Eclipse Inc., Rockford, Ill., has made the following promotions: Jeff Townsend, vice president, business operations; Jim Corbett, director of European operations, and Rick Steder, director of Americas operations.

Bishop-Wisecarver Corp., Pittsburg, Calif., has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Astra Women’s Business Alliance, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. “I am really excited to become certified as a woman-owned business since there are very few of us in our industry, especially within linear motion and power transmission,” says Pamela Kan, Bishop-Wisecarver president. “The selection process includes an in-depth review of the business and site inspection by Astra, and [it] is designed to confirm that the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.”

Colmac Coil Midwest in Paxton, Ill., has earned certification for its coils, meeting the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section VIII Division 1 code requirements, according to Colmac Coil, headquartered in Colville, Wash.

Ray Pearce has rejoined ECD, Milwaukie, Ore., a manufacturer of thermal profiling equipment and software, as sales engineer. Pearce will specialize in quality assurance tools and software required to manage and control heating processes applications.

When a customer needs to determine which machine from Eraser Co. Inc. will work best for their application, the Eraser Sample Program (ESP) allows them to send in a sample of their material to be tested. Once processed, Syracuse, N.Y.-based company will return the sample to the customer with an evaluation report and quotation for an Eraser solution.

A provider of process safety consulting, testing and training services, Chilworth North America relocated to 113 Campus Drive, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540. The company's phone and fax numbers -- (6090 799-4449 and fax (609) 799-5559, respectively --remain the same.

Volcanic Heater Inc., Alliance, Ohio, a manufacturer of marine and land-based thermal heating systems, has launched a new website aimed at providing superior customer service and extensive product information. The site,, includes the capability to request a quote online and obtain specialized assistance in the design of all aspects of tank heating.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Metabolix, a Cambridge, Mass., bioscience company specializing in the chemicals, plastics and energy industries, a $6 million grant to develop renewable biofuels.

We Energies, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corp., Milwaukee, has begun construction on a biomass-fired cogeneration facility at the Rothschild, Wis., pulp and paper mill owned by Montreal’s Domtar Inc.

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed the Kevin L. LaMontagne, CFO of Pulaski, N.Y.-based Fulton, to serve as a member of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council. The council is expected to redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate economic development and create jobs statewide, according to the governor’s statement. The council is eligible to apply for $1 billion in state funding for projects determined to be part of economic stimulus strategy.

Maguire Products Inc., Aston, Pa., promoted Frank Kavanagh to vice president of sales. Kavanagh will be responsible for the company’s sales activities worldwide and will directly supervise agents and distributors in the United States, Latin America and Australia.