Industry News 5/13

GLOBE , DUPONT and the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL (NVFC) have teamed up once again to provide new gear to volunteer fire departments in need. The application period is now open for eligible departments to apply for up to four sets of gear. Up...


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Pierce has developed a comprehensive list of vehicles – including pumpers, rescues, tankers, aerials and wildland trucks – that can be ordered through the program. Fire and Safety Services has posted component lists for all available vehicles at www.f-ss.com.

 

WATERWAY INC., a fire hose and ground ladder testing company, has welcomed Bob Cowan and Jim Ford as its newest northern New Jersey franchisees.

Cowan, who holds a bachelor of science degree from Jersey State College, recently retired as a battalion chief in the Elizabeth Fire Department, where he served 31 years. His last assignment was as head of the Training Division. Ford who, until recently ran his own inspection company, Amspec LLC, has 35 years of experience in industrial testing.

The addition brings the number of Waterway franchisees to 18, distributed throughout the Eastern Seaboard, the Midwest, Texas, Florida and New Mexico.

 

INVISTA has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., associated intellectual property (including the TECGEN brands) and a manufacturing operation in Texas.

“INVISTA has an aggressive growth strategy that includes identifying new business opportunities to allow us to continue building a product portfolio that delivers value to customers,” said Jeff Brown, executive vice president, INVISTA Performance Materials. “The TECGEN flame-resistant brands have quickly gained trust in the marketplace, and by coupling that expertise with INVISTA’s existing global workwear capabilities, we have high expectations for the specialized garment segment.”

The acquisition includes two flame-resistant brands: TECGEN Select clothing developed for manufacturing, transportation, mining, oil and gas, and energy utility operations; and TECGEN Xtreme, NFPA/UL-certified, lightweight apparel that repels moisture and designed for firefighters for wildland and technical rescue applications. The brands will fall under INVISTA’s existing Performance Materials business segment, which includes the CORDURA fabric brand.

 

R•O•M CORP. has hired Don Fishel as vice president of sales and marketing. Fishel has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and industry. Most recently, he was the senior director of sales and marketing strategy for Commercial Vehicle Group Inc.

“Don has a proven track record of driving change and growth. He understands the results we’re looking for and has a great vision of how we can take R•O•M to the next level,” CEO Jeff Hupke said. “His well-rounded background in sales, engineering and marketing are a great fit for ROM and will help us continue to drive year-over-year growth during difficult economic times.”