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Battenberg named Dan Wood Tech Manager
Dan Wood Quality Home Services has appointed Gary Battenberg, an industry veteran of 38 years, as Technical Manager, Water Department. His primary focus will be training personnel in water testing, application, installation and startup, as well as service/diagnostics and maintenance for the department. Battenberg will also be responsible for water system specification for commercial and problem water applications and will be mentoring 18 students through the WQA Modular Education Program. Previously, Battenberg was a Technical Support and Systems Design Specialist with the Fluid System Connectors Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation. His expertise includes the fields of domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment processes. Battenberg has worked in the areas of sales, service, design and manufacturing of water treatment systems and processes utilizing filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, reverse osmosis and ozone technologies. He may be reached by phone at (269) 329-0050 or by email, gary.battenberg@danwoodco.com.

Chew added to Clearwater team
Clearwater Systems has added Dave Chew as VP of Service. In this role, he will be leading the service and delivery teams, as well as managing the Service Selling initiative. Previously, Chew was with Parkson, where he was VP of Chemical and Separation Products. He brings 32 years of water treatment industry expertise, as well as experience working with Kinetico, where he held several positions (Process Engineer, Manager of Production Engineering, Manager of Technical Service and Director of Marketing). While with Fairmount Minerals, Chew led their water treatment sector when they acquired Macrolite from Kinetico. He received his chemical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 and his MBA from UC Berkley in 1999.

ACS members share Nobel Prize
American Chemical Society (ACS) President Bonnie Charpentier, PhD congratulated the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: John B. Goodenough, PhD, University of Texas at Austin; M. Stanley Whittingham, PhD, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Akira Yoshino, PhD, Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University (Japan). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.” Goodenough has been a member of ACS for 44 years. Whittingham has been a member of ACS for 46 years, and in the past has served as Chair of the Binghamton Local Section and on the Member Committee on the Petroleum Research Fund. Yoshino has been a member of ACS for eight years.

Industry mourns Matt Oleskow
Matthew Oleskow, age 83, of Andover, MN, passed away unexpectedly on October 30, at Benedictine Innsbruck Transitional Care Unit in New Brighton, MN. Born March 22, 1936 in Chicago, IL, to Matthew Oleskow, Sr., and Anna (Batiuk) Oleskow, he graduated from Farragut High School, joined the US Navy and served for eight years on the USS Yorktown (CVA-10) aircraft carrier, in the Sonar Department. He was also certified as an Electronics Technician Third Class during his tenure and served overseas. Oleskow was always proud of being a veteran and he never left home without wearing a Navy vet hat. He fell in love with flying during those years and later got his pilot’s license, which proved to be one of his happiest pastimes. Oleskow worked for several years at Martin Marietta Corporation in Florida, where he worked on the Pershing Missile Defense Program. After that, he joined Matt-Son, Incorporated, Plastics Manufacturing Company in Barrington, IL as Director of Production, then retired in 1998.
While married to Sylvia (Jennith) Melone, Oleskow was blessed with two daughters and the joys of grandchildren and great-grandchildren followed. In April 2001, he married Mary Fedor and developed a deep relationship with her children, considering them his own. Oleskow is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Brian Maguire. He is survived by his beloved Mary; children, Chris (Greg) Maguire and Teresa (Tom) Wood; step-children Bonnie (Bob) Alver, Nick (Brittany) Fedor and Beth Fedor; brother Robert (Diana) Oleskow; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of friends. There will be a private family memorial with a celebration of Oleskow’s life in the spring. Memorials can be sent to a veterans organization of choice or to the Gary Sinise Foundation, garysinisefoundation.org

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