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MANUFACTURERS - OCTOBER 2015

London Machinery Inc., has extended its Con-E-Co dealer network from Eastern Canada to all Canadian provinces and territories, most recently through a new parts branch in St. Albert, Alberta. Since 2007, the manufacturer has been the exclusive dealer of Con-E-Co portable and stationary batch plant products in Eastern Canada, positioning staff with experience and expertise to serve customers in points west.

“We realize that batch plants can be an essential part of a job’s success, especially now as the construction and ready mix industries continue to grow and evolve,” says London Machinery Vice President and General Manager Bob Monchamp. “We recognize the crucial need for this extended dealer network so that we are prepared to meet the needs of our customers.”

Cemen Tech, has announced a partnership with Home Base Iowa and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), committing to hiring veterans who are transitioning out of service and back to civilian life over the next three years. The company will look to veterans to fill roles in engineering, finance, supply, clerical, and manufacturing at its headquarters in Indianola, Iowa, where it produces mobile and stationary concrete mixing systems and silos, including equipment the U.S. armed forces use to rebuild the infrastructure around the world.

“Cemen Tech recognizes the significant contribution veterans make to our country and we are honored to be part of Home Base Iowa and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” says CEO Connor Deering. “Veterans exhibit strong leadership skills, integrity and loyalty. Their work ethic is an ideal fit with our company’s core values.”

37 Covestro 400Bayer MaterialScience, whose polymer technology supports polyaspartic-based coatings for concrete, rigid foam insulation and other construction product offerings, has transitioned to Covestro AG, a legally and economically independent, but wholly owned Bayer AG subsidiary. Both businesses are based in Leverkeusen, Germany.

“Independence will enable us to bring our strengths to bear in global competition more quickly, effectively and flexibly,” says Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas. Toward a new vision, “To make the world a brighter place,” he adds, Covestro will inspire innovation and drive growth “through profitable technologies and products that benefit society and reduce environmental impacts.”

Beyond construction, Covestro supplies such key industries as automotive, electronics, furniture, sporting goods and textiles. With its products and applications solutions, the company is targeting major global challenges, from resource depletion, increasing mobility and urbanization to population growth and demographic change. Products include raw materials for premium polyurethane foam, in flexible or rigid form; high-performance polycarbonates; and, specialty chemicals, including raw materials for coatings, adhesives and films.

Eaton Corp. has named Pavan Pattada president, Vehicle Group, North America, reporting to Group President Ken Davis. Pattada most recently served as president, Truck North America, Vehicle Group, and will be based in Galesburg and Southfield, Mich. He joined Eaton in 2002 as the director of global sourcing for Corporate Supply Chain Management, was named general manager of the Truck business in India in 2005, and in 2009 became director of operations for Truck, North America. Prior to his most recent position with Eaton, Pattada was the vice president of business development for the Industrial Sector.

Morgenthaler Private Equity, Boston, has announced a recapitalization of Polytek Development Corp., an Easton, Pa., manufacturer of liquid mold rubbers and casting plastics. Its proprietary chemicals yield flexible molds for highly-detailed, complex objects in a variety of industrial and consumer applications, including precast or cast-in-place concrete. MPE partnered in the transaction with existing shareholders and the senior management team, including the retiring David Salisbury, transitioning from president to chairman.

Minneapolis-based Donaldson Company, Inc. has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Engineered Products Company, a leading designer and manufacturer of indicators, gauges, switches and sensors for engine air filtration and liquid filtration systems. Founded in 1977 and based in Waterloo, Iowa, Engineered Products is especially known for its Filter Minder brand of products connecting air and fuel filtration systems to measure, indicate and predict remaining filter life.

“The acquisition supports our strategy of technical leadership in filtration products for both our OEM Customers and their end users of our filters,” says Donaldson Senior Vice President for Engineered Products Tom Scalf.