News briefs and personnel news from industrial process cooling equipment suppliers

Dan Melvin has joined Colville, Wash.-based Colmac Coil Manufacturing's research and development engineering group as a design engineer.

Lisle, Ill.-based Alstom Power Inc., Air Preheater Co., Raymond Operations now distributes its Tech Talk newsletter via e-mail in PDF format. Tech Talk describes the company's drying and calcining equipment and product innovations. It also includes an “Operating Tips” column to answer questions about proper operating and maintenance techniques. To subscribe, send an e-mail to techtalk@ with your name, company name, address, city, state and e-mail address.

St. Louis-based Watlow, a manufacturer of heaters, controllers and temperature sensors, appointed Michael Chow to vice president of the Asia Business Group. Chow will represent the Asia Business Group on the executive team and lead the team responsible for opening a new manufacturing facility in China.

Also, Watlow named Chad Merryman director of customer acquisition and retention. Merryman will focus on learning and understanding Watlow customer needs and building the best processes, flow and operating systems to support those needs.

Thermo Electron Corp., Newington, N.H., has promoted Markus Schreyer to managing director of its facility in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Also, Thermo Electron Corp. has released a 32-page catalog showcasing its Neslab line of precision temperature control products for laboratory applications. The literature describes refrigerated and heating circulating baths, low-temperature bath circulator systems, cold baths, recirculating chillers, and immersion coolers. For a free copy, visit

or call (800) 258-0834.

Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Inc., Houston, has formally approved the occupational health and safety management system of MRL Industries Inc., Sonora, Calif., and awarded OHSAS 18001 approval. This certification has been fully integrated with MRL's existing management systems, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. MRL manufactures thermal processing systems and heating elements for the semiconductor processing, research and industrial markets.

Ametek HDR Power Systems, Columbus, Ohio, has received certification of compliance with ISO 9001:2000. Bob George, director of quality for Ametek Solid-State Controls, led the team preparing for ISO certification, and Barb Emery served as management representative and played a key role in making sure the team stayed on track.

Scott Vining was named group vice president of sales and marketing for Vulcan Electric Co., Porter, Maine. Vining will oversee worldwide sales, marketing and customer service for the thermal products group. PH