NEW HIRES, PROMOTIONS & RECOGNITIONS CHRIS WISEMAN, NIDEC ST. LOUIS – Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) has promoted Chris Wiseman to president of its newly created Commercial Industrial Motors & Drives (CIMD) business unit for Commercial Industrial Solutions (CIS) Americas. Most recently, Wiseman was vice president/general manager for Nidec’s Commercial/Industrial Platform. Wiseman is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He received his MBA from Ohio State University. “Chris has been a proven leader in managing complex business units that serve our global commercial and industrial customers,” said group leader of CIS Americas Sid Ambort. “This is a well-deserved promotion.” nidec.com DARREN T. MCGUIRE, WILO USA ROSEMONT, Ill. – Wilo USA welcomes Darren T. McGuire as director of operations for its production and distribution facilities in Georgia. McGuire has over 20 years of experience in the pump industry. As the director of operations, he will be responsible for overseeing production and order flow through both facilities, applying lean initiatives, and will focusing on driving improvements in the supply chain of product and customer interaction. “Darren’s track record of proven success in the pump industry and demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the field of operations make him an ideal fit for the role of director of operations for our manufacturing and distribution facilities in Thomasville, Georgia,” says Tim Ruppert, president. wilo-usa.com ROSEANN DIGIOVANNI, QUANTUMFLO DeBARY, Fla. – RoseAnn DiGiovanni has joined QuantumFlo’s sales management team as regional sales manager for the Central division. A 25-year veteran in the area of pumps and pumping systems, DiGiovanni brings to QuantumFlo a tenure in technical sales and applications training, working with representatives worldwide. She joins the QuantumFlo Team with a wealth of knowledge and strong training skills to develop existing markets. She has been a member of the ASPE and NFPA organizations, and holds a BA in psychology from UC Davis. quantumflo.com VASKO PAPOVSKI, FRANKLIN BRONZE FRANKLIN, Penn. – Vasko Popovski joined Franklin Bronze Precision Components, LLC (FBPC) in this fall as sales manager in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Popovski’s experience includes 23 years in metal casting production, sales and technical support. As sales manager at FBPC, Popovski is responsible for maintaining and developing sales in investment castings, focusing on industrial markets and new applications. Popovski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh; Master of Arts degree in Technology from Kent State; and an MBA from Waynesburg University. franklinbronze.com KELLY TOMLIN, ADMIRAL VALVE KENNETT SQUARE, Penn. – Admiral Valve, LLC, parent company of CPV, named Kelly Tomlin executive vice president and CFO. Tomlin, who had held the position of CFO at CPV for the past four years, will assume the expanded role of executive vice president as a key member of the CPV leadership team. “Kelly’s rise within our senior leadership team is well-deserved,” said Ira J. Perlmuter, chairman. “She’s a valued asset to our company and our customers.” In Tomlin’s expanded role, her financial expertise and experience as a CPA will be an integral part of CPV’s long-term plans for future growth. admiralvalve.com JOHN BUKOWSKI, WAGO GERMANTOWN, Wis. – WAGO has named John Bukowski as its new distribution channel manager of North America. He has a Bachelor’s degree in applied technology and automated manufacturing from the ITT Technical Institute. Professionally, he brings a wealth of experience to WAGO having worked in technical sales for over 30 years in companies such as Eaton, Pepperl + Fuchs, Inc. and Schneider Electric. wago.us BRYAN MILTON, EXXONMOBIL IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil Corporation announced it will combine its refining and marketing operations into a single company, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, in the first quarter of 2018. Bryan Milton, currently president of ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, has been appointed president of the combined division by ExxonMobil’s board of directors, effective January 1, 2018. Milton, 53, joined Exxon Chemical in 1986 at Fawley in the U.K., where he worked in various plant and developmental engineering roles, including assignments as operations manager and as plant manager. He previously held various leadership positions and was in 2009 appointed vice president of Basic Chemicals for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. Before his current role, Milton was president of ExxonMobil Global Services Company. corporate.exxonmobile.com AROUND THE INDUSTRY General Electric, Siemens Facing Layoffs ATLANTA – The United States labor market is strong, but it’s an uncertain time to be