These are the companies and employees who are making industry headlines.

Eclipse Combustion Inc., Rockford, Ill., has established a wholly owned subsidiary in India for supplying burners and combustion systems for industrial process heating applications. Eclipse Combustion Private Ltd., located in Prune, India, will focus on sales, application engineering, commissioning and after-sales support.

ASTM International, W. Conshohocken, Pa., presented the Award of Merit and the title of Fellow of the Society to Dr. William F. Taylor and Dr. Fred W. Girshick. Taylor is with his own firm, Taylor Associates LLC, Mountainside, N.J., and a member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Girshick was recognized for his contributions to Subcommittee D02.07 on Flow Properties of Lubricants, its task groups and its operation.

Thermion Systems International, Stratford, Conn., named Michael G. Zak director of marketing and Robert E. Duvall director of manufacturing.

Chromalox, Pittsburgh, offers a six-page white paper, "Selecting SCR Power Controllers to Reduce Heat Control System Panel Costs," that includes tips on how to avoid the need for cable bends, clear plastic covers and power distribution blocks. For information, call (800) 443-2640 or visit

IPC, Association Connecting Electronics Industries, Northbrook, Ill., named Paul Engstrom as director of communications.

PMCI, Elk Grove Village, Ill., opened new offices in Detroit, and Knoxville, Tenn. Regional account manager Ron Webb oversees and manages the new operations.

Degussa Corp., Parsippany, N.J., named Robert Taylor marketing manager of hydrogen peroxide designated for the pulp and paper industry.

Marsden Inc., Pennsauken, N.J., will install a gas infrared coating drying system at Western Michigan University this fall. The system will be installed on the university's new coating pilot plant due to be commissioned this fall. The company also received an order to replace an electric infrared system on the textile line at CT Nassau Tape LLC, Alamance, N.C. Also in Marsden news, Rock-Tenn Co., Norcross, GA, has ordered two new systems for its Dallas mill that will follow the coaters to preheat and immobilize the coatings. Installation is scheduled for this summer. Rock-Tenn's Stroudsburg, Pa. mill also will have a gas infrared coating-drying system installed this summer.

Environment Support Solutions, Tempe, Ariz., appointed Patrick Pfeifer as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

MG Process Valves, Mery, France, and JLS International, Charlotte, N.C., joined forces to provide better service and technology to customers that require specialty valves for the chemicals, plastics and food industries in the United States and Mexico.

Thermcraft Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., offers equipment calibration services for temperature recording devices and inert gas flow. The company also performs a 12-point uniformity check of equipment.

IMS Co., Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Novatec Inc., Baltimore, agreed to make IMS the exclusive catalog distributor of Novatec dryers and blenders for the plastics processing industry. Under the terms of the agreement, IMS has included these products in its 2002 print catalog, CD-ROM catalog and on its web site. IMS will continue to offer proprietary IMS brand hot air and refrigerant-type dryers.

Kerr-McGee Corp., Oklahoma City, increased its capital budget for exploration and production development projects by 15 percent, or $120 million, to approximately $900 million. The additional capital will be spent primarily in the United States on identified projects in the Denver-Jukesburg Basin and the Gulf Coast.

In other Kerr-McGee news, John M. "Mike" Rauh was named corporate controller.