Industry News: Feb. 6, 2018

Here's a quick roundup of recent industry news. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more.

Industry News: Feb. 6, 2018

Nathan Uphus

Felling Trailers names new sales manager
Felling Trailers announced Nathan Uphus as its new sales manager. He joined the company in June of 1999 and progressed through various production and sales positions. Most recently, he was a territory manager in Tennessee, where he helped expand the dealer network in the Southeast. As sales manager, he will relocate back to Minnesota to take an active part in day-to-day operations at the company’s Sauk Centre headquarters.

Vanair announces new inside sales and customer service manager
Vanair announced Bill Lieske as its new inside sales and customer service manager. He comes to Vanair with 17 years' experience in providing customer support for an international inside sales department. Lieske will supervise the company’s inside sales and customer service division.

Core & Main announces organizational changes
Core & Main announced organizational changes to enhance customer value and accelerate company growth. Steve LeClair is the new CEO of the stand-alone entity, formerly HD Supply Waterworks. He will oversee the waterworks and fire protection businesses with over 246 branch locations and 3,000 associates across the country.

Also, Jack Schaller has been named president of the waterworks business, Brad Cowles was appointed COO of Core & Main and president of the fire protection business, and Laura Schneider was promoted to chief human resources officer, with additional responsibility for marketing, communication and Total Rewards. Vice President and CFO Mark Witkowski will assume increased responsibility for the IT department and General Counsel and Secretary Mark Whittenburg will assume all legal, contractual and compliance responsibilities.

Valley Industries acquires Comet USA 
Valley Industries, based in Paynesville, Minnesota, announced it has acquired Comet USA, a distributor of industrial high-pressure plunger pumps and accessories. Comet, based in Burnsville, Minnesota, will now be known as Comet Industrial Pump Division.

VersaFlex and Raven Lining Systems merge
VersaFlex and Raven Lining Systems announced that the two companies merged effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new company plans to expand and build on the combined expertise in polyurea, polyurethane, epoxy and cementitious technologies.


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