February 1, 2015 – Member News

Hawk Technology Acquires Assets of ALM Materials Handling

Hawk Technology CEO Josh Clare (left) and Doug Grunnet, president of ALM Materials Handling

Hawk Technology, Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary ALM Positioners, Inc. acquired the assets of ALM Materials Handling, LLC. (ALM). ALM Positioners, Inc., in conjunction with Hawk Technology, will manufacture a branded line of welding and assembly positioners for blue chip manufacturers and distributors.

Tech Air Acquires McGinnis Welding Supply

Tech Air, a Connecticut-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has acquired McGinnis Welding Supply, founded in 1963 with locations in Wichita Falls and Vernon, TX. McGinnis will become a new division of Tech Air of Texas, Inc. Former owner Joey Davis will serve as the general manager of this division. McGinnis is Tech Air’s ninth add-on acquisition since CI Capital acquired the company in partnership with Tech Air’s management in 2010. Tech Air now operates through 27 branch and fill plant locations and serves customers in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West. Tech Air CEO Myles Dempsey Jr. says, “We are pleased with the acquisition of McGinnis Welding Supply, which adds to Tech Air’s growing presence in North Texas.”

Evergreen Midwest Co. Named Vendor of the Year

Tom Cregan

Each year, SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment Company recognizes the vendor who has gone “above and beyond.” Evergreen Midwest Co. was honored as 2014 Vendor of the Year. Evergreen was recognized as part of an elite group of vendors that have consistently supported SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment at the highest possible level. “This performance-based award recognizes our entire organization’s commitment to superior service at all levels,” says Tom Cregan, president of Evergreen Midwest. “Much of our success can be attributed to our 35+ years’ company philosophy referred to as “The Evergreen Way” which consists of three key principles: superior service, impeccable product knowledge and the Golden Rule of Business…always treat every customer as you would expect to be treated.”

Linde Upgrading Two Air Separation Units

Linde North America has begun the process for a major overhaul of two of its air separation units (ASUs) after renewing long-term contracts with two of its major tonnage customers. Linde has been supplying oxygen and nitrogen to Teck Metals Trail Operations for its zinc and lead smelting and refinery complex in Trail, BC, Canada, since 1989. “With the new supply agreement that will run until 2036, Linde has completed a ‘relife’ of the ASU, an extensive upgrade that increases the efficiency and capacity of the plant and extends its operating life,” says Ray Carr, vice president, Tonnage Business, Americas, for Linde. The plant overhaul includes a cooling water project to create a more efficient system that will use considerably less water in the cooling process. It also includes refurbishment or upgrading several compressors, an upgrade to the control system and installation of new instruments and analyzers, as well as other process equipment. “This plant upgrade will also allow the plant to produce additional liquid argon which we’ll deliver by truck to semiconductor customers in northwestern U.S.,” Carr says.
Linde built a large ASU in Braddock, Pennsylvania, in 1997, to supply steel-making facilities for a major steel company. The plant will undergo its first complete overhaul to satisfy the contract that has been renewed for an additional 15 years. Carr says, “The overhaul of the plant will not only increase its efficiency and reliability to supply oxygen and nitrogen gas via pipeline to the steel plant; it will also increase our capacity to produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the merchant markets in the northeast.” The facility will shut down in the spring of 2015 for 45 days to complete an extensive scope of work. The overhaul will refurbish or upgrade every system of the Braddock ASU, including compressors, heat exchangers and distillation equipment. Linde will also modernize the entire control system.

Keen Compressed Gas Adds Account Manager

Steve R. Shupe was promoted to account manager for Keen Compressed Gas’s branch store in Dover, DE. Shupe began working at Keen in 2006 on a part-time basis. In 2010, after graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in business, he took a full time position as an inside sales associate at Keen’s Wilmington location, and then worked with outside sales reps at other branch stores. He serves on several inter-company committees and helps train co-workers on the company’s computer system. “My goals in this new position are to create long lasting-relationships with the customer base and to offer unrivaled customer service,” says Shupe. “I would like to offer solutions and most importantly help our customers do their jobs!”

Mathey Dearman Announces New Factory Representatives

Mathey Dearman has added new factory representatives for one of its North America territories. Rizzo & Associates, managed by Marc Rizzo, will service Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Marc, along with associates Dominic Rizzo and Nicholas Rizzo, have completed extensive product and application training at Mathey Dearman headquarters in Tulsa, OK. They will continue to serve and build upon the long-standing customer base developed in the territory by their predecessor, Ed Phelan. Brandon Boyd, Mathey Dearman’s North American sales manager, says, “We are thrilled to welcome Marc, Dominic and Nicholas to the Mathey Dearman team. We are confident that all three gentlemen will represent our products and company in a truly exceptional manner. Their efforts and dedication to our mutual customers will be crucial in maintaining our challenging standards for customer satisfaction and sales growth.”

Marc Rizzo

Dominic Rizzo

Nicholas Rizzo

Uniweld Expands Latin America and Caribbean Presence

Mario Portillo

Mario Portillo has joined Uniweld and will have sales and marketing responsibilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. He will work jointly with Richard Apodaca, director-international, to strengthen Uniweld’s growth expansion in the region and to provide enhanced customer support. Portillo most recently held a position as a sales account executive with Robert Half, a staffing agency located in Miami, FL.