Suppliers Update

by Teresa Acklin
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Mike Hendley promoted at Buhler Inc.

   MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Buhler Inc., recently announced that Mike Hendley was promoted to group vice-president effective Jan. 1. Mr. Hendley has full responsibility for the newly formed Protech Division, which handles the non-food activities of grinding and dispersion, mechanical conveying and drying and solid stating of plastic.

   Mr. Hendley has been with Buhler Inc. for 20 years and most recently held the position of director of engineering of all of Buhler's food and non-food divisions.

Cattron establishes subsidiary in Africa, names general manager

   JOHANNESBURG, AFRICA— The Cattron Group Inc., Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, U.S., announced plans for a move that company officials say will strengthen their ability to serve Africa's diverse industrial markets.

   The company, Cattron Africa (Pty.) Limited, will sell, install and provide technical support for the Cattron line of portable remote control products, which are used in a variety of industries, including material handling, grain processing and port facilities. Portable remote controls control industrial equipment such as overhead cranes, grainloaders and rail switches.

   L. Ivan Lategan was appointed general manager of the subsidiary. Mr. Lategan has an electro-mechanical and management background and more than 10 years of experience in the sales and service of electric overhead traveling cranes and other industrial equipment.

Sangati America moves to new location

   LENEXA, KANSAS, U.S. — Sangati America Inc. recently relocated its Kansas City area operation to the Brookhollow Business Park in Lenexa, a suburb of Kansas City.

   Ben Ross, president and general manager, said the space available at the former location in Kansas City was inadequate for the growing needs of the business. The new location, he said, will allow the company to expand its activities both in terms of personnel and spare parts inventory.

   Currently, work is in progress at the company on two major U.S. project contracts: at the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, site of ADM Milling Co.; and at Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, for the Amber Milling Co. operation of Harvest States Cooperatives. Both contracts will be completed during 1998.

The GSI Group Inc. announces personnel appointments

   ASSUMPTION, ILLINOIS, U.S.— The GSI Group Inc. recently announced the appointments of several key individuals in its Grain Systems and International divisions.

   Tom Miller has been appointed product engineer for material handling. Mr. Miller's responsibilities include the design of commercial duty bucket elevators and conveyors.

   Michael Eastin was named sales manager of the material handling division, where he is responsible for sales and marketing.

   In GSI's International Division, Jacque Nation has been promoted to accounts representative, responsible for order processing for the South Africa territory. Also in the International Division, Susan Rich has been promoted to operations supervisor. Her responsibilities include overseeing the functions of sales coordination and administration and customer service. She will maintain shared responsibility as sales coordinator for East Asia.

   Dick McInturf has been named operations manager for the International Division, where his responsibilities include internal sales estimates and sales coordination. Also in that division, Wendell Cole has been appointed as civil engineer, Shannon Smith has been named traffic and administrative manager, and Bob Simmons has been appointed electrical design manager.

Sparks Companies, Inc. appoints transportation research analyst

   MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, U.S. — Sparks Companies, Inc. recently announced that Jay Jianqiang Lou has joined the company as research analyst, with responsibilities primarily in the transportation area.

   Previously, Mr. Lou was a research assistant at North Dakota State University, U.S., where he conducted grain-based food industry market research, established a data bank for major rice-producing and trading countries and conducted analyses on the trade flow between the major grain exporting countries and Southeast Asia. Mr. Lou also served as a Chinese market consultant for the National Sunflower Association, where he evaluated Chinese sunflower and other oilseed production and processing potential.

   Prior to his work in the U.S., Mr. Lou taught agricultural economics, statistics and quantitative analysis at Zhejiang Agricultural University in Hangzhou, China.

Frederik Mogensen AB names managing director

   HJO, SWEDEN — Frederik Mogensen AB, a supplier of screening technologies for the international food and animal feed industries, has named Per-Olof Rengstedt as managing director.

   Mr. Rengstedt's previous position was as local manager with Parker Hannifin's VOAC Hydraulics division. He succeeds Peder Mogensen, who had been the company's managing director since 1969.