Mergers, Acquisitions & Partnerships

Metso, Rockwell Automation join forces for IoT mining solutions

Metso selected Rockwell Automation to deliver a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects, monitors and performs analytics for Metso’s equipment and services, resulting in improved efficiency and profitability for its mining and aggregates customers.

The digital solution will securely collect and store data from Metso’s equipment around the world, including new equipment as well as machines already in operation. The solution will provide predictive analytics and preventive maintenance, and will facilitate remote asset monitoring by Metso and its customers.

Honeywell to acquire Nextnine

Honeywell agreed to purchase Nextnine, a privately held provider of security management solutions and technologies for industrial cybersecurity. The move is intended to enhance Honeywell’s existing range of cybersecurity technologies, enabling the company to increase its Connected Plant cybersecurity customer base.

Precision acquires Meyer Industries

Meyer Industries Inc. was acquired by Precision Inc. in  a move that is expected to better serve Meyer Industries’ customer base by providing a larger platform of research, engineering and manufacturing resources. Current engineering, customer service and skill-trade employees will continue to work at the San Antionio, Texas plant, and all other key personnel will be staying with the company through the transition.

Trinseo acquires API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali

Trinseo signed a definitive agreement to acquire API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A.  The transaction is expected to close the third quarter of 2017. Per the terms of the agreement, Trinseo will acquire API’s manufacturing and research facility in Mussolente, Italy, and all of API’s assets. The API management team and employees will join Trinseo’s Performance Plastics unit. API’s legacy owners, the Brunetti family, agreed to support and facilitate a smooth integration.

RPI extends global scope with new US distributor

RPI appointed five new distributors globally, including Wyvern Industrial Technology LLC in the U.S.  RPI’s agreement with Wyvern provides systems, solutions and services to a wide range of companies that rely on high performance rotary geometry systems. RPI, a specialist developer and manufacturer of precision positing devices for high accuracy rotary and angular inspection systems, is also looking for more distributors for its products.

SABIC to collaborate with DuPont for EHS Performance

SABIC  is partnering with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) for environment, health and safety (EHS) performance. The EHS transformation project will strengthen SABIC’s operational risk management, leadership capabilities and effectiveness of systems and processes to manage EHS performance. The DuPont engagement is an integral part of this improvement process.


NETZSCH Pumps North America names new VP

NETZSCH Pumps North America LLC expanded its executive sales force with the hiring of Robert LePera as vice president of OEM sales. LePera spent most of his professional career in the pump industry, serving in various roles during a 30-plus year career working as national sales manager, marketing manager, vice president of global sales, and commercial director of the Americas.

Asahi/America appoints new VP

Massachusetts-based manufacturer Asahi/America Inc. named John Romano as its vice president of sales and marketing. Romano brings nearly three decades of industrial plastics distribution experience to Asahi/America including sales management, strategic planning, new product launches, marketing campaigns, e-commerce and business-to-business sales in both the commercial and industrial markets. He holds a degree in business management and has been an active member in several industry associations.

Val-Matic names new VP of sales & marketing

Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corp. named Terry Massey has its vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, Massey will be responsible for Val-Matic’s worldwide sales and marketing activities. Massey previously served in sales management roles at companies such as Crane Co., Pentair (Tyco) and Flowserve (Durco). He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Factora executives appointed to MESA Board of Directors

Factora  CEO Charles A. Horth and Senior Program Manager David Szczepanski were named to the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International and MESA Americas board of directors, respectively. The appointments were made official at the not-for-profit’s worldwide North American conference in Cleveland, Ohio. MESA International is a community of manufacturing companies, information technology hardware and software suppliers, system integrators, consulting service providers, analysts, editors, academics and students.

Wilo USA hires new director of marketing

Wilo USA  named Tim Stapula as its new director of marketing. In this new role, Stapula will be responsible for the overall strategy and management of Wilo USA’s marketing program, which includes overseeing new content creation, social media management, news releases, trade shows and developing advertising campaigns and sales materials. Stapula brings more than 15 years of experience to Wilo. Previously, he worked as a marketing manager for a major precision tooling company.

Caloris Engineering’s co-founder becomes chief technology officer

Caloris Engineering co-founder Artur Zimmer transitioned to the role of chief technology officer. Zimmer, who retains a significant ownership position in the company, served as chief executive officer (CEO) for the past several years. Current Caloris president Jim Peterson was appointed CEO. Educated in Germany, Zimmer spent his career developing and implementing innovative thermal processing technologies to help customers with energy efficiency, reliability, product quality and hygiene. Zimmer had been president of Caloris since its inception in 2006, transitioning to the role of CEO several years ago.

Acme-Hardesty adds supply chain, sales staff

Acme-Hardesty,  a division of Jacob Stern & Sons hired two new staff members. Erik Tkacs was named inventory planning coordinator and will assist in managing relationships with third-party storage, service and transportation providers for bulk and packaged products. He will also execute day-to-day inventory management tasks to ensure the highest level of inventory accuracy, lowest inventory carrying costs and high levels of customer service. Deanna Mulicka was named inside sales and marketing specialist. In this role, she will grow and manage customer relationships with a focus on the personal care and food markets. She will also handle sales force back-up coverage and lead management and inside marketing activities. 

Automation Federation hires cybersecurity expert

The Automation Federation hired industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as its managing director. Edwards is a 25-year industry veteran who is currently serving as director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, an operational division of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in the Department of Homeland Security.

Dec Group names new regional manager for America

Dec Group appointed Frederic Pasche as its new regional manager for the Americas. Pasche has a mechanical engineering background with more than 25 years of experience working in capital investment goods including the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. He held positions in the USA and Switzerland before joining Dec Switzerland in 2015 as an area sales manger.

Materia appoints new VP/operations, senior sales manager

Materia Inc. appointed Neal Gilmore as vice president of operations and Wesleyne Greer as senior manager of sales. Both Gilmore and Greer are based in Materia’s Huntsville, Texas, manufacturing facility. Gilmore will oversee all aspects of Materia’s operations including Grubbs Catalyyst product manufacturing in Pasadena, California, and Proxima resin manufacturing at the Huntsville facility. Greer will be charged with supporting Materia’s Proxima resin customers in the oil and gas industry.

Dover names new VP, controller

Dover appointed Carrie Anderson as vice president, controller. She will also serve as the company’s principal accounting officer. Anderson has served as vice president and chief financial officer of Dover’s Engineered Systems segment since February 2014. Previously, she was vice president and chief financial officer of Dover’s former Printing & Identification segment.

Jeff Mackowiak named engineering manager for HANTEMP Controls

HANTEMP Controls  hired mechanical engineer Jeff Mackowiak as its engineering manager. Mackowiak brings 25 years of experience in industrial refrigeration manufacturing. He is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering program.

Borets US announces new senior VP

Borets named William P. Faubel as its senior vice president of business development and sales for Houston, Texas-based Borets U.S. Faubel is an experienced oil and gas industry senior executive, having held numerous presidential and vice presidential positions in various companies. In his new role with Borets U.S., Faubel is charged with leading the company’s business development initiatives, expanding the global client base for Borets’ new technology. Faubel holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.