W&O Supply, a supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings and valve automation services, has
restructured the company to form the Engineered Products and Automation
(EP/A) Division. The restructuring emphasizes core strengths, streamlines
operations and adds technical expertise and service support to the company's
client base and 14 branch network. Newly promoted or hired to lead the EP/A
Division are Jim Baur, Fred Loomis, Edmon "Gus" Bell, Donna West and Steve
Jim Baur, former general manager of the Automation Division, has been
promoted to lead the new EP/A Division. Baur will also concentrate on
building market share within the oil and gas industry as well as the cruise
market segment. Fred Loomis, who led the Engineering Products Division, will
manage special projects on a nationwide basis and serve as a sales and
project manager for Northeast and Great Lakes customers.
The company recently hired a nationally recognized industrial and marine
automation veteran, Edmon "Gus" Bell, to lead its Automation Product Group.
With 35 years of valve automation experience and a wealth of industry
knowledge, Bell will continue to develop W&O Supply's automation portfolio
as well as define automation systems and equipment for clients. He has
worked in management at QTRCO, AMRI, Bray Valve & Controls and Emerson Valve
Automation (Bettis) throughout his career.
"This world-class team has outstanding awareness about the complex valve
automation and engineered products industries," said David Turner, CEO of
W&O Supply. "Their technical capabilities and vast experience will richly
benefit customers, naval architects, engineering firms and approval
societies around the world. They move us toward our goal of becoming the
premier global provider of total piping solutions in the marine industry."
Additionally, Donna West has been hired as an automation engineering
specialist. West will use her extensive automation expertise to assess
client needs, develop and package automation systems, provide technical
assistance, manage orders and track production and delivery on budget and on
schedule. West is also responsible for leading W&O Supply
expansion activities into the industrial and wastewater markets.
Steve Hartsaw has also been promoted to sales engineer overseeing the
engineered products side of the business. Leveraging 27 years of experience
and a background in product application, Hartsaw will work with engineering
departments to recommend and install innovative products that help clients
save time and money in their new construction and repair work. He will also
oversee the training initiatives that help workers effectively operate those
products. Previously, he assisted shipyards and ship owners to identify
emerging technologies in the marine industry.