an employee of General Electric, Siemens and others in the traditional power business. General Electric is cutting 12,000 jobs. Most cuts will come from outside the U.S., and the power division’s workforce of about 295,000 will be reduced by 18 percent in an attempt to save $1 billion. Siemens said it was cutting 6,900 jobs mostly from its power division. Most of the job cuts will be in the U.S. and Germany and will come from the unit that provides turbines and services to companies that generate power from oil and gas, per CNN. Siemens’ move came after a new downturn in the industry. “The power generation industry is experiencing disruption of unprecedented scope and speed,” Siemens board member Lisa Davis said. cnn.com Ebara Donates Pumps to Thai University ROCK HILL, S.C. – Ebara Corporation donated pumps to Thammasat University in Thailand as part of its international cooperation activities through technical guidance. The objective is to deepen students’ understanding of pump structure, learn how to control them, and more by experiencing real pumps during the classes. A pump seminar was held at Thammasat University —100 university students who studied mechanical engineering attended. During the seminar, a lecture was held centered on basic knowledge of pumps, cavitation and the feature of the water supply pump unit. Ebara has sought to deepen mutual understanding through international cooperation, including technical guidance. Since the establishment of the EbaraHatakeyama Memorial Fund (EHMF) in 1989, Ebara held seminars more than 260 times around the world, and more than 12,000 people have attended. pumpsebara.com Novozymes & Grundfos Collaborate for Clean Water SINGAPORE – When a biotech teams with cutting-edge water technology the result might be new solutions to some of the most pressing global issues concerning water scarcity. A direct impact can be made on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, aiming at securing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. This is the scope, when Novozymes, an expert in enzymes and microorganisms, and Grundfos, a provider of advanced pump technologies, enter an open innovation collaboration. The partnership takes place on HelloScience.io, an online universe launched by Novozymes in September 2017 where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry. novozymes.com, us.grundfos.com Weir France Promotes Engineering Careers for Women SAINT VICTORET, France – Weir Flow Control France, part of global engineering firm Weir Group, is working with the French Ministry of Education to promote diversity and inclusion in the engineering sector. The company partnered with the government to boost the number of women pursuing careers in mechanical engineering. Weir is seeking to address the issue of a lack of diversity in the engineering sector. For professions such as engineers, drawing technicians, CNC operators, just 20 percent of employees in the industry are women. This issue is widely recognized in the sector, and the government and employers are working together to promote benefits of mechanical career paths to young women in the hope that early engagement will help improve diversity and inclusion today and in the future. Weir has also founded an Association of Female Engineers to support and promote successful women in engineering to students in colleges and university. global.weir.com NRWA & DOL Announce Apprenticeship Program WASHINGTON – The National Rural Water Association, the nation’s largest water utility association with more than 31,000 members, announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to launch a nationwide apprenticeship program. The WaterPro Apprenticeship Program, tailored to water and wastewater system operations specialists, is a recognized standard with the DOL. Twelve NRWA state affiliates jointly made the announcement at training events for water and wastewater operations specialists. Over the next decade, the water sector is expected to lose between 30 and 50 percent of the workforce to retirement. Many of these employees have worked at the same utility for the majority of their careers, and they will depart with decades of valuable institutional knowledge. nrwa.org Sulzer’s Planned Acquisition of Simcro Cancelled WINTERTHUR, Switzerland – The acquisition of Simcro, which was announced earlier this year, could not be completed and the share purchase agreement was cancelled. The transaction was subject to regulatory approval by New Zealand authorities, which could not be obtained in the required timeframe. Sulzer continues to pursue the strategic development of its Applicator Systems division, as demonstrated with the recently completed acquisition of Transcodent. sulzer.com To have a news item considered, please send the information to Georgia Duke, email@example.com. 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