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Atlas Copco celebrates 140th anniversary

Headquartered in Sweden, Atlas Copco began with an idea in 1873 that the country should become more self-sufficient in railroad building. As the years passed however, development, technical innovations and competition drove the company to diversify its product portfolio. In the 1950s the first major strategic international acquisition was made with the purchase of Arpic Engineering, a Belgian compressor company.

Atlas Copco first came to the U.S. in 1950. Today Atlas Copco has 109 locations in the United States alone, representing 1.7 million square feet of manufacturing, production, distribution and office space, and employing more than 4,600 people and works with hundreds of carefully selected distributors.

As part of the anniversary celebration, Atlas Copco North America donated $60,000 to New York City-based “charity: water,” a global non-profit dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Bandit Industries welcomes three new dealers

Bandit Industries added three new dealer locations in the first quarter of 2013.

Bobcat of Palm Beach/Broward operates in two Florida locations, West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach.

Bobcat of Jacksonville serves customers in Northern Florida.

Hepburn Enterprises is located in Winnipeg, serving customers throughout Manitoba and Central Canada.

Cascade promotes Mark Miller to president

Cascade Engineering has promoted Mark Miller to president of the Cascade Engineering (CE) Family of Companies. Miller will focus on CE’s manufacturing-based business units including CK Technologies, Automotive Americas and Europe, Cascade Cart Solutions, CapturIt, Commercial Products and Noble Polymers, and will be responsible for leading the manufacturing, engineering and finance teams. Miller will continue to report directly to company founder, chairman and chief executive officer Fred Keller.

Miller most recently was the president of CK Technologies, group vice president of the Transportation Group and the chief strategy officer for the Family of Companies.

Miller is a 25 year veteran of the transportation industry. His extensive industry experience has included working with virtually all major OEMs in both the commercial truck and automotive sectors. Prior to joining CK Technologies in 2006, he held a number of leadership positions within the Tier I automotive supply sector for more than 15 years.

Fred Keller will remain Chairman and chief executive officer and retain responsibility for new business and technology development and Cascade Renewable Energy. Steve Peterson will continue as chief financial officer and Kenyatta Brame, senior vice president and chief administrative officer will lead the non-manufacturing business units.

Vortex Valves expands Kansas headquarters

Vortex plans to increase its plant size by about 50 percent. The 64,000 sq. ft. expansion will bring the Salina, Kansas headquarters to a total of 185,000 ft.

President and chief executive officer Jeff Thompson said he expects construction to begin in April and be completed by the end of the year.

The expansion will add approximately 48,000 sq. ft. of production space and 16,000 sq. ft. for offices and conference rooms.

Vortex built and occupied its existing headquarters at the end of 2006. Since then the company has grown its workforce by 33 percent. Vortex currently employs 164 people in its Salina facility.

The expansion will allow Vortex to accommodate high growth potentials with several new products in new markets related to dry bulk processing.

Kolberg-Pioneer touted for safety improvement

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) has been recognized for its commendable efforts in safety by parent corporation Astec Industries, Inc.

KPI-JCI is the recipient of the Most Improved Safety Award for its 2012 safety record. The company decreased its recordable incidents by 56 percent over a 12-month period, according to safety manager Neil Pedersen.

The reduction in incidents is significant for the company, which places a heavy emphasis on safety in the workplace.

Clean Harbors’ Metzger as new SCAA president

The Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) named Scott Metzger as its new president at SCAA’s recent annual meeting held in Alexandria, Virginia.

Metzger is senior vice president of field operations for Clean Harbors and holds an oversight role for the their National Strike Team that manages environmental incidents. When not deployed on an event, his focus is emergency response preparedness, readiness, training and the development of response teams.

Pennsylvania DEP secretary Krancer resigns

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett declared that Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Mike Krancer will step down to return home to Montgomery County to practice law.

Krancer also oversaw the permit review process and permit decision guarantee, which have brought timeliness and consistency to the permitting process for all agency-regulated activities.

Krancer will rejoin his former law firm, Blank Rome LLP, an international law firm based in Philadelphia.

Ecoverse buys compost equipment distributor

DoppstadtUS holding company Ecoverse Industries LLC has acquired compost equipment distributor N40 Inc.

For more than 10 years, North Carolina-based N40 has been helping commercial compost facilities establish efficient and effective operations.

Lyndell Pate, sales manager for N40, will continue to provide consultation and expertise for compost operations, specifically with regard to process and equipment recommendations.

Paul Holshouser, service technician for N40, will also continue to help customers keep their equipment running at peak performance.

N40 business operations have all been consolidated to the Avon, Ohio headquarters of Ecoverse and DoppstadtUS. Their North Carolina sales and service office still remains.

The Timken Company acquires Interlube Systems

The Timken Company has acquired Interlube Systems Ltd., which makes automated lubrication delivery systems for end market sectors including commercial vehicles, construction, mining, heavy and general industries.

With 2012 sales of approximately $13 million, Interlube is based in Plymouth, U.K., has an operation in Dayton, Ohio, and a joint venture in Zhuhai, China. The purchase also includes MSP Distributors Ltd., based in Cheltenham, U.K., and acquired by Interlube in 2007.

Nissan Forklift and TCM America forms UniCarriers

Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America has joined forces with TCM America under a new name, UniCarriers Americas Corporation. UniCarriers Americas Corporation is a division of UniCarriers Corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. UniCarriers Holdings is the parent company of UniCarriers. The head offices will be located in Marengo, Illinois.

Wastequip adds Gonzalez to board of directors

Wastequip has added Lori H. Gonzalez to the board of directors of Wastequip’s parent holding company, Patriot Container Corporation.

Gonzalez is currently a vice president at Jarden Corporation. Gonzalez is responsible for long-term business strategy, P&L management, product portfolio management and marketing strategy.

Sims makes European management changes

Effective immediately Graham Davy, CEO Europe and Global Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), is no longer employed by the company.

Amongst other management changes, Hans-Otto Hagemann has been appointed acting managing director SRS Continental Europe and SRS UK.