Check out the industry players who are making this month's headlines.

Edward J. Ames, president ofColmac Coil Manufacturingfrom 1990 to 1996, died on Dec. 19, 2001, at the age of 67. Ames earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and was a licensed P.E. in Washington and Wisconsin. Hired in 1980 at Colville, Wash.-based Colmac, Ames served as chief engineer and plant manager prior to becoming president in 1990. He retired from the company in 1996 and established the E.J. Ames Co. in 1997. Ames represented Colmac Coil for four years and achieved the company's Top Rep Sales award for 2000. Ames was a life member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers and served on many ASHRAE technical committees.

Tim O'Neal was promoted to vice president, product and applications, at Red-Ray Manufacturing, Cliffside Park, N.J. Red-Ray manufactures gas-fired infrared process burners.

Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. , St. Louis, appointedDean Hoffmanas vice president of business operations. Hoffman is responsible for planning, directing and controlling all plant operations, customer service functions and the procurement and logistic functions of the company's supply chain.

Hauck Manufacturing Co. , Lebanon, Pa., a manufacturer of burners, combustion controls and services, was honored as one of the top 50 "Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania" in late November 2001. The program is a public/private partnership of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, Kuntz Lesher LLP, Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

Wenger Manufacturing Inc., Sabetha, Kan., hired Kaleb M. Beyer to serve as research coordinator of its technical center. Beyer will oversee product research and development of food and feeds and participate in technical support.

Alfa Laval Inc., Richmond, Va., has relocated the manufacture of Compabloc welded plate heat exchangers from Canada to Lykens, Pa. Previously made in Newmarket, Ont., the Compabloc now is produced is the same facility as Alfa Laval's spiral heat exchanger.

Louis P. Batson Inc., Greenville, S.C., hiredRichard Bogartas an area sales manager for its plastic's division. Based in Indian Trail, N.C., Bogart's territory will include North Carolina, Virginia and eastern Tennessee.

In other Batson news, Batson Yarn and Fabrics Machinery Group Inc. , an affiliate of the company and a supplier of capital equipment, spare parts and technical service for the textile industry, has changed its name to Batson Group Inc. Manager Stan Bell said the company's philosophy and goals will remain the same.

Edlon Inc. , Avondale, Pa., achieved ISO 9002 certification for its plant in Charleston, W.V. The company's plant in Levon, Scotland, also has achieved ISO 9002 certification, and ISO standards have been adopted at its Avondale facility.

Tinius Olsen, Willow Grove, Pa., a manufacturer of testing machines, announced senior management changes. C. Robert Tait Jr. , who most recently served as executive vice president, is the company's new president. He succeeds J.A. Millane, who retired after 40 years of service to the company. C. Robert Tait III, the company's vice president of business development, has been given the added responsibility of managing the company's sales and marketing.

Indianapolis-based ITW Gema, a powder coating equipment manufacturer, promoted Michael Prystas to strategic account manager, Stefano DiMarco to market manager of Mexico, Mike Thies to director of operations and engineering, John Argyelan to operations manager, and Rob Thorn to sales engineer.

Houston-based Conoco Inc., and Phillips Petroleum Co. , Bartlesville, Okla., signed a definitive merger agreement. The new company, ConocoPhillips, will be the third largest integrated U.S. energy company based on market capitalization and oil and gas reserves and production.

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), W. Conshohocken, Pa., a voluntary standards development organization, changed its name to ASTM International. The change was made to reinforce the openness of its standards-development process to reflect the global application and use of ASTM standards.