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Eclipse Inc., Rockford, IL, awarded representative contracts to its previous factory sales offices in Texas. Dan Cox & Associates, Carrollton, TX, will represent Eclipse in north Texas and western Oklahoma. Greyhound Combustion & Controls Inc., Houston, will represent Eclipse in southern Texas.

Process Heating Co., Seattle, is offering a free CD describing its line of heating and drying products. The CD contains PDF files describing the company's product lines as well as video clips showing the products in use. For more information or to obtain a copy of the CD, call (206) 685-3414 or visit www.processheating.com.

MP Pumps Inc., Fraser, MI, received ISO 9001 certification. The company manufactures a complete line of pump products for chemical processing, agriculture and hot oil industries.

Wenger Manufacturing Inc., Sabetha, KS, parent company of Extru-Tech Inc., also in Sabetha, KS, appointed Paul Tedman executive vice president and COO for Extru-Tech. In his new position, Tedman will continue to direct the operations of the company and coordinate expansion of the product line within world markets.

Aeroglide Corp., Raleigh, NC, a manufacturer of food processing equipment, elected Christopher E. Nelson, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Nelson is president of Kemin Worldwide Industries, Des Moines, IA, a supplier of food supplements to the food and feed industries.

Crown Iron Works Co., Minneapolis, completed a new pilot plant facility for chemical and physical refining of edible oils. In addition, Crown Iron Works signed an agreement with RBD Technologies, Los Osos, CA, to market RBD's small-scale refining systems. The mini-refineries are tailor-made to meet increasing market demand for specialty oils in industrialized countries as well as the capacity demands for developing countries.

Omron Electronics LLC, Electronic and Mechanical Components Division, Schaumburg, IL, plans to extend its product mix to more application-specific and custom-designed products. To accommodate the expansion, the division will create an R&D branch office and move to a new building in Schaumburg, IL.

In addition, Rob Loomis was promoted to vice president of the Industrial Automation Division, Jim Mooney was promoted to division manager of the newly formed Technical Automation Solutions Division, and Jay Buckley was appointed assistant marketing manager for the company's Electronic and Mechanical Components Division.

The board of directors at Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co., St. Louis, named Peter Desloge CEO. Desloge will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

The Danaher family of companies, which includes Fluke Corp., Everett, WA, intends to acquire Lifschultz Industries Inc., including its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Hart Scientific Inc., American Fork, UT. Under the agreement, Hart will become part of the Fluke Precision Measurement Group while continuing to do business as Hart Scientific Inc.

George Koch Sons, Evansville, IN, appointed Pablo Llopez international sales engineer. The company manufactures, designs and installs turnkey e-coat, liquid, powder and flatline finishing systems.

Reading Bakery Systems, Robesonia, PA, a manufacturer of commercial equipment for the production of pretzels and other snack foods, and Thomas L. Green & Co. Inc., Indianapolis, a manufacturer of complete lines of commercial cookie, cracker and snack foods, signed a letter of intent to merge the two companies. The merger will create Thomas L. Green, a division of Reading Bakery Systems, which will operate in Indianapolis.

Charles Kalin III was named director of industrial sales for the low voltage motors and drives business of the ABB Automation Technology Products Division, New Berlin, WI. Kalin is responsible for increasing product sales and growing ABB's market share across key industrial markets throughout North America.

Fulton Thermal Corp., Pulaski, NY, acquired TCS Industries, Elizabeth NJ. TCS Engineered Products, now a product line of Fulton Thermal Corp., provides temperature control units primarily to the pharmaceutical industry.

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries, Northbrook, IL, named Saulius Polteraitis technical project coordinator. In his new position, Polteraitis will assist as a liaison to the IPC standard development committees for cleaning, coating, assembly and joining.

Alloy Engineering Co., Berea, OH, integrated its fan business into its family of high temperature and corrosion-resistant alloy products. The products no longer will be identified or marketed as products of the company's AFE fan division.

Hane Training Inc., Terre Haute, IN, a provider of hands-on maintenance training, acquired Automation Controls, Carmel IN, a controls training and application engineering services organization. Automation Controls will operate as an independent subsidiary of Hane Training.

With more than 23 years experience in industrial process combustion and instrument controls system design, Tim Romance joined Furnace Combustion & Controls Co., a division of Furnace Works Inc., Sheffield, OH, as a field service engineer.

Pilz Automation Safety completed construction of its new U.S. headquarters. Located in Canton, MI, the R&P Pilz Building will house the company's safety engineering services, sales, training and warehousing operations.

The Electronics Division of Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, PA, will own and operate an off-site analytical laboratory targeted to the semiconductor industry. The Southwest Electronic Chemical Analytical Lab (SwECAL) is a Class 100 clean room, wet-chemical analytical lab housed with the Air Products Electronics Chemicals TMAH developer/CMP slurry building.