HK Systems Inc.

HK Systems Inc. in Milwaukee has announced the appointment of Michael L. Gonzalez to the position of president and COO. In his new role, Gonzalez will report to John W. Splude, chairman and CEO. He will have operational responsibility for the company's material handling and logistics software business.

Masscal Corp.

Masscal Corp. has relocated its headquarters from Chatham, MA, to Orlando and appointed John W. Furry as CEO. Masscal Scientific Instruments, which is Masscal's operating division, designs, manufactures, markets, and maintains laboratory instruments for chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, engineering, and research laboratories. Masscal also offers contract laboratory services including exclusive analytical capabilities for thin films and nanotechnology.


Midland Manufacturing, a leader in railroad tank car safety valves and equipment and a division of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, has appointed Joe Fiore as vice president of operations. In this role, Fiore will be responsible for providing overall direction for engineering, quality, and materials management for the company headquartered in Skokie, IL.


Civacon, a leading provider of cargo tank components and systems, has appointed Simon Hill as director of engineering. Hill will be responsible for all elements of mechanical and electronic engineering including product development, manufacturing, and technical support. In addition, Hill will oversee the electronics manufacturing facility and all quality control, ISO, and product management functions for the company headquartered in Riverside, MO.


The Chemical Heritage Foundation has chosen "The Enlightened Joseph Priestley: A Study of His Life and Works from 1773 to 1804" to receive the Roy G. Neville Prize in bibliography or biography. The work is the second volume of Robert E. Schofield's definitive biography of Priestley, considered to be one of chemistry's greatest practitioners.