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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass., appointed John Dauer, sales manager at Siemens Building Technologies, Buffalo Grove, Ill., as the alternate to Siemens¿ senior product and marketing manager Jacques Van Heijningen on the NFPA 86 Ovens and Furnaces Technical Committee. Dauer has more than 13 years of combustion experience and Van Heijningen has more than 30 years of combustion experience.

Heatcraft Refrigeration Products, Atlanta, appointed Gary Anderson to director of business excellence. In his new position, Anderson leads the development and follow-through of new company-wide strategies for business development.

Maxitrol Co., Southfield, Mich., appointed Kenneth D. Fox as director of business development. He is responsible for improving and maintaining key customer accounts, new business development strategy and new product market research.

Charles Czulada was named chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at Reading Bakery Systems, Robesonia, Pa. His responsibilities include managing the overall financial and administrative areas of the organization.

Bruce E. Schwartz was appointed vice president, sales and marketing, for Hago Precision Nozzles, a burner nozzle and component supplier located in Mountainside, N.J.

Radiant Technology Corp., Fullerton, Calif., named David Buettner to president and chief operating officer. In his new position, Buettner will assume overall responsibility for the general management and daily operations of the company.

Communications & Power Industries Inc. (CPI), Beverly, Mass., sold an Autowave microwave furnace to Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. The unit offers computerized control and measurement instrumentation, which gives researchers the ability to perform more accurate process development compared with older PID-style controllers.

Barber-Colman, Leesburg, Va., released its sensors catalog, a 250-page guide that offers information about the company¿s thermocouples, RTDs, atmosphere probes, hardness testers and accessories. Visit

Gail S. Leicht joined Hercules Chemical Co. Inc., Passaic, N.J., as marketing project manager. She oversees all communications efforts, including advertising, public relations and promotions.

N. David Smith, assistant commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Raleigh, N.C., was named vice chairman of West Conshohocken, Pa.-based American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International¿s board of directors. He has been a board member since 2000 and an ASTM member since 1987.

World Batch Forum, Chandler, Ariz., a nonprofit organization that promotes the exchange of information on the management, operation and automation of batch process manufacturing, is holding its first ¿face-to-face¿ meeting. Until now, the users group meetings have been held via teleconference. Its first annual North American conference will be held on April 13 at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. To attend or receive more information, send an e-mail to

Pasquale ¿Pat¿ DePalma, president of ITT Industries¿ Fluid Handling Div. and general manager of its Bell & Gossett unit, both in Morton Grove, Ill., has been elected president of the Hydraulic Institute, Parsippany, N.J. DePalma has served on the board of directors for the past three years.

CCI Thermal Technologies, Edmonton, Alb., was one of 15 leaders of Alberta¿s business community that were honored as winners of Alberta Business Awards of Distinction. CCI is the winner of the Epcor Triple Bottom-Line Award of Distinction for environmental excellence. The awards were announced at a gala banquet in Edmonton in February.