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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Bob Barone (Photo: PDS)

Barone Named VP of Precision Drive Systems

of the company.   Barone brings a wealth of experience to PDS, including owning and operating an architectural millwork company, as well as holding product management and sales positions with Michael Weinig, Biesse America and Benz. His experience in wood, plastic and engineered composite manufacturing applications will be brought to bear assisting PDS customers with all of their spindle needs – both with new equipment and repair service. He will focus on opening up new markets for the extensive line of PDS products.  

Ville Parpala (Photo: The Switch)

Parpala Joins The Switch

 The Switch has recruited Ville Parpala as Director, Product Marketing, Marine Solutions, as it targets its ambition of achieving growth of 200 percent in the marine segment across the next five years. The firm, a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions, said it will leverage Parpala’s vast experience and contact book, to push its ability to deliver enhanced efficiency, cost savings and environmental performance to the shipping industry worldwide.    Parpala joins the Finnish headquartered business, part of the €3.3 billion ($3.9 billion)

Joe Kane (Photo: Klein Marine Systems, Inc.)

Klein Names Kane Director of Operations/Manufacturing

Joe Kane has joined Klein Marine Systems, Inc. as the company’s new director of operations and manufacturing. He will be  responsible for supply chain management, manufacturing and customer service for Klein's side scan sonar, bathymetry products and maritime security and surveillance systems.     Kane brings a broad range of manufacturing leadership experience to Klein, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc., having worked in various roles at leading electronic manufacturers.   Kane was previously the manufacturing manager, for L-3 Communications Maritime

L-R: Jeff Hubert, Ken Sahibs, John Ratto, Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler, Mike Hertweck, David Adams. (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Expanding Its Boat Building Facility

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has officially broken ground on a facility expansion at the company's Edgewater, Fla. headquarters. The addition includes a new large-boat building with added manufacturing space and other facility improvements. The new 10,500-square-foot facility will be located on the east side of the commercial boats manufacturing campus and will increase the company's manufacturing capacity by 50 percent.     "Today, by breaking ground on the BCGP facility expansion, we are greatly increasing our capabilities," said Boston Whaler

SBR Factory Jundiai

Sulzer Takes Measures in the Pumps Equipment Division

  Based on the current challenging environment in the oil and gas market, Sulzer decided to take measures to streamline the manufacturing capacities of its Pumps Equipment division. Since the beginning of 2015, Sulzer’s Pumps Equipment division has been organized in three market-oriented business units Oil and Gas, Power, and Water, a dedicated global Parts, Retrofit, and Nuclear Services organization, and a Global Operations network. With the new setup, the company targets to make better use of its capacity and improve quality. At the same time, the oil and gas market remains

Photo: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Mercury Marine is adding a 53,000 square foot manufacturing capacity expansion to its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisc. The expansion will consist of 45,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and an additional 8,000 square feet of office space. In addition, Mercury is investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to better streamline the manufacturing process and meet the growing demands in the marketplace. The new space will be completed in January, 2017.   “This is an exciting time for Mercury Marine,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “Demand

Image courtesy of MTU

MTU Launch Minnesota Youth Apprenticeship Program

Corp., a Rolls-Royce Power Systems company providing diesel and gas-based power system solutions, has announced the launch of a new youth apprentice program. Details as follows: The vocational training program is designed for high school juniors and seniors and will combine hands-on training in a manufacturing setting with classroom instruction. The program will begin this fall, in partnership with Mankato Area Public Schools, South Central College, Kato Cable, a full service cable assembly company, and EI Microcircuits, an electronics design and manufacturing company.
 The new youth apprenticeship

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

, add an onsite paint and blast facility, develop a new fabrication shop, expand machine shop operations, expand the assembly area and add a multitude of upgrades that will lend to the efficiency and precision of thruster production. An immediate benefit of the expansion is the hiring boost for the manufacturing sector of Houston’s economy as Thrustmaster expands its workforce to meet the growing needs of its global customer network, the company said. Thrustmaster opened its current 200,000 sqft (18,600 sq m) thruster factory with total in house fabrication, machining, assembly, inspection and

