Recent hires and promotions
Ryan T. Smith, PE, has been named Dallas office manager for Alpharetta, Ga.-based infrastructure engineering company MACTEC . Smith joined the company in 2002, most recently serving as senior engineer on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge project.
Newburyport, Mass.-based Ferraz Shawmut has named Fred Rampone vice president of distributor sales, and Stephen Reynolds vice president of strategic accounts. In addition, the firm has given Nicholas Carter , PhD—vice president of training for Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Solar Staffing —a $300 gas card?for successfully taking the online Protection Intelligence Quotient quiz.
Ruskin —a company that manufacturers HVAC products—has promoted Dan Rellihan to director of marketing. Rellihan is a 24-year industry veteran who has been with the company since January 1994.
Nashville-based engineering design/consulting firm Smith Seckman Reid has appointed five people to serve in its new Kansas City, Mo., office: Darren Harvey , vice-president, principal-in-charge; Todd Moore , senior project manager and senior electrical engineer; Jeffery Miller , project manager and electrical engineer; Adam Zorn , project manager and electrical engineer; and Ronald Swopes , electrical designer.
Michelangelo Neri has been named division country director in the United Arab Emirates for Thales , a mission-critical systems provider.
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Annual Salary Survey
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.