PEOPLE: Moves at WK Dickson, KX, Earth Tech, Great Lakes, WAGO, LADWP

WK Dickson names Hilton Head branch manager; KX Industries promotes Caulfield to president/CFO; Great Lakes Chemical names new chairman, acting CEO, CFO; WAGO picks Cox as new regional sales manager; LADWP approves appointment of new general manager...

Branch manager named by WK Dickson for new Hilton Head office
CHARLOTTE, NC, Nov. 10, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WK Dickson & Co. Inc. has named Mark S. Tate, PE, as the branch manager for the newly established regional office in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Tate assumes responsibilities for developing new business in the region as well as expanding the local professional staff to better service the firm's coastal area clients.

Tate most recently served as the director of Utilities, Public Works, and Property Maintenance for the City of North Augusta, S.C. His experience includes design and project management of water and wastewater systems as well as utility design and construction for various major municipal and commercial projects throughout the southeast. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

Tate brings an impressive resume to contribute to the success and continued growth of the WK Dickson team. "With his results-oriented style, Mark will play an important role in the firm's continuing strategic expansion. His remarkable portfolio of work will help us serve our client's infrastructure needs better than ever before," said David Pond, WK Dickson's executive vice president and COO.

Tate has held senior-level management positions throughout his career. His involvement in the water resources field includes work as a private consultant as well as administrator of public works systems for municipalities in the southeast and midwest regions.

Tate is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri. He remains active in the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation, APWA Legislative Advocacy Task Force and the Legislative Review Committee of AWWA.

WK Dickson is a multi-disciplined consulting firm specializing in community infrastructure solutions including: Transportation Planning & Design; Environmental and Water Resources Engineering; Community Planning and Development; and Geospatial Technology. The firm has been based in Charlotte since 1929 and celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2004. They have grown to operate seven offices totaling nearly 200 employees strategically located throughout the southeast United States. The company maintains offices in Charlotte, Hickory, Raleigh and Wilmington, N.C.; Columbia and Hilton Head Island, S.C.; and Atlanta.


KX Industries promotes Caulfield to president/CFO
ORANGE, CT, Nov. 10, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KX Industries L.P., announced Nov. 1 that Donald Caulfield had been promoted to president and chief financial officer of the water filtration company.

"This is one of the most important appointments in the history of KX Industries, L.P.," stated Evan E. Koslow, Ph.D., CEO of KX Industries, L.P. "Don has a long history of significant contributions to our company, and is well positioned to lead us as we continue our unprecedented growth."

Caulfield has spent over ten years with KX Industries, L.P., assuming responsibilities over the years as Controller, General Manager, and Chief Financial Officer. "Our customers and our people drive our success in the marketplace," Mr. Caulfield stated. "We will continue to provide exceptional customer service and bring new products to market as we meet the challenges of growth in a truly global market."

KX Industries L.P. ( was originally a joint venture with Exxon Chemical Corp. founded in 1989. Today, it's a privately held company and a world leader in the production of consumer and light-industrial water filters. Its production facilities in Connecticut are the largest of their kind in the world. Production is primarily dedicated to custom-designed filters for OEM customers. The remaining production consists of a wide range of standard products sold through a network of master stocking distributors.


Earth Tech adds new executives to capitol area staff
LONG BEACH, CA, Nov. 9, 2004 -- Earth Tech Inc., a business unit of Tyco Engineered Products & Services, and a global provider of consulting, engineering and construction services, has appointed two new senior managers to its Capitol District office in Alexandria, Va.

Ken Vinson has been named vice president, senior environmental section manager of the Alexandria office. Vinson will also serve as program manager for three worldwide environmental consulting contracts for the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence and will lead the environmental technical practice in Earth Tech's Capitol District. Most recently, Vinson was operations manager for Earth Tech's Honolulu, Hawaii, office and program manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific Division (NAVFAC EFD Pacific) Comprehensive Long-Term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) II and III contracts. Vinson joined Earth Tech in 1993.

John Franz, vice president and operations manager, will be responsible for profit and loss responsibilities for the Alexandria office, which employs 120 employs people. Prior to joining Earth Tech, Franz served as vice president for Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure's Army programs in the northeast.

Earth Tech Inc. is a world-class provider of a full suite of engineering, construction and operations services to the global water/wastewater, environmental, transportation, and facilities markets. A business unit of Tyco Engineered Products & Services, Earth Tech employs more than 8,500 talented people, delivering services to customers in 17 countries. Founded in 1970, Earth Tech is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

Tyco International Ltd. ( is a global, diversified company that provides vital products and services to customers in five business segments: Fire & Security, Electronics, Healthcare, Engineered Products & Services, and Plastics & Adhesives. With 2004 revenues of $40 billion, Tyco employs 260,000 people worldwide


Great Lakes Chemical names new chairman and acting CEO
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Great Lakes Chemical Corp.'s Board of Directors elected Nigel D.T. Andrews to the position of non-executive chairman and named John J. Gallagher, III, acting chief executive officer. The announcements, effective immediately, follow the resignation of chairman and CEO Mark P. Bulriss for personal reasons. Bulriss joined the company in April 1998.

