Movers and Shakers
Jul. 27, 2015 - Lafert North America — a Mississauga, Ont.-based supplier of metric motors, gearboxes and pumps — has appointed Ken Clune to the position of national director of sales.
Jul. 21, 2015 - Bill Hewitson has been promoted to president of Ruland Manufacturing after serving as vice-president of operations for the previous eight years. He is the third president in the company’s history and succeeds Bob Ruland who will continue to oversee the company as chairman.
Jul. 14, 2015 - After serving Mitutoyo Canada for 27 years, Jay Summers, executive vice president, has announced he will take retirement starting June 30, 2015. His role will be transitioned to Peter Detmers (photo) who has been with Mitutoyo Canada since 1991 and became vice president in 2012.
Jun. 10, 2015 - The Manufacturing Institute awarded Amy Lakin, executive vice-president supply chain for Baldor Electric Company, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. The STEP Ahead Award honours women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C-suite.
Jun. 10, 2015 - John Raynor, president of Manufacturers Automation Inc. (MAPP), is announcing Andy Tod is returning to the firm as sales manager. Tod has been involved with various electrical distributors over the past decade and has “acquired a wide knowledge of the workings of the automation industry,” said Raynor.
Jun. 5, 2015 - Omron’s Automation and Safety business in the Americas is welcoming Robert (Robb) M. Black to the position of president and COO. He brings with him an “extensive background” in industrial automation and experience from leadership positions at Honeywell, Turck and Rockwell Automation.
May 26, 2015 - FreePoint Technologies has been awarded the 2015 Techcellence Award for Innovation, an annual award presented by TechAlliance to a company in Southwestern Ontario that “develops new technologies that change the way business is done, or uses technology to solve an existing problem in an innovative way.”
May 19, 2015 - Eisele Connectors — a subsidiary of Eisele Pneumatics GmbH & Co. KG, a supplier of all-metal connectors — is actively expanding into the North American market, naming its first sales director for the region.
May 4, 2015 - Vinesh Kumar is joining Carlo Gavazzi as an account manager for the Alberta region, bringing with him more than a decade of sales experience in automation and electrical products.
May 4, 2015 - Effective July 1, 2015, Paul Cooke (left in photo) has been appointed regional president Americas and president & CEO of Bosch Rexroth U.S. He will continue as senior vice-president sales within the business unit industrial applications at office headquarters in Lohr, Germany, until the end of June.
Apr. 14, 2015 - Omega Plastics, a producer of custom thermoplastic extruded products, has appointed Scott Gardner to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
April 14, 2015 - Global automotive supplier Denso has announced changes to its North American executive management team, which the company says supports its expansion and growth in the region.
Apr. 9, 2015 - Schneider Electric announced today that Juan Macias has been named its Canada president, reporting to Laurent Vernerey, North American president and CEO. In his new role as country president, he will “continue to elevate Schneider Electric’s presence in Canada as a leader in energy management and automation solutions,” said the company.
Mar. 31, 2015 - EOS, a global manufacturer for high-end additive manufacturing solutions, has named Glynn Fletcher president of EOS North America.
Mar. 12, 2015 – Craig McDonnell has been named vice-president and general manager of the automation and control business within TE Industrial. In his new role, McDonnell is responsible for the business globally, and will report to Thomas Schmidt, TE Industrial president.

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