Photo: ATTC

ATTC Celebrates 75 Years

In 1940, Jack Walters, Sr. started manufacturing oxy-fuel cutting tips in a makeshift workshop in his home. As the demand for materials and manufacturing brought on by World War II increased, Walters started American Torch Tip Co. (ATTC) in a small, rented garage in Pittsburgh, Pa.   Seventy-five years later, ATTC’s manufacturing plant and headquarters now occupy approximately 72,000 sq. ft., spanning three buildings in Bradenton, Fla. There, the company produces about 20,000 parts, encompassing five welding technologies including Plasma, MIG, TIG, Oxy-Fuel and Laser. Distribution networks

Paul Smulders (Photo: Radio Holland)

Smulders Appointed CEO of Radio Holland

Radio Holland organization, renowned as specialist in NavCom and Maintenance in the global maritime industry.   In 2012 he left Radio Holland to become CEO at Netwave Systems B.V., manufacturer of maritime data collection systems. At Netwave Systems, Smulders gained experience at the manufacturing side, providing him in-depth insight in all matters related to manufacturing of navigational products. As a result, Smulders built up know-how and experience in managing manufacturing processes, including the involved sales and service aspects.    

Jim Koza (Photo: Lumitec)

Koza Joins Lumitec as Sales Director

Lumitec, designer and manufacturer of extreme environment LED lighting solutions, has appointed Jim Koza as Director of Sales at its R&D/manufacturing headquarters in Delray Beach, Fla.   In his new position, Koza will work closely with Lumitec’s Marketing Department, Account Management, and the company President to further strengthen relationships with current customers and cultivate new growth opportunities.   Koza brings to the role more than 20 years of sales experience in the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Prior to joining Lumitec, he held a National Director of

Team BCGP celebrates their safety milestone with an employee gathering last Friday, April 14th.  (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Celebrates 10-year Safety Milestone

a lost time incident for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP). BCGP's employees have worked 1,817,000 hours without a lost time incident and maintained a recordable incident rate of zero in 2016.   "This monumental milestone illustrates our dedication to safety and manufacturing excellence, said John Ratto, BCGP Director of Manufacturing and Plant Operations. "The safety and well-being of our employees is paramount as we strive every day to promote safety awareness and eliminate risks."   BCGP was also recently presented the Sustained Safety Performance

Brandon Reid (Photo: AdvanTec)

AdvanTec Hires Business Development Manager

of Brandon Reid to its business development Team.   Reid will assume the role of Business Development Manager, responsible for AdvanTec’s presence in Eastern Canada and the U.S.   Reid comes to AdvanTec from the marine equipment sales industry, previously working with Beclawat Manufacturing. He began his career in manufacturing before moving to sales and business development

Peter White (Photo: Freeman Marine)

Freeman Marine Hires Operations Manager

Freeman Marine, part of AdvanTec Global Innovations and manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial, military-grade marine doors, windows, hatches and port lights, has added Peter White to its operations management team at the Gold Beach manufacturing plant. White will be responsible primarily for cast and fabricated products among other projects in this role.    Dom DiDia, operations director for Freeman Marine, said, “Peter has a long, rich history in the marine industry and is well-versed with our solutions as an end user and a business client. Prior to joining Freeman Marine, Peter was

Raj Batra, president of Digital Factory for Siemens USA

Siemens' Batra Elected to the NEMA Board

on the Board of Governors during its recent annual meeting in San Diego. Batra will serve a two-year term expiring in 2016.  The Digital Factory division of Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products. “We are pleased to have Raj Batra join the NEMA Board of Governors and work with other leaders in the electroindustry during a period of

Photo: The Great Lakes Towing Company

Great Lakes Towing Hosts Networking Event

The Great Lakes Towing Company hosted a WIRE-Net networking event at Great Lakes Shipyard in order to celebrate manufacturing and innovation in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. More than 100 attendees gathered on the banks of the Cuyahoga River to connect with other manufacturing professionals, forge new relationships and continue to grow and strengthen the local manufacturing community. In addition to a cocktail reception, attendees received tours of the shipyard and detailed explanations of some of the new services/tools that Great Lakes Shipyard has added to their business offering. This included

Europe, China Economic News Challenges Shipping Demand

report on macro economics from BIMCO. Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, said, "Economic data coming in today dampens optimism for the Euro zone a bit. A lower of level of GDP growth and inflation is affecting shipping demand slightly negatively. However, the outlook for the manufacturing sector in the Euro zone continues to improve" EU reduces Euro growth forecast as inflation seen to slow Bloomberg reported, The European Commission trimmed its economic growth forecast for the Euro area and predicted low inflation to remain a threat to expansion for at least the next

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