Recent promotions and hires
Houston-based Athens Group has announced two new members of its business development team. Tom Benwell is the new vice president of sales and business development and Judith Anderson is a senior client executive. Benwell is the former CEO of Argus Advisory Group, while Anderson was recently a director of sales programs and business development at Hewlett Packard.
Broughton, England-based Optima has announced Jackie Rutter as marketing manager. Rutter brings more than 10 years international experience in marketing advanced software products, consulting services, and turnkey engineering projects.
Mankato, Minn.-based MTU Onsite Energy has announced Todd Riemann as COO. Riemann will be responsible for production, purchasing, manufacturing, engineering, and order management, and will oversee 275 employees.
Aurora, Colo.-based Merrick & Co. has announced the hiring of two engineers, Brian Philippi , PE , and Christina Wisleder , PE . The two will be a part of Merrick & Co.'s engineering, architecture, design-build, surveying, and geospatial solutions team.
La Crosse, Wis.-based Michaels Engineering has announced the hiring of Andrew Szczepaniak and Donald Page to its Energy Efficiency Division team. Szczepaniak's most recent work experience includes internships with Johnson Controls and Weasler Engineering. Page has 25 years of experience, working for companies such as McDonnell Douglas, AlliedSignal, and Novar.
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.