December 1, 2015 – Member News

Osborn Names Director of Sales, Distribution

Andre Pelletier

André Pelletier was named director of sales for Osborn’s distribution division and will manage the North American sales team for commercial distribution. New to the brush industry, Pelletier has more than 25 years of experience working in sales, marketing and customer service. Prior to joining Osborn, Pelletier worked as a vice president of sales and marketing for Emcon Associates, a national sales manager for Organized Living/SCHULTE, a regional sales manager for Knape and Vogt and several other positions in the IT, furniture and tool industries. “Osborn is happy to welcome André to our sales team,” says Mark C. Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing at Osborn. “His knack for sales has generated millions of dollars for past employers, and we’re excited to see him bring that same passion to Osborn.”

Central McGowan Adds Vice President and Sales Manager

Dean Kiffmeyer was named vice president of operations at Central McGowan and will have responsibility for all branches and operations. Kiffmeyer has been with the company for almost 20 years, most recently as sales manager. Troy Warner, previously an account manager, replaces Kiffmeyer as sales manager.

Clay Kiefaber to Retire as CEO of ESAB Business

Clay Kiefaber will be retiring as ESAB’s president & CEO and as EVP of Colfax Corporation, effective December 31, 2015. Matthew Trerotola, CEO & president of Colfax Corporation, will serve as interim president of ESAB while a search for a successor for ESAB is being conducted. To assist with the transition, Steve Breitzka will be joining ESAB as interim senior vice president, global operations & Americas. Breitzka previously served as president and CEO of Apex Tool Group.

Air Products Opens Liquid Nitrogen Facility

Air Products opened a $33 million liquid nitrogen facility in Odessa, TX. The plant will produce about 250 tons of liquid nitrogen per day servicing customers within a 350-mile range. Marie Ffolkes, president of industrial gases in the Americas at Air Products, projects a resurgence in this market. “We build our base where we see customers needing us, and we look at the long-term strategic value. So even though the oilfield services market is in a downturn, we see that as going to come back.” Air Products marked the opening of the plant with a ribbon cutting and $12,500 gifts to the West Texas Food Bank and the Hillcrest School, a non-profit program for children with learning disabilities.

Dutch Company to Build PO/TBA Plant

Dutch chemical company LyondellBasell will build the world’s largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in Houston, TX. Production capacities are expected to reach one billion pounds of propylene oxide and two billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol. According to an article in the Houston Business Journal, the propylene will be sold in the polyurethanes market; TBA and its derivatives, which include oxy-fuels, will be sold in the market of high octane gasoline blending components and synthetic rubber manufacturing and lubricant additives.

Worthington and TWB Will Open Kentucky Plant

Worthington Industries and TWB Company are opening a new facility in Glasgow, KY. This joint venture between the two companies for tailor welded blanking will begin production by the end of First Quarter 2016. The facility will laser weld different types of high strength grade steel to create material used for heavy-duty truck rail assemblies that is stronger and lighter with improved crash performance. The material will be stamped and assembled at a Tier 1 supplier before being used in Ford F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks. Formed in 1992, TWB Company, LLC is a joint venture of Worthington Industries and Wuhan Iron and Steel Company. Worthington Industries holds majority ownership, and its financial results are consolidated within Worthington’s Steel Processing business segment.

CryoVation Appoints Senior Automation Engineer

Greg Klybov

Greg Klybov was named senior automation engineer at CryoVation and will oversee the company’s electronic controls department to help integrate new forms of smart technologies into the product lines. Klybov brings over 20 years of industry experience working alongside CryoVation President Ric Boyd. “We are glad to have him back in a full-time capacity as we advance our control system product line,” says Boyd.

Praxair Earns Perfect Score on Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

Praxair was named to the 2015 CDP S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) with a perfect score of 100. This is the eighth consecutive year Praxair has received this honor recognizing the company’s commitment to growth through resource productivity and environmental innovation. Praxair also received an A- for performance on the Carbon Disclosure Performance Index and its overall score was the highest among industrial gases companies worldwide. In 2014, Praxair implemented projects that avoided emissions of 450,000 metric tons of CO2e and saved 600,000 MWh of electricity. CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization that provides the world’s only global environmental disclosure system for measuring the quality and completeness of carbon management reporting. The annual index spotlights companies listed on the S&P 500 that demonstrate a high level of transparency and data quality in their disclosure of climate-related information.

Mercedes and Chevy Bring Vehicles to Hydrogen Arena

More automakers are now producing hydrogen-powered vehicles, including Toyota, Honda, GM and BMW. This is good news for distributors and suppliers wanted to become involved in the hydrogen infrastructure. Two new entrants to the hydrogen vehicle market include Chevrolet, which has developed a hydrogen-powered pickup for use by the U.S. Army, and Mercedes Benz, which will introduce the GLC crossover in 2018.

BMW i8 hydrogen fuel cell prototype