Places & Faces (March 2004)
John Searle assumed the role of president of Eurotherm Controls Inc., a unit of Invensys plc, Leesburg, Va., on January 1, following the retirement of Bill Perry. Searle has held several positions in his 10 years with the company, including his most recent as vice president of sales, a role to which Al Betz was promoted.
BTU International Inc., North Billerica, Mass., shipped two convection curing systems to Renard Manufacturing, Miami Lakes, Fla. The systems are used to cure epoxy and polyimide materials in a nitrogen atmosphere, minimizing oxidation of the sensitive electronic connectors.
T. Duncan Schleiss, vice president of marketing for Emerson Process Management, Houston, received the E.G. Bailey Award from the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA), Research Triangle Park, N.C., for his leadership and vision in the process automation industry.
Naoki Nakamura was appointed president of RKC Instrument America, South Bend, Ind., when Teru Hochi returned to RKC headquarters in Japan.
Ircon Inc., Niles, Ill., appointed Paul Olinick as the director of sales for the Americas. He will be based out of Ircon headquarters.
Gessner Co., Carlton, Mass., a manufacturer of finishing systems for the textile industry, selected Wilmark Inc., Charlotte, N.C., as its exclusive representative for textile machinery sales in the United States and Canada. Wilmark will represent Gessner's entire line, including its Youngstown-Miller brand hot-oil process heating systems.
Wenger Manufacturing Inc., Sabetha, Kan., parent company of Extru-Tech Inc., Sabetha, Kan., appointed Scott Krebs to executive vice president, COO, for Extru-Tech. Krebs joined Extru-Tech as a project engineer in 1991.