Jim Corbett joined Eclipse Inc. as vice president of human resources. According to the Rockford, Ill.-based combustion systems manufacturer, this new role within the company is intended to support strategic plan initiatives by increasing the investment in the development of employees worldwide. Key responsibilities include talent management as well as staffing, manpower planning and recruitment.
St. Louis-based Watlow promoted Chad Merryman to vice president, global end user sales and support. For the last two years, Merryman served as director for the heaters, controllers and temperature sensors maker’s domestic and international technical sales and support teams. In his new role, Merryman will be responsible for distributor sales and alternative channel sales. Also, he will continue to provide leadership to the technical and service teams.
Spirax Sarco Inc. has redesigned www.spiraxsarco.com/us, following the redesign and launch of the corporate web site. Content has been streamlined into four main categories to make it easier to navigate with fewer clicks and track recently visited areas. New features include a site-wide search and a “You are here” text map at the top of each page. The site from the Blythewood, S.C.-based steam systems maker also makes better use of the screen space so there is less scrolling.
Ensign Ribbon Burners LLC, Pelham Manor, N.Y., named Ordan Thermal Products Ltd., Markham, Ontario, as sales representative for the manufacturer of ribbon burners and related combustion products for heat processing industries. In addition to the newly added Ensign Ribbon Burners line, Ordan Thermal supplies burners, flame safeguards, regulators/governors, mixers, valves, blowers, instrumentation, controls, lubricants and other equipment used in heat processing systems.
Baltimore-based Novatec Inc. appointed Florida Plastics Machinery LLC as its agent in Florida. The company is newly established as a partnership of two experienced Florida manufacturers’ representatives: Darrell Dardenne, whose former company was Florida Polymer Equipment; and Chuck Gorman, previously head of Florida Plastics Machinery Group Inc. Dardenne will operate from an office in St. Augustine, Fla., while Gorman will work from an office in Winter Springs, Fla.
Ashland, Mass.-based Fenwal Controls, a manufacturer of gas ignition and temperature controls for OEM customers, is on the path to qualifying for ACE Bronze status. Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) is a proprietary management system by which Fenwal’s parent company, United Technologies Corp. (UTC), Hartford, Conn., develops and sustains quality and productivity. ACE competency levels of bronze, silver and gold are earned by UTC divisions by completing a series of advanced training sessions and successfully applying ACE analytical methodology to continually improve overall customer satisfaction. Fenwal Controls joins sibling UTC division Kidde Fire Protection in the effort to achieve ACE Bronze status by January 2008.
Schaumburg, Ill.-based Misumi USA Inc. has updated its automation components and web-ordering sites. Functional improvements include updates to its search engine and order processing systems.