Acquisitions, mergers, personnel changes, and other news briefs from companies that manufacture process heating equipment, components and supplies.

To accommodate the company’s growth in Korea and other Asian markets, St. Louis-based Watlow has moved the location of its Korean office. The facility is located at Watlow Korea Co. Ltd., #1405~7 E&C Dream Tower 46, Yangpyeong-Dong-3ga, Yeongdeungpo-Gu, Seoul, 150-103, Korea. The company can be reached by phone at + 82-2-2628-5770. The new facility supports sales, customer service and product delivery in the region.

Cal Controls, Libertyville, Ill., was acquired by Danaher Sensors and Controls Group, Gurnee, Ill., creating a partnership of temperature control brands. Cal joins Danaher’s temperature control business unit, which includes West Instruments, Partlow and PMA.

The Fybroc Division, Met-Pro Corp., received an order to supply 101 corrosion-resistant fiberglass centrifugal pumps for Atlantis, The Palm, a destination resort and water park under development on the island of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The combination of horizontal and vertical pumps from the Telford, Pa., pump-maker shipped over a period of months.

Winchester, Mass.-based Gefran, a manufacturer of sensors and automation components for machine automation and process control, appointed Shawn Tomlinson applications manager. Tomlinson will manage the service, support and application of the company’s automation control systems and components for the industrial automation market.

John Smith
Product Specialist

Jon Wake and John Smith (pictured) were named product specialists for Syracuse, N.Y.-based Eraser Co. Inc., a manufacturer of wire, cable and tube processing equipment.

Due to increasing raw material costs, GEA FlatPlate Inc., York, Pa., raised all base prices between 4 percent and 7 percent on any order received, effective January 22. According to the company, the materials surcharge will remain in effect, varying on a monthly basis, until raw materials costs subside.

Du-Co Ceramics Co. is acquiring certain assets of Saxonburg Ceramics Inc. (SCI), both of Saxonburg, Pa. The SCI facility in Saxonburg Pa., will close, but Du-Co Ceramics will phase in some of the acquired assets into its Saxonburg, Pa., facility. Du-Co also will take over and continue operation of the Monroe, N.C., facility acquired from SCI.

Jorge Otero
Regional Vice President of Sales

Dryer maker Novatec Inc., Baltimore, Md., hired Jorge Otero as regional vice president of sales for Mexico, Central America and South America.

Mark Lechevet
Scheduling/Product Manager

Buffalo, N.Y.-based WCB Flow Products made several changes. Mark Lechevet (pictured) joined the company as scheduling/product manager. Mike Lovelace was named customer service manager. Wayne Spence was named project manager/lean manufacturing. Also, Bill Procaccini was named operations manager.

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