places and faces march 2015At the AHR Expo in Chicago in late January, Evapco Inc., Taneytown, Md., introduced its AXS, the company’s only open cooling tower to utilize crossflow technology. With a CTI-certified capacity range of 312 to 1,148 nominal tons, the AXS is equipped to perform efficiently in high-load conditions while utilizing a minimal footprint. The AXS line includes 20 models.
     In other company news, earlier in January, Evapco acquired majority ownership of Semco Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Division, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now operating under the name Evapco Semco Equipamentos de Refrigeração Ltda, the new company retains its current staff, and Jose Alignani Neto continues as CEO.

Bry-Air Inc., Sunbury, Ohio, updated its website with new features, including a responsive design that allows users of mobile devices and tablets to view content optimized to those devices. Other features include live chat, an in-depth educational library and applications-specific information. The company also repositioned its brand as providing “Total Environmental Conditioning Solutions.”

Andreas Riesch is the new director of sales for Bitzer in Germany and Switzerland, taking over for Albrecht Höpfer, who retired at the end of 2014. Riesch has been working in technical sales for Bitzer in Germany and Switzerland since 2006.

Cryocomp Inc., a California-based supplier of cryogenic valves, was acquired by Cryofab Inc., Kenilworth, N.J.. The new company will retain the Cryocomp Inc. name as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cryofab. Cryofab design and supply of cryogenic dewars, storage vessels and transfer systems for the industrial gas, semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries.

Baltimore-based Danfoss named Joseph Rich as senior director of sales and marketing, North America. Rich will focus on growing the company’s VLT Drives business in the North American market.
  In other company news, Danfoss, named Sean Kurtz general manager and director of operations for its compressor manufacturing facility in Arkadelphia, Ark. The facility engineers and manufactures variable-speed commercial compressors as well as fractional- and full-horsepower condensing unit products for the global market.

Ed Purvis, head of Emerson Climate Technologies for the past seven years, was named COO for the parent company in St. Louis. Taking his place at Emerson Climate Technologies, which is headquartered in Sidney, Ohio, is Robert T. (Bob) Sharp, a 19-year veteran with Emerson. Purvis has served as executive vice president and business leader for Emerson Climate Technologies since 2008. He began his Emerson career in 1983 at the Copeland business unit.

The board of directors of Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin Corp. elected company veterans Thomas L. Williams as CEO and Lee C. Banks as president and COO, each effective February 1. Donald E. Washkewicz, who served as CEO since 2001, chairman of the board since 2004 and president since 2006, will continue as chairman of the board to allow for a smooth transition of his responsibilities. Williams and Banks have also been elected as members of the board of directors.

A manufacturer of heat pump water heaters for industrial and commercial applications, Colmac WaterHeat, Colville, Wash., promoted Kendra Phillips to office manager.

Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power broke ground for its headquarters at the Dubai World Central (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 430,556 ft2 (40,000 m2) will serve as the worldwide hub for the global provider of temporary power solutions and will house the head office, asset monitoring and control center, training facilities, equipment servicing  and recreational areas.