Jim Porach joined Raleigh, N.C.-based Aeroglide Corp., a manufacturer of custom drying and cooling equipment, in a technical sales role. Read about this and other personnel moves, mergers, acquisitions and heat-processing equipment supplier news.

Jim Porachjoined Raleigh, N.C.-basedAeroglide Corp., a manufacturer of custom drying and cooling equipment, in a technical sales role. Porach has 15 years of experience, the last nine of which were in direct sales of thermal processing equipment.

Cecil Thomaswas named general manager of Gefran’s motion operations in Charlotte, N.C. In the newly created position, Thomas will be responsible for strategic product planning and market development. Located in Winchester Mass.,Gefran ISI Inc.manufactures sensors and automation components for process control.

Heat Transfer Research Inc. (HTRI), College Station, Texas, a consortium of more than 700 companies in 47 countries that develops proprietary technology, has expanded its staff. Among those joining the group areThomas M. Ortiz, P.E., project engineer, software development;S. Greg Starks, senior software developer;Nancy S. Brune, accounting associate;Lane E. Stoddard, accounting associate;Lauren V. Moran, technical services specialist; andLaurel J. Mulvey, senior administrative assistant.

MooreHawke, a division ofMoore Industries-International Inc., North Hills, Calif., released a brochure on its Trunksafe system, a redundant fieldbus. According to the company, with Trunksafe, it is not necessary to duplicate the entire segment to achieve redundancy. The brochure can be downloaded as a PDF file from www.miinet.com.

For Balitmore-basedNovatec Inc.,Douglas Arndtwas named regional vice president for system design and director of its new Great Lakes regional projects office in Kalamazoo, Mich. The regional projects office will provide on-site consulting, system design and supervision of system installations. Arndt is responsible for the sales, design and project-engineering services provided by the Michigan office for purchasers of resin-handling systems based on Novatec drying, blending and conveying equipment. He also will work with existing or prospective customers of the recently establishedAuxiliary Systems Group (ASG), an alliance between Novatec andAdvantage Engineering Inc., Greenwood, Ind.

David K. Joneswas named to a newly created position of director of bioproducts forAshland Inc., Dublin, Ohio. Also,Mike Swartzlanderwas named vice president and managing director, India, and will head up Ashland’s India business. Swartzlander previously served as vice president and general manager of Ashland’s casting business.

Cleveland-basedNational Coil Coating Associationreleased a CD detailing the coil-coating processing. The CD provides in-depth information on the process and benefits of converting from post-paint to pre-paint, and offers resources such as interactive tutorials, case studies and cost-analysis tools. The free CD can be ordered at www.coilcoatinginstitute.org.

Jay WeisjoinedVulcanium Corp., Northbrook, Ill., as controller. Vulcanium manufactures corrosion-resistant equipment for the metal finishing industry.

Koch College, the meat-processing training branch of Kansas City-basedKoch Equipment LLC, marks its 10-year anniversary. The company developed the training program to teach food processors and packagers the latest meat processing, sausage making, cooking and smoking techniques to help them increase productivity and profitability. The three-day course includes classroom instruction and hands-on activities in a full-service demonstration kitchen.

Wall Colmonoy, Madison Heights, Mich., appointedAmi Zelcergeneral manager of theWCC Ohio Aerospace Group. Zelcer will have responsibility for the overall administration and management of the business units in Cincinnati and Dayton.

Reliable Controls, Victoria, B.C., formed an OEM partnership withFunctional Devices Inc., Russiaville, Ind. FDI manufactures the Relay In a Box line of prepackaged multipurpose relays. The partnership allows Reliable Controls’ customers to access the FDI product line at preferred pricing.

LumaSense Technologies Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., acquiredNew A.C. Inc., dba Andros Inc., a privately held company based in Richmond, Calif., focused on gas analysis for the clean technology and medical sectors.