Charles Sears, the president of Dri-Air Industries Inc., East Windsor, Conn., passed away on August 5 after a recent battle with cancer.

Sears founded Dri-Air Industries in 1985 to provide drying systems for the plastics industry. He was a noted authority on the science of drying technology and applications and held several patents.

Jason Sears, who has been with the company 27 years, is managing the company operations.


Curran Group Inc., Crystal Lake, Ill., is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2018. A family-owned, privately held corporation, Curran owns Global Finishing Solutions, Osseo, Wis., a manufacturer of paint booth and finishing systems, among other companies. Curran has a series of events planned to mark the milestone with its employees across North America. In addition, the company developed an anniversary video. View it at www.currangroup.com.


St. Louis-based Watlow released a new heater catalog, “Heating Solutions: Thermal Systems for Every Application,” in print and online versions. The online version is touchscreen-enabled for access via tablets and smart phones. It contains embedded videos for additional product explanation. It can be downloaded from www.watlow.com.


Seeq Corp.

Seattle based Seeq Corp., a provider of manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) analytics software, secured $23 million in funding to expand its development, sales and marketing resources. The funding was led by the Altira Group with participation by Chevron Technology Ventures, next47, the Siemens-backed global venture firm, Second Avenue Partners and other existing investors.

Seeq’s software applications help manufacturing organizations analyze, predict, collaborate and distribute insights to improve production outcomes.


CCAI awards

During the 2018 CCAI annual meeting in Sarasota, Fla., the Chemical Coaters Association International recognized chapter users and suppliers for contributions to the organization. CCAI also installed its 2018-19 national board of directors and officers. It includes Bill Oney, Therma-Tron-X Inc., president; Duane Fudge, Chemetall, vice president; Tony Sclafani, AR Iron LLC, treasurer; and Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co., recent past president. The board also includes Kevin Coursin, George Koch Sons LLC; Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings; Jim Gallagher, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.; Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. LLC; Dan Labrecque, Tiger Drylac USA Inc.; Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp.; Tim Milner, J.I.T. Powder Coating Co.; Mark Walsworth, Nordic Ware Inc.; Bob Warren; Jeff Watson, Custom Chemicals of Texas; and Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons LLC.


CSV Marketing Inc.

Vermilion, Ohio-based CSV Marketing Inc., a manufacturers’ representative agency offering industrial products, named Beck Oberholtzer as regional and marketing manager.


Bodo Möller Chemie Group was appointed exclusive distributor for silicone elastomers of Dow Consumer Solutions for industrial markets in the Middle East and Africa, except Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Dowsil product family is formed from assets of Dow and the former Dow Corning. It is manufactured by DowDuPont. Silicone products include conformal coatings, gels, encapsulants and thermal-management products.

A family-owned, privately held corporation providing paint booth and finishing systems, Curran Group Inc., Crystal Lake, Ill., is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2018. The company has a series of events planned to mark the milestone with its employees across North America.