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Brian Hickey , account manager at Moisture Control Services , a division of Munters AB, Stockholm, has been certified as a LEED Accredited Professional. Hickey joined the company in 2006 and is based in the Orlando, Fla., office. He has 23 years of experience in the construction industry. Selkirk Corp. , Stoney Creek, Ontario, announced the following appointments: Tim Rothgeb will assume the position of vice president-sales for the United States; John Vukanovich will assume the role of vice president-marketing; and Bob Emmell , vice president-sales for Selkirk Canada will add Canadian Commercial sales to his territory. Active Power , Austin, Texas, renewed its global distribution agreement with Caterpiller . The 3-year contract is similar to terms and conditions to the previous agreement, but includes new products, operational processes, and pricing. As part of the distribution agreement, Caterpillar will continue to market Active Power products under the Caterpillar brand and as a complement to its own product line. Cory Thiel joined WAGO Corp. , Germantown, Wis., as product manager-interconnect. Thiel will oversee terminal blocks and connectors, pluggable PCB connectors, wall-nuts, lever-nuts, and plug-in connectors.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.