Industry News: November 2018

Catch up on the latest acquisitions, promotions and company milestones

Valley Industries names new Comet product manager
Pete Gustin was named Valley Industries’ new Comet product manager. He will be responsible for managing sales and product development for Comet pumps and accessories in North America. Gustin started working with Comet pumps in 1995 while working for his family’s business, UNICO Spray Products. UNICO merged with Valley Industries in 2010 and provided the support for Gustin to expand Comet diaphragm pumps into new industrial applications such as carpet cleaning, softwash, and liquid rubber.

Felling Trailers co-owners Brenda Jennissen and Bonnie Radjenovich with bid winners Jon and Laurie Stein of Centre Dairy Equipment and Supply.
Felling Trailers co-owners Brenda Jennissen and Bonnie Radjenovich with bid winners Jon and Laurie Stein of Centre Dairy Equipment and Supply.

Felling Trailers holds sixth annual Trailer for a Cause Auction
Felling Trailers held its sixth annual online auction of an FT-3 drop-deck utility trailer to benefit a nonprofit organization. For 2018, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance was chosen. The winning bid of $3,400 was placed by Jon Stein, owner of Centre Dairy Equipment and Supply in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Stein’s wife, Laurie, is an ovarian cancer survivor.

GPS Insight announces new CEO and executive promotions
GPS Insight announced the promotion of Gary Fitzgerald to CEO. Rob Donat, former CEO and founder, will remain with the company as chairman. Wayne Holder, the company’s controller, moves to chief financial officer; and Jason Walker, vice president of sales, becomes chief revenue officer. Fitzgerald joined the company in November 2016 from General Electric, where he served as an enterprise architect. He has served as vice president of technology for almost two years and led the company’s product development efforts, technical teams, and security practice.

Andrew Burland, Dave Amato promoted within Parker Filtration Group
Parker Filtration Group announced promotions of Andrew Burland and Dave Amato. Burland is director of sales-engine mobile aftermarket filtration. He leads the sales team focused on the mobile aftermarket space and represents a variety of brands, including Baldwin Filters. Amato is director of marketing-engine mobile aftermarket division. He is responsible for leading the inside sales and marketing departments.

COXREELS exceeds recommended salt spray testing hours
COXREELS announced the company exceeded 20 percent more hours than the industry recommended standard for salt spray testing. The independent lab test measured the corrosion- and UV-resistance of COXREELS’ powder-coated materials, and results indicate the products ranks in the top tier of the grading system for both.

CUES launches redesigned website
CUES launched a newly designed website featuring a new look and feel with less text and more imagery. Streamlined menus and simplified navigation make it easier to use, and it has a responsive layout for all platforms, including smartphones and tablets.

SJE-Rhombus launches new websites
SJE-Rhombus launched four new websites as part of the company’s rebranding effort. Existing sites for, and received a redesign, while an additional corporate site was created for SJE-Rhombus at This new site contains all corporate information.


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