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
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey