Following a 40-year career leading and serving Colmac Coil, Bruce I. Nelson, P.E., the company’s past president and current director of innovation, will retire on July 4. Nelson joined Colmac Coil in 1981 as a design engineer. He worked to develop the company’s first industrial air cooler product line and pioneered Colmac’s first computer-based coil selection software, CoilPro. After working in engineering management roles and as corporate vice president, Nelson served Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Colville, Wash., as president and director from 1997 until 2021, responsible for overall operational and strategic management. During Nelson’s tenure as president, he led Colmac Coil’s growth in sales and recognition as an innovative industry leader in the industrial refrigeration market.
In recognition of his contributions to that market as well as Colmac Coil, the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) honored him at its 2021 virtual conference. IIAR presented Nelson with both its Member of the Year and Honorary Life Member awards. The member award is given to an individual to recognize service to IIAR that is “exceptional and above expectation.” As the immediate past chair of IIAR, Nelson’s ideas and leadership helped guide IIAR through the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization noted. He also led the selection process for recruiting and hiring the new IIAR president, Gary Schrift.
IIAR occasionally elects individuals as honorary life members in recognition of their enduring contributions to the industry. Nelson was one of three recipients of the award at the 2021 IIAR Online Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo.
Nelson plans to continue working through a newly formed consulting company, Bruce V. Nelson Engineering LLC.
Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), Robesonia, Pa., promoted Steve Moya to manager of the RBS Science & Innovation Center. In this role, Moya will oversee the testing facility, manage its staff, conduct customer on‐site and virtual product trials, and complete research and development projects for the manufacturer of baked snack food production systems.
Anderson Process, Brookfield, Wis., a supplier of process equipment and services, acquired Premier Pump Inc., a pump distributor and service provider out of Cleveland. The acquisition is expected to allow Anderson Process to capitalize on complementary product and service offerings between the two companies. It is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Anderson Process. With the acquisition, Anderson Process will have warehouse and service facilities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Endress+Hauser, Greenwood, Ind., expanded its partnership with sales representative Field Instruments & Controls in the Pacific Northwest. Effective July 1, Field Instruments & Controls will be Endress+Hauser’s authorized service provider for Oregon, Washington State and the Idaho panhandle. Based in Woodland, Wash., Field Instruments & Controls has been an Endress+Hauser sales representative for 12 years
A new paint line at Savannah Industrial Solutions adds new capabilities for the manufacturer of custom metal, stone, wood and refrigeration products for the healthcare, telecommunications and other markets as well as creating new jobs in Savannah, Tennessee. Iroquois Industrial Group and Big Shoulders Capital, owners of Savannah Industrial Solutions, say the semi-automated, five-stage, powder-coat paint line will allow the company to create metal counters, cabinets and other displays in virtually any color. It also will allow the company to paint metal parts for other businesses seeking contract powder coating for metal parts up to 6' in length.
Waltham, Mass.-based Tecogen Inc., a provider of on-site power, heating and cooling equipment, inked manufacturer’s representative agreements with two refrigeration equipment sales companies to support sales of Tecofrost refrigeration systems. Located outside of Seattle, I-Refco has exclusive sales rights for Tecofrost in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Alaska as well as in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories.
Tecogen also established Refrigeration Equipment Specialist Co. (RESCO), Tustin, Calif., as the Tecofrost manufacturer’s representative in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.
A provider of manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software, Seattle-based Seeq Corp. launched the Seeq SaaS Workshop, a tool to simplify the migration path to the cloud for on-premises customers.