the company’s fabrication shops in Vancouver, Wash., and
Corvallis, Ore. He has
more than 30 years
of experience in the
Cowling previously worked as general manager at Northwest Copper Works
and the Marks Brothers pressure vessel
division. He began his career as a boilermaker and ironworker. Cowling holds
a mechanical engineering degree and
is a licensed professional mechanical
Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., has announced the appointment of Dr. Nathaniel Quick, founder
of AppliCote Associates LLC and former
LIA president, as its new executive director. Quick succeeds Peter Baker, who
served as executive director for 28 years
and retired in May.
Quick earned several degrees in materials science and engineering from
Cornell University, including a Doctor
of Philosophy. He previously served as
vice president of Washburn Wire Products Inc.; co-founded AT&T Coatings;
and served as CEO and chief scientist
for his own company, Applications
Technology of Indiana Inc. He worked
in leadership positions for several companies focused on materials processing
and research development and founded AppliCote Associates LLC.
LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has named
Bergeron has more than 20 years of
experience in the industrial machinery market. He has served as territory
sales manager for various machine tool
manufacturers and brokers and also
has worked as a general/plant manager. Most recently he was regional sales
manager for an Ohio-based machinery
sales company representing waterjet
and EDM equipment. Bergeron studied
industrial engineering at Sinclair College and received his toolmaker’s apprenticeship certificate in Ohio.
Mill Steel Co., a
distributor of flat-rolled carbon steel in
Grand Rapids, Mich.,
has promoted Joe
Poot from vice president of purchasing
to senior vice president. Poot started his
career with the company 18 years ago as
assistant controller. Shortly thereafter
he advanced to business unit controller
and was promoted to purchasing manager in 2002. Poot became a shareholder and partner of the company in 2006.
Services, a fabricated metals supplier based in Birmingham, Ala., has
named Kent Brown
He succeeds Larry Whitehead, who will
remain with the company through the
end of the year during a transition period. Brown previously served as vice
president and general manager of Mc-Wane Corp., where he had worked for
17 years. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from West Virginia University and an MBA from Robert Morris
its sales operations
into three regions—
East, Central, and
West—Pferd Inc. has
promoted Jeffrey A.
Hamilton to regional
sales manager, Central U.S. This region
comprises Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas,
Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Louisiana,
Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, and Iowa.
Hamilton has been with the Milwaukee-based company, a manufacturer of
abrasives, brushes, and power tools,
for several years, serving most recently
as sales territory manager and applications specialist.
Practical Products Co. has named
Thomas M. Cook as
has 12 years of management and industry experience. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in business from the University
The company is a manufacturer and
supplier of industrial hand and power
tools, including files for laminate and
metal finishing, bending rollers, chip
brushes, spring clamps, and shears.
Rattunde Corp., a
manufacturer of tube
and bar processing
machinery in Caledonia, Mich., has appointed Jon Hisey
as director of business development for North American
operations. Hisey worked most recently
as national sales manager and general
manager for an industrial saw blade
Wila USA, Hanover, Md., a supplier
of tooling, clamping, and crowning systems for press brakes, has hired Steve
Westbrook as business development
manager for the Southwest region.
Westbrook has more than 25 years of
experience in the sheet metal fabrication industry.
He has worked for 16 years for various
sheet metal fabricators as CNC programmer, manufacturing engineer, and operations manager.
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Thomas M. Cook