Charlotte, N.C.-based APV, a part of SPX Corp., named Charles Ruben to the position of global plate heat exchangers sales director.

Michele Tomas joined Nationwide Boilers Inc., Fremont, Calif., as marketing manager. Nationwide specializes in providing temporary boilers to industry and manufactures CataStak, a selective catalytic reduction system for package boilers.

As part of its Technology Fair and User Conference, which will be held April 4-7 in Houston, Yokogawa Corp. of America, Sugar Land, Texas, will offer four CEU courses that will be taught by ISA instructors. All of the courses will run concurrently on Monday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost to attend is $489.50 for ISA members and $544.50 for nonmembers. Topics to be presented include an overview of measurement control fundamentals; security for industrial networks and cyber-protection for automation, control and SCADA systems; tips for implementing safety instrumented systems; and an overview of wireless technology.
In related company news, Yokogawa Electric Corp. established an Industrial Automation Global Marketing Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Maurice Wilkins, formerly of ARC Advisory Group, will lead the group as vice president of strategic marketing for Yokogawa industrial automation global marketing.
Also, Stan Lambert joined Yokogawa’s management staff as a certified safety and health manager. Lambert will be responsible for the development, implementation and training of health and safety initiatives for Yokogawa’s North American operations.

Cranberry Township, Pa.-based Conair named Wesley Sipe, a heat-transfer expert and 10-year veteran of the company, general manager. Sipe will lead Conair’s team of engineers and customer service specialists and has has responsibility for all sales, engineering, product development and service of Conair chillers, temperature control units and integrated heat-transfer systems produced in North America.

Lou Zavala was hired by Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Frigel as a national sales manager. Zavala will be responsible for the North American sales representative network and advancing industry awareness of Frigel’s technology.

Scottsville, N.Y.-based Ameritherm Inc., an Ambrell company, named Tom Dickerson as director of sales and marketing for the Americas. Dickerson will be responsible for growing the induction heating systems maker’s client base within the region.

Silicon-based materials maker Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich., will expand its manufacturing operations in Kendallville, Ind., creating more than 20 new jobs by 2010. Dow Corning will invest more than $5 million to build and equip a 25,000 ft2 addition to its manufacturing operations, extending the company’s mixing and extruding capabilities at the site.

Solon Manufacturing, Chardon, Ohio, a manufacturer of industrial controls, received a “gold and superior” rating from ABB Inc., Norwalk, Conn. The rating reflects Solon’s performance as a supplier to ABB and indicates that ABB found Solon exceeded product quality performance and on-time delivery requirements.

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