October 1, 2015 – Member News

Norris Cylinders Restructures Sales Organization

Michael J. Rollins was appointed vice president of global sales and marketing for Norris Cylinders. Rollins joined Norris Cylinders in 2012 as director of international business development, helping to grow the company’s export business throughout Europe and internationally. Rollins previously worked for Worthington Cylinders in Austria, Czech Republic, and Portugal, and for Taylor Wharton Germany and Slovakia.

As part of Norris Cylinder’s sales restructure and in order to provide enhanced interaction with customers, George Stevens was promoted to customer service manager and regional sales (South). Customer service teams in Huntsville, AL, and Longview, TX, are now reporting to Stevens. Victor Palzes will be taking over responsibility as national sales manager and will be overseeing all sales in the Western region, including buying groups and designated key accounts. Southwest and Northwest Sales Manager Ronnie Thompson, Midwest Sales Manager Al Stark and Northeast Sales Manager Mark Naglee will continue to oversee all sales in their respective territories.

U.S. Veteran with PTSD Credits Hyberaric Oxygen Treatment

A roadside bomb in Afghanistan left a Tucson, AZ, soldier struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. He says he has his life back, thanks to a seldom used treatment that is common practice in other parts of the world. He and a non-profit group are now working to make hyperbaric oxygen therapy more accessible for veterans. Read the full story here. You can also read about GAWDA members’ experience with hyperbaric oxygen chambers and the compliance elements distributors must follow for hospital installations.

ILMO Adds Medical Gas Specialist

Brandon Large was promoted to the newly formed position of medical gas specialist at ILMO Medical Gases. Large joined ILMO in 2014, after 15 years with a home healthcare company. He will maintain and cultivate business relationships with healthcare professionals throughout the medical industry, as well as service those in home healthcare, short- and long-term nursing care, veterinary medicine, medical device manufacturing and maintenance, emergency care, and healthcare coops and buying groups. Additionally, Large will communicate medical market requirements, trends and changes across ILMO’s sales, service, marketing and production departments.

Air Liquide Steps Up Relief Efforts for Refugees

Air Liquide, along with Michelin, Sodexo and Total are joining forces to assist refugees being resettled in France. The initiative was driven by the solidarity felt by employees and management of these companies for the refugees, mostly coming from Africa and the Middle East, and their suffering. Air Liquide, Michelin, Sodexo and Total will, within a framework to be established by the government, assist refugees through tangible actions related to their respective businesses, expertise, capabilities and operational resources. The form this aid will take is being defined with humanitarian organizations, including the French Red Cross, and nonprofits. Examples include making premises available, donating food and other essential supplies, providing access to health care, covering resettlement expenses or providing professional support and training. The companies are also considering actions in other European countries, notably Germany.

Osborn Names Director of Sales

Joseph Langlois was named director of sales for Osborn’s primary metals division. Langlois has more than 18 years of experience in the steel industry, 7 of them at Heraeus Electro-Nite where he worked as a sales engineer and regional sales manager. In 2007, Langlois was selected and completed the Heraeus Leadership Advancement Program, which gives potential candidates for upper management an in-depth look at how the business is run from different aspects. He received the Vusuvius USA Sales Award in 2001.

Welding Art—Passing It On

There are many ways to do art. Stephanie Dwyer of Paris, TN, creates art using an arc welder. Her art will soon be on exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Dwyer shares her creative process with groups of welding students, passing on her welding techniques. Read more about her here.