Andreas Kratzer, Ph.D., was named president and CEO of Bühler Aeroglide, Cary, N.C. Kratzer previously served as managing director for the Bühler AG, Pasta and Noodles Business Unit in Uzwil, Switzerland. Bühler Aeroglide manufactures dryers, ovens, roasters, toasters and hot air expansion systems for the food, feed and industrial product markets.

Heat transfer fluid maker Paratherm assembled a team of company volunteers to help the Philadelphia-area Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to children up to age 12 who live in homeless or low income situations. The organization provides kids with the essential items they need to thrive, things like clothing, school supplies, books and toys. The volunteers from Paratherm worked on a project to help 30,000 children in their community.

In other company news, Paratherm, A Division of Lubrizol, launched a company blog at

Toronto-based Winters Instruments, a manufacturer of temperature and pressure instrumentation, received Canada’s “Best Managed Companies” designation, which recognizes Canadian-owned and managed companies demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Valmet has completed the acquisition of GL&V, which will operate as a part of Valmet’s Services business line. GL&V supplies technologies, upgrades and optimization services, rebuilds and spare parts for the pulp and paper industry.

Wendy Koster

Wendy Koster, general manager of Diversified Plastics Inc., Missoula, Mont., was awarded the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) Ahead Award. The award recognizes women in the manufacturing industry for making a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion and leadership.

GTI, Des Plaines, Ill, hired Michael Rutkowski as senior vice president, research and technology development for the energy research organization. Rutkowski will oversee GTI’s research team, leading efforts relating to unconventional supply, energy conversion, natural gas delivery and end use.

Safety Award

The Cambridge, Minn.-based facility of U.S. Water received the 2018 Meritorious Achievement in Occupational Safety Governor’s Safety Award during the 2019 Minnesota Safety & Health Conference in May. Kevin Kitchen, environmental, health and safety manager, and Elizabeth Lachowitzer, environmental, health and safety systems administrator, accepted the award on behalf of U.S. Water.

Moore Industries-International Inc., North Hills, Calif., updated its website with a mobile-friendly design and expanded product catalog. While incorporating the resources of its previous site, Moore added an expanded applications section, a map of its representatives, tracking tools and expanded support section. Visit the site at