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“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.
KME and dealer Cascade Fire and Safety have been awarded a five-year contract for multiple pumpers by the City of Vancouver, WA.
Winkler, Vancouver’s emergency equipment supervisor, said, “We were very impressed with the KME facility, and the workmanship and quality of their products. We are happy to partner with KME and Cascade Fire and Safety on the apparatus contract.”
The first pumper will be a KME Predator with seating for six, external EMS cab compartment access, 450-hp engine and dual secondary braking with a transmission retarder. The pumpers include a 1,250-gpm pump and 500 gallons of water.
Also, KME and Tennessee dealer NAFECO have received a contract for a 101-foot, tractor-drawn AerialCat ladder by the City of Nashville Fire Department. The tiller will include a KME Predator MFD cab with seating for six and an EMS compartment. The KME 101-foot ladder includes a pre-piped waterway with a 1,500-gpm rating and a 2.5:1 structural safety factor based on an NFPA 500-pound-rated tip load. The apparatus is scheduled for completion and delivery in the spring of 2014.
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.”