forms it can be experienced,” says Wilson. Wilson is president of Welldean Enterprises in Glendora, CA.

AIWD Announces Convention Dates

The Association of Independent Welding Distributors (AIWD) has selected the host cities and dates for the next two annual conventions. The 2014 convention will be held in Phoenix, AZ, from September 7-10. The 2015 convention will be held in New Orleans, LA, from September 13-16.

Lincoln Participates in Additive-Manufacturing Benchmarking Project

Lincoln Electric and a group of partners have been awarded funding to benchmark metal-layering technology using a Lincoln Electric-developed, laser-assisted, wire-based additive process, versus conventional additive-manufacturing technologies. Success in this effort can pave the way for new processes that benefit the U.S. manufacturing economy.

The $700,000 project, entitled “High Throughput Functional Material Deposition Using a Laser Hot Wire Process,” is funded by America Makes, a recently rebranded name for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute founded in August 2012. This public-private partnership, based in Youngstown, Ohio, is tasked with developing and accelerating additive manufacturing and 3D printing to help increase the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. This project marks the second round of funding for the Case Western Reserve University and Lincoln Electric team by America Makes. It builds upon initial research by the team that yielded evidence that a wire-based, laser-assisted process is an effective metal cladding and layering method for repairs made to molds used in aluminum casting for the automotive industry. Partnering companies include AZZ/WSI, Inc.; rp+m, Inc.; and RTI International Metals. “Complementing the goals of America Makes, Lincoln Electric is uniquely positioned to look at both the process side and the consumer side in terms of making an impact in additive manufacturing,” explains Tom Matthews, vice president of research and development at Lincoln Electric. While the laser-assisted, wire-based process was originally developed by Lincoln Electric for steel cladding, the process has shown potential for other alloys. In this second round, the process will be tested and benchmarked for generating structural parts with titanium alloys and functional surfaces with nickel-based alloys. Success with titanium could be a huge boon to additive-manufacturing, as this material currently poses significant fabrication and repair challenges.

“The ultimate goal is to make a deposition process that is economical to use, can produce a competitive product by building up a structure or coating a surface, and achieves better performance for the customer,” explains Badri K. Narayanan, materials research group manager at Lincoln Electric, in describing the overall target of this research. Delivering an efficient method of metal layering tightly meshes with the objectives of America Makes, which grew out of a presidential initiative to boost manufacturing prowess in the United States. To promote emerging additive-manufacturing research and technologies, America Makes works with industry and other organizations to bridge the gap between basic research and mature product development.