Industry Roundup: Patents, Awards and Acquisitions


MSP LLC , Centerport, N.Y., joined with Spain-based Domocal SL to create radiant cooling dehumidification using MSP chilled water dehumidifiers. MSP President Walter Stark said, “This is a great opportunity to showcase both our company and our technology. We are now seeking manufacturing partners in Europe as well as sales representatives in strategic European locations.”

Tom Pivovar has been named North American field service manager for Daikin AC (Americas) Inc. , Carrollton, Texas. In this position, Pivovar will lead field service operations for all Daikin residential and commercial HVAC systems for the United States and Canada. He has served the HVAC service industry for nearly 25 years.

Ferraz Shawmut , Newburyport, Mass., announced its Surge-Trap Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVSS) product line. The TVSS line is the only of its kind to feature a patented, thermally protected metal oxide varistor that does not require the use of additional overcurrent protection, the manufacturer says.

MGE UPS Systems , Costa Mesa, Calif., invested $1 million to expand its Customer Test Center. This facility, also to be located the company’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, will encompass more than 25,000 sq. ft. and include 28 test bays with total electrical capacity of 12 megawatts. “With 12 megawatts of power capacity, we can provide our customers with comprehensive testing of large three-phase UPS systems as well as test for complete operability with other critical power systems such as generators, power distribution units, static transfer switches and switching cabinets,” said Christian Madelon, vice president of operations for MGE UPS Systems.

Open Energy Corp ., Solana Beach, Calif., signed a contract to acquire privately held WaterEye Corp., Grass Valley, Calif., in an all stock transaction, worth approximately $3 million. Tom Wolfe, founder and president of WaterEye, joined Open Energy Corp.’s management as senior vice president of engineering and development.

Mark Loeper has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Creative Specialties International , a division of Moen Inc., North Olmsted, Ohio. Loeper previously served the company as vice president of sales, retail at Moen.

Hill PHOENIX , Conyers, Ga., is working with Food Lion LLC , a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. The supermarket chain will test and evaluate new refrigeration technologies that are environment friendly and offer sustainability benefits. Food Lion is evaluating the manufacturer’s Second Nature technologies in two Virginia stores, one in Dinwiddie and the other in Montpelier. The Dinwiddie store is testing a medium-temperature secondary coolant system that uses water and glycol to refrigerate products. The Montpelier store is testing a low-temperature system featuring carbon dioxide to refrigerate products.

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