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Steven R. Peterson joined Epcon Industrial Systems LP, The Woodlands, Texas, as president and chief operating officer. Peterson has more than 30 years of experience relating to thermal processing and environmental capital goods as well as management and international business experience.

Craig Bauer was appointed chief operating officer and Frank Newburn was promoted to co-CEO at Omron Electronics LLC, Schaumburg, Ill. In addition to his co-CEO duties, Newburn will continue to serve as president of both Omron Electronics and Omron Manufacturing of America, St. Charles, Ill.

Eclipse Inc., Rockford, Ill., promoted Harry F. Steltmann to president and chief operating officer. Lachlan L. Perks was promoted to senior vice president and GM of the Americas and Asia. He was formerly vice president of sales and marketing.

DePere, Wis-based Megtec Systems, a unit of Sequa Corp., named Mohit Uberoi to the newly created post of executive vice president, operations. The current president and GM, Alan Fiers, will retire at the end of May, and Uberoi will succeed him as president and GM in June.

Advantage Engineering Inc., Greenwood, Ind., expanded its board of directors from five to seven members. New board members are Jon Gunderson and Steve Wash. Gunderson, national sales and marketing manager, has served with Advantage since 1987. Steve Wash, president of Advantage Electronics, has been with the division since its inception in 1984. Other board members are Phil Oswalt, president; Harry Short, vice president; Susan Schaub, vice president of administration; Randy Goode, vice president of manufacturing; and Ron Wolfe, vice president of technology.

Vulcan Electric Co., Porter, Maine, acquired Salem, N.H.-based sensor manufacturer General Measurement Co. Inc. The acquisition of General brings to Vulcan more than 50 years of experience and the capability to design, manufacture, calibrate and repair precision thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors and thermistors, says Michael Quick, Vulcan¿s president and CEO.

An international producer of ceramic fiber thermal-insulation products, Zircar Ceramics Inc., Florida, N.Y. is forming a strategic alliance with Beijing Naoi Kizai Co. Ltd. in China.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) moved its U.S. headquarters to a new address in December. The new address is 3109 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 250, Tampa, FL 33607; phone: (813) 960-2105; fax: (813) 264-2816; web:

Ralph Jackson, chief operating officer of Cooper Industries, Houston, was named chairman of the board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., at its annual meeting in November.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, joined with Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., in January in an alliance to promote worker safety and health. The alliance will provide technical knowledge and guidance on process safety management and improving safety and health programs in the workplace.