Ametek Inc., Berwyn, Pa., acquired Controls Southeast Inc. (CSI), a manufacturer of custom-engineered thermal solutions, from Industrial Growth Partners forOmron approximately $160 million. Based near Charlotte, N.C., Controls Southeast has annual sales of approximately $50 million. It joins Ametek as part of its Electronic Instruments Group (EIG).

CSI provides proprietary heating systems for industrial piping, valves and instruments as well as jacketed piping and specialty fabrication products. Its products and thermal solutions are used to heat liquids and gases in critical processes for industries such as oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association announced its 2013-14 board of directors and officers during its annual meeting in May. Serving as president is Tim Lee of Maxon, a division of Honeywell. Bob Green of Bloom Engineering was named IHEA vice president and BJ Bernard of Surface Combustion was elected treasurer. Outgoing president Mike Shay of Elster Kromschröder assumes the role of past president. In addition, IHEA members reelected Jay Cherry of Wellman Furnaces and Doug Glenn of BNP Media to serve additional three-year terms.

Continuing their service on the board of directors are: Keith Boeckenhauer, Seco/Warwick; David Bovenizer, Selas Heat Technology Co.; Mike Chapman, Vulcan Catalytic Systems; Daniel Llaguno, Nutec Bickley; John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment, a division of TPI; John Searle, Eclipse Inc.; and John Stanley, Karl Dungs Inc.

Scottsville, N.Y.-based Ambrell, a manufacturer of induction heating systems, sold an Ekoheat 10 kW/100 kHz induction heating system to a manufacturer for a shrink fitting application. The manufacturer will use the Ekoheat to preheat gears so they expand to enable a shaft to be inserted into each one. As the gears cool, they contract back to size, thereby securing the shafts inside the gears.

Omron Automation and Safety, Schaumburg, Ill., launched three new websites: for the United States, for Canada, and for Latin America. All of the sites are accessible through

Hydraulic Institute (HI), Parsippany, N.J., appointed Mark J. Sullivan as director of education and training. Sullivan will support Pump Systems Matter, an education and training organization affiliated with HI, a North American pump association.

Mouser Electronics Inc., Mansfield, Texas, launched a technology-focused site on programmable logic technology. The content can help design engineers learn about the types of programmable logic technology and identify the most suitable components for particular applications. Learn more at

 Mario Azar was appointed CEO of the Solutions Business Unit in the Oil & Gas Division of Siemens’ Energy Sector. Prior to this appointment, he was executive vice president of Siemens Energy’s Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions in the Fossil Power Generation Division with responsibility for the business in North and South America. The Oil & Gas Solutions Business Unit is headquartered in Houston. 

Vulcan Electric Co., Porter, Maine, established a representative relationship with Stress Analysis Services (SAS), Bath, Ohio. According to Vulcan, SAS will provide customers with thermal or flexible circuits solution to meet application requirements.

Industrial heating elements manufacturer Custom Electric Manufacturing Co., Wixom, Mich., named Robert J. Fouquette chief engineer. He will report to Vic Strauss, vice president of engineering, and serve as part of the company’s sales and engineering teams.