Thermcraft Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., hired Bill Thomson as its general manager.  Thomson is responsible for day-to-day operations for the manufacturer of furnaces and ovens. Also, Scott Miller joined Thermcraft as North American sales manager.  He is responsible for developing the company’s market presence and assisting in the marketing strategy.

In other company news, Thermcraft redesigned its website to a responsive layout. The new site automatically resizes to the device upon which it is being viewed. See it at

Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course,” from the Industrial Heating Equipment Association, Taylor Mill, Ky., begins on October 17. The class provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating.

Heather Bateman joined Radco Industries Inc., LaFox, Ill., to handle its Xceltherm products. Bateman has significant expertise in both heat transfer fluids and systems, and she can help with challenges related to startups, maintenance and fluid testing and analysis.

Johnson Controls and Tyco completed its merger in September. Operating under the name Johnson Controls, the company is headquartered in Cork, Ireland. It will offer building efficiency, fire and security solutions.

Johnson Controls’ automotive business will spin off into an independent company known as Adient on October 31.

Matt Risser has rejoined Robesonia, Pa.-based Reading Bakery Systems as a senior project engineer. Risser will provide product management with responsibility for deliverables. He will have control over project scopes, budgets and schedules. Also, Eugene Schwartz joined Reading Bakery Systems as project manager, and Reading appointed Joseph Pocevicius to the position of sales manager, Europe. In his new role, Pocevicius will be relocating to the Netherlands and will be responsible for selling RBS equipment and systems.

Valin Corp., San Jose, Calif., acquired Thermal Solutions of Texas, located near Houston. Thermal Solutions of Texas provides process heating systems and service. The company’s 11,000 ft2 site houses a UL508 certified manufacturing/warehouse facility with custom fabrication abilities and space for its inventory stocking program. The acquisition further expands Valin’s process heating portfolio.

Multi-Wing America, Burton, Ohio, released its Optimiser 10 fan specification app. The software helps original equipment engineers specify the most efficient, tailor-made Multi-Wing fan for their application. It is suited for specifying fans in process cooling and HVACR as well as engine cooling in off-highway equipment and power generators.

EcoShield 386, reportedly the first water-based coating with more than 1,000 hr of salt-spray resistance in the ASTM B117 test, was introduced by Cortec Corp., St. Paul, Minn. Learn more about the coating at

Jon Alanis joined Asahi/America Inc., St. Lawrence, Mass., as business development manager for industrial products in the western region. Alanis will promote the company’s industrial single- and double-wall piping products and support sales efforts and engineering specifications.

Dr. James Seaba joined Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, Ill., as the senior director of technology development, where he will play a strategic role in the evaluation and maturation of technology. From the development of novel hydrogen production technology for fuel cells to the reduction of greenhouse gases in oil sands production, Dr. Seaba has expertise across a broad technology spectrum.

Lauren Manufacturing named Chris Kerr plant manager of its New Philadelphia, Ohio location. Kerr will oversee day-to-day operations of the manufacturing facility, which engineers custom rubber seals and components.

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries will present “PCB Troubleshooting” on November 2 in Raleigh, N.C. As root causes for PCB defects are not always readily apparent, course instructor Mike Carano, RBP Chemical Technology Inc., will teach participants to trace problems through the manufacturing process. In addition, participants will electrodeposition defects such as mouse bites, pitting, and domed or crown plating; learn about solderability and other assembly-related issues such as outgassing, black pad, creep corrosion and blow holes; and develop strategies to address solder mask peeling, poor circuit trace coverage, skips, bubbles, and poor adhesion in nickel gold plating.

Knipex Tools LP, Arlington Heights, Ill., hired Bill Grimpe as its product marketing specialist and Catherine Smith as its marketing communications coordinator.