"Mark added tremendous value to the corporation by attracting a high caliber senior executive team and by leading the company through some difficult times," said Nigel Andrews. "He was instrumental in leading badly needed productivity improvements and rejuvenating our new product focus in our industrial businesses. We are all indebted to Mark for the personal contributions he made to the company."

Andrews also noted that a search for a new CEO is underway. "In the meantime, we have every confidence in John and the rest of the senior management team to effectively lead the Company through this transition."

Andrews, 57, has served on the Great Lakes board as an independent director since 2000, most recently as chair of the Compensation and Incentive Committee and as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. He's a veteran of the General Electric Co., holding senior executive roles in GE Plastics and GE Capital.

Gallagher, 40, joined Great Lakes in May 2001. Prior to joining Great Lakes, he was vice president and chief financial officer at UOP LLC, a $1.1 billion global joint venture of the Dow Chemical Company and Honeywell International, a position he held since 1999.

In addition, Jeffrey Potrzebowski, 51, Great Lakes' vice president for financial planning and investor relations, was named acting CFO. Potrzebowski joined Great Lakes in 1993 as director of internal audit and was named director of investor relations in 1996.

Great Lakes Chemical Corp. ( is a leading producer of certain specialty chemicals for such applications as water treatment, household cleaners, flame retardants, polymer stabilizers, fire suppression, and performance chemicals.


WAGO picks Cox as new regional sales manager
GERMANTOWN, WI, Nov. 3 2004 -- WAGO Corp. has added Jeff Cox to its staff as regional sales manager covering the area of southern Wisconsin. "Jeff is an excellent addition to the WAGO team and brings with him over seventeen years of experience in the automation industry," said Toby Thomann, WAGO national sales manager.

Cox joins WAGO after a career in providing front-line technical support, being a product specialist, sales representative, and more recently an account manager for Holt Electric. Combining his knowledge of the industry in the areas of industrial controls, PLC's, variable frequency drives, sensors, operator interfaces, HMI software and proximity switches, plus additional experience in enhancing long-term relationships with customers gives him a terrific background to offer dynamic technical support to customers within this region.

WAGO ( is the worldwide leader and innovator in spring pressure connection technology designed to eliminate loose wires as a result of vibration and temperature cycling, as well as provide a highly reliable, corrosion resistant, and maintenance-free connection. Our complete line of spring pressure connection products include DIN rail mount terminal blocks, chassis mount terminal blocks, PCB mount terminal blocks, relays, signal conditioners, power supplies, surge suppressors, the WAGO I/O SYSTEM and more.


LADWP approves appointment of city veteran as new general manager
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners voted to recommend approving appointment of Ron Deaton as general manager of the Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The city council will have 45 days from receipt of the board's action to confirm Deaton's appointment.

This appointment follows the resignation of David Wiggs. Wiggs, who had been on medical leave since February, announced his resignation on Oct. 28, effective Nov. 30.

LADWP Board President Dominick Rubalcava said, "We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to have Ron Deaton as general manager. His wealth of information, knowledge and background with the City, LADWP, and the City Charter will insure immediate success. I look forward to working together with him and facing the challenges ahead."

Deaton has served in the City's Chief Legislative Office since 1976. As chief legislative analyst, Deaton has been the legislative and financial advisor for the City Council since he assumed the top position in 1993. Leading a staff of 50 employees, Deaton provides analysis and recommendations to council on a broad spectrum of vital City issues. Under his leadership, the CLA office also has served as caretaker in five City Council Districts during periods when the elected offices were vacant.

"I am very pleased and honored by the action of the commission today and truly excited about the opportunity to lead the DWP," Deaton said. "It means a great deal to me to have the confidence of Mayor Hahn and the DWP Commission as we enter a new era of increasing community outreach, expanding renewable power resources, and meeting the growing demand for water resources. I look forward to a discussion of these and other LADWP issues with the members of the Los Angeles City Council and the Council's Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee as the confirmation process proceeds."

Deaton added, "On a personal note, I must say I love the City of Los Angeles -- and the most precious resource of the people of the City, the DWP."

If confirmed by the City Council, Deaton's career will come full circle with the appointment as LADWP general manager. He began his City career at the LADWP in 1965 in budget preparation and market research. From 1968 to 1976, Deaton worked in the City Administrative Office, where he was responsible for budget analysis, management audit teams and water and power analysis.

A graduate of California State University at Long Beach, with a bachelor's degree in economics, Deaton holds an MBA degree from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Ellery, whom he met at LADWP, reside in Seal Beach.

During today's Board meeting, Rubalcava thanked Henry Martinez, chief operating officer of the power system who most recently served as interim general manager. He also thanked Frank Salas, a 40-year veteran of LADWP who retired on Nov. 1, for serving as interim general manager earlier this year. "Henry and Frank are both owed a debt of gratitude for stepping in to lead the Department during a challenging period," Rubalcava said.


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