People and Places


Con-Space Communications Ltd. announced the appointment of Gordon E. Cook as the company's new president. He has served on the Con-Space board of directors since 2004 and replaces Michael Thirlwell, who recently resigned.

“I am very pleased to introduce Gord as the new president of our company,” said Con-Space CEO Terence A. Ibbetson. “[He] comes to our company with a breadth of knowledge and experience.”

Jackson Safety

Jackson Safety announced the closure of its Fenton, Mo., manufacturing and distribution center effective April 1, 2008. The products currently distributed out of the Fenton facility will be transferred to Jackson's main manufacturing and distribution complex in Belmont, Mich.

“This decision will improve customer service by enabling our distributor and wholesale partners to receive their order on one shipment compared to two today,” said Thomas Burns, president and CEO. “The corporate functions, sales, marketing and customer service will remain in Fenton, to capitalize on the high quality employment pool within the St. Louis area.”

Industrial Scientific

Industrial Scientific Corp. appointed Justin McElhattan to the position of president and COO. McElhattan will be responsible for integrating and growing the corporation's worldwide gas monitoring business. The company also announced that Dan Timco was promoted to the new position of global director of operational excellence. Timco will work to integrate best practices including lean manufacturing and Six Sigma to improve all areas of operations.

“The formation of the operational excellence team reinforces our commitment to deploying best practices globally to ensure highest quality and best customer service,” McElhattan said. “The team's focus is to institutionalize standard business practices and create a culture of continuous improvement.”


MedAssets Supply Chain Systems renewed its contract with glove manufacturer Sempermed USA for its complete line of examination gloves. The multi-year agreement began January 1, 2008 and includes a variety of Sempermed's latex, vinyl, powder-free and nitrile gloves. “Sempermed and MedAssets Supply Chain Systems have had tremendous growth in the acute care marketplace in the past several years,” said Marc Montalto, Sempermed's director of acute care. “Our new relationship will provide the product quality, service levels and implementation programs that will continue to drive this growth while providing value to MedAssets' customers.”


WorkCare regrets to announce the passing of Vice President Dr. M. Donald Whorton. Whorton was an internationally recognized occupational health physician whose groundbreaking research established that the male reproductive system could be adversely affected if exposed to certain pesticide chemicals. As a direct result of his research in the late 1970s, protecting workers from occupational disease or injury became a prominent public health issue, prompting state legislators to take action.

3M Welding Helmet Wins Design Award

The 3M Speedglas SL (Super Light) welding helmet and Auto-Darkening Filter (ADF) was the recent recipient of an international Red Dot Design Award. 3M's new helmet, which is 25 percent lighter than its current products, features a lighter ADF made by using a new liquid crystal cell design and lighter-weight materials. The ADF can be used with all arc-welding processes

“We did a user study and found that 92 percent of those asked ranked lighter weight as their top priority for new product development,” said Derek Baker, market development manager of 3M Welding.

Scott Technologies Foundation

The Scott Technologies Foundation of Scott Health and Safety recently donated $10,000 to the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF)'s general scholarship endowment. AIHF is a nonprofit organization formed by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to award scholarships to students studying industrial hygiene. Since 1982, AIHF has distributed more than $900,000 to 356 students at more than 45 different schools and universities.

“We commend the efforts, dedication, and achievements of AIHF,” said Mike Ryan, vice president and general manager of Scott Health and Safety. “We hope that our contribution to the General Scholarship Endowment can further support scholarships at a national level.”

John B. Henry & Assoc. Acquires Kinetix

Kinetix, an award-winning fire and safety company that helps protect high-profile government buildings such as Independence Hall and the U.S. Holocaust Museum, was acquired by Media, Pa.-based John B. Henry & Assoc. Inc. John B. Henry is a full-service project management and consulting firm that provides “green” building engineering and design, specializing in state and federal work.

“Joining John B. Henry gives us a strong entrée into the federal sector based on their certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business status,” says Nicholas J. Plante, Kinetix president. “We are now aligned with a company filled with deep executive talent that we can draw upon as we continue to grow.”


Bullard announced that Debbie Kenny has been hired as vice president of marketing and sales. Kenny brings decades of management experience in sales , market research, product development and strategic planning to the position. At Bullard, she will champion the Bullard brand and work to identify new and improved products and services while enhancing relationships with distributors.

“Debbie's 30 years of marketing and sales management experience, combined with her high levels of energy and creativity, will serve us well as we introduce new products and programs to our distributors and customers,” said Bullard President and CEO Rick Miller.

LaCrosse Footwear

Portland, Ore.-based LaCrosse Footwear Inc., a leading provider of the Danner and LaCrosse brands, announced three company salesman of the year awards for 2007 at the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas.

Ken Blanco of Ahead of the Curve agency received the Overall Salesman of the Year award as an exceptional contributor to the company's success and growth for the two brands in 2007 throughout the company's Washington and Alaska territories. John Ager of Heartland Sales and Associates Inc., whose territory spans the Midweset through Illinois and Iowa, was selected as salesman of the year for the Lacrosse brand. And Morris Swarts of S&R Outdoors was named salesman of the year for his performance in Alabama and Georgia for the Danner brand.

“These awards are a reflection of the high level of teamwork, dedication and the continued commitment to the industry,” said Matt Johnson, director of sales for LaCrosse Footwear.

Ansell Interactive Safety Game

The Ansell U Challenge, an interactive cut protection selection game that can be played for free at, advances players through an automotive plant scenario. Players choose gloves from a variety of options and see how many pieces of metal the virtual worker can stamp without experiencing an injury. Each glove option is accompanied by cut protection levels and ratings indicating dexterity, abrasion and puncture resistance, and dry and oil grip.

“The U Challenge employs the hottest gaming technology to help players understand the importance of selecting the proper cut protection for every situation,” said Keitha Kessler, marketing manager of Ergo Products. “Players will find the game challenging and interesting as they work through the scenario.”

CCHEST 2008 Officers

The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) board of directors announced the following officers for 2008: Kevin Moorhead, safety director at the Korte Co., president; Rick P. Callor, director of safety training for the Washington Division of URS Corp., vice president; and Gustavo J. Garcia, director of operations/business development for Total Safety Consulting, secretary-treasurer.


Pennsylvania-based FrenchCreek Production Inc., an independently owned and operated manufacturer of fall arrest and rescue/recovery systems, recently celebrated its 15th year of business, marking a decade and a half of designing, manufacturing, testing, training and selling specialized safety equipment.


The board of directors at Bowyer-Singleton Assoc., one of the largest surveying and mapping firms in Florida, appointed William Hinkle as an associate. Hinkle has more than 27 years experience in surveying and mapping.

Bower-Singleton also announced that Laurie Elder, one of the firm's landscape architects, recently was accredited by the United States Green Building Council following completion of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) exam.

ZOLL-Laerdal Licensing Agreement

ZOLL Medical Corp., Laerdal Medical AS and its U.S. subsidiary, Laerdal Medical Corp., announced they have entered into a technology licensing agreement. The agreement allows ZOLL to license to Laerdal non-exclusive worldwide rights to patents covering feedback in connection with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Laerdal also grants ZOLL options to license similar rights under patents owned by Laerdal.


California-based PlantCML, a leader in telecommunications solutions for mission-critical call centers, named Jeroen de Witte the company's new vice president of research and development. He will oversee the design, development and quality assurance activities for all of Plant- CML's public safety solutions, as well as work with key groups inside the company to drive future product enhancements.

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