Batzner joins Blancett
Michael Batzner has been named Sales Manager for the Blancett Flow Metering Equipment Division of Racine Federated Inc. Batzner will be responsible for all Blancett sales activities. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he has more than 35 years experience in sales and sales management in the retail, distribution and manufacturing industries.

Two promoted at Chemilizer
Chemilizer Products, Inc., a manufacturer of fluid injectors, has named two new operational managers. Wilma Pennino (left) has been named Inventory Control Manager and Shelly Remmel (right), Operations Manager. Remmel is an 11-year veteran of Chemilizer and established the first formalized system of inventory control and centralizing protocol for the company’s purchasing. She will be responsible for product quality, supplier relations and manufacturing efficiency. Pennino joined Chemilizer in 2003 as an Inventory Control Assistant. In her new role, she will be responsible for reducing the total cost of inventory, placing orders for new stock and maintaining sufficient stock on hand to meet the rapidly growing customer demand.  Both women will be based out of the company’s 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Largo, Fla.

New WQA education director
Tanya Lubner is the new Water Quality Association Director of Education. Lubner has a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and will be responsible for all WQA professional certification, distance education, education publications and state WQA educational liaison activities. She will also lead the WQA Aquatech USA and Mid-Year Leadership Conference education programs. Lubner’s most recent position was as a technical sales engineer for optical spectroscopy instrumentation.

Hancock joins LifeSource
LifeSource Engineering, Inc., a provider of customer water purification and wastewater treatment systems, has added John Hancock to the senior management team at their headquarters in Seminole, Fla. Hancock has assumed the role of Process Engineer and will oversee project engineering and management of the company’s environmental and industrial divisions.

Hague announces annual sweepstakes winner
Hague Quality Water International has awarded its annual customer appreciation sweepstakes $5,000 grand prize to Jeff Papineau of Lakeville, Minn. Papineau (who is pictured with his wife, Thora and their children, Matthew and Anna) had the opportunity to choose a John Deere tractor, Polaris ATV or the cash payout. He opted for the latter, as his family plans to build a new home shortly and will use the money toward the project, Papineau said. Hague began the national sweepstakes in 1997 and each year draws a single winner from a one-year pool of entrants.

B&H hires Prieto
B&H Labeling Systems has appointed Guillermo de la Fuente Prieto to the position of Mexico Parts Sales Manager. Based in the new B&H Labeling Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. office in Mexico City, he will manage the company’s new parts department to assure rapid delivery of spare parts to Mexican customers. De la Fuente Prieto holds a masters degree in marketing from Technologico de Mont-errey Campus Estado de Mexico and has over 10 years experience in sales and service, most recently as an associate with Grupo Vertigo.

Watts Pure Water adds two
Gene C. Shockley has joined Watts Pure Water, a division of Watts Water Technology as Vice President of Commercial Sales. Shockley will be managing the group responsible for selling the Pure Water line of commercial, industrial and residential water treatment products to the wholesale plumbing channel, OEMs and related industrial accounts. Prior to joining Watts, he was a Senior Account Manager at Harrington Industrial Products. Watts also promoted Mark Henss to Senior Account Manager. He will work with OEM and commercial/industrial companies seeking water treatment products. Henss has been with the firm for more than 10 years; most recently as Production Manager providing technical support to commercial and industrial accounts.

Thermax adds to U.S. staff
Thermax USA has named resin industry veteran Jim Sabzali General Manager of North America. Sabzali is a former Sales Manager of Dow Chemical’s resins and adsorbents division and was North American Sales and Marketing Manager for The Purolite Company. Other Thermax additions include new Sales Manager for the Eastern U.S. Cindy Gresham and new Sales Manager for the Central Midwestern States Nancy Gleasman. “These proven hires denote our renewed commitment to the U.S. as well as the entire North American market,” Sabzali says.


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