Central McGowan makes three acquisitions in 2021


Central McGowan, a supplier of gases and equipment for the manufacturing, welding and medical industries in the upper Midwest, and a Fanuc- and Lincoln-authorized integrator, completed the acquisition of Preferred Welder Sales, Mankato, Minn., bringing its acquisition roster for 2021 to three. The company acquired Metro Welding Supply, Minneapolis, in April, and Fessler Carbonic Gas,… Continued

K-TIG appoints new U.S. distributor


K-TIG appointed California-based arc welding system specialist MITUSA Inc. as a Tier 1 distributor to supply its integrated products across the United States and into Mexico. Adrian Smith, K-TIG managing director, said it is an “exciting growth opportunity” which could enable increased sales in the region. “MITUSA is a well-regarded welding automation company specializing in automated seamers,… Continued

IWDC presents top award


Dave Ungru, Koehler Welding Supply Inc., was presented the Bob Jackson Memorial Award at the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) owners’ meeting in October. Ungru was recognized for his contributions to the IWDC, the industrial gas and welding industry, and the Madison, Ind., community. Bob Jackson played an integral part in the formation of the… Continued

Snow receives resistance welding award

TJ Snow

Tom Snow, chairman of T. J. Snow Co., received the Elihu Thomson Resistance Welding Award at Fabtech 2021 in Chicago. The award was presented by the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA). It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the technology and application of the resistance welding process, which was invented in the late… Continued

Recognitions for UR’s education programs

Universal UR

Two recent endorsements of Universal Robots (UR) products and educational curriculum were awarded by the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM) and the State of Ohio’s Department of Education to pave the way for schools and industry to further leverage cobots. UR is the first robotics manufacturer to be selected for ARM’s new endorsement program… Continued

Harry Moser inducted to AME Hall of Fame

Harry Moser

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) inducted Harry Moser, president of the Reshoring Initiative, into the AME Hall of Fame during its 2021 international conference. The AME Hall of Fame recognizes industry thought leaders and influencers who support the values, principles and practices found within leading enterprise excellence organizations. “Lean/continuous improvement are keys to making… Continued

HGG appoints western sales manager

HGG Profiling Equipment appointed Brandon Welch western states sales manager. Welch will have responsibility for new machinery sales, as well as service and support for customers west of the Mississippi. He will also be actively involved in new business development and key account management. Welch will work out of HGG’s Houston headquarters. His background includes… Continued

Technical applications manager rejoins Weiler

Weiler Abrasives announced Pete Hutchinson rejoined the company as technical applications manager. “We are pleased to welcome Pete back to Weiler Abrasives,” said Scott White, director of product management. “In addition to his previous tenure as a product application engineer and manager, he is bringing several years of external project and product management to the… Continued

Praxair changes name to Linde Gas & Equipment

Linde announced that its U.S. distribution business, Praxair Distribution Inc., legally changed its name to Linde Gas & Equipment Inc. At the same time, Linde Gas North America LLC merged into the new company. The change capitalizes on the strength of the Linde name and aligns with the “one Linde” philosophy adopted when Linde AG… Continued

Airgas announces changes to executive team

Airgas Inc. named Marcelo Fioranelli chief executive officer. Fioranelli has nearly 30 years of experience in the industrial gas industry in countries such as the United States, Brazil and China, with specialization in strategy, general management and business development, with a focus on large industries, industrial merchant, electronics and healthcare. Also, Jay Worley was appointed… Continued

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