Baldwin Filters' Yaw Promoted To Vice President, International
Baldwin Filters in Kearney announces the promotion of Brent Yaw to the position of Vice President, International, effective December 3, 2012. Yaw will be responsible for the successful operation of Baldwin's international business.
Yaw began his career at Baldwin in 1995. He has held various positions including International Controller, Director of International Administration and Director of International Sales and Marketing. Yaw's most recent assignment was General Manager, Baldwin International.
He has a Bachelor's degree from Peru State College in Accounting and Management and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He passed his Certified Public Accountant exam in May 1988 and worked at Deloitte & Touche for three years after graduating law school.
Baldwin Filters Releases Extreme Performance Nanofiber Air Filters
Baldwin Filters released its new line of Extreme Performance heavy-duty air filters featuring Baldwin's patented ProTura® nanofiber technology this week.
These new heavy-duty air filters fit common agricultural, mining and construction applications.
"We recognize that many customers using our filters operate their equipment in high dust environments where contaminant control is critical," said Farrell Calcaterra, Vice President Engineering.
Baldwin's Extreme Performance filters feature fibers with an average diameter of 90nm (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter). These ultra fine fibers bonded to cellulose media provide unequalled performance in removing submicron contaminants.
"The nanofiber technology used in the Extreme Performance filters enables us to manufacture a filter that more effectively removes submicron particles," Calcaterra said.
"Contaminant removal is crucial in high dust conditions. Extreme Performance filters allow users to capture higher amounts of the submicron contaminant, while providing better engine protection and longer filter service life," Calcaterra continued. "We performed field tests in tough mining environments. The filters in the field tests had excellent performance as expected based on extensive lab testing."
With the ProTura nanofiber media, the fine contaminants tend to load on the media surface resulting in higher initial contaminant removal efficiency and lower flow restriction, according to Calcaterra. Through normal use, the submicron particles tend to cake on the surface of the media then fall to the bottom of the housing where the contaminants can be removed by the dust ejector, increasing the filter's contaminant removal capacity.
Baldwin Filters Hosts Baldwin University
Baldwin Filters recently welcomed distributors to Baldwin University, a three-day filtration seminar, at its headquarters in Kearney, Nebraska.
Distributors from the United States, Canada and Cambodia joined Baldwin employees from the United States, England and Australia to learn more about filtration and specifically the Baldwin advantages in the marketplace.
"Baldwin University is designed to give both our distributors and our employees a deeper understanding of Baldwin and how we approach the manufacturing and marketing of filtration products. By including both distributors and employees, the attendees gain different perspectives about our filters and their value in the marketplace," said Steve Englund, Baldwin Training Manager.
Baldwin University, which is presented by Baldwin design engineers and other staff members, is designed to broaden awareness of today's filtration theories and practices. Plant and lab tours demonstrate the construction of Baldwin's product line and examine research being done on existing and future filtration concepts.
Information about Baldwin Filters' Cataloging, Customer Service, Quality Assurance and Technical Services are a part of the course. Discussions about preventive maintenance practices, and extended oil drain intervals - all concerns of today's heavy equipment operator - are also featured during the seminar.
Baldwin University will continue in 2013 with seminars scheduled for March and October.
Baldwin Filters Holds Retirement Reception
for CLARCOR's Norm Johnson
Norm Johnson, CLARCOR's Executive Chairman, was honored at a reception Wednesday, October 17, at Baldwin Filters.
Johnson will be retiring November 30 and is attending CLARCOR companies' quarterly operating reviews in order to share his insights and say goodbye to employees.
Johnson started his CLARCOR career at Baldwin Filters in July 1990 as president. In March 1993, he was named Group Vice President – Filtration Products. In January 1994 Johnson transferred to CLARCOR, where he became the President and COO in October 1995 and then Chairman and CEO in January 2005.
In preparation for his eventual retirement, Johnson was named Executive Chairman of the Board in December 2011, as Chris Conway, formerly of Baldwin Filters, assumed the position of President and CEO.
"I have been fortunate to work for CLARCOR for over twenty years, with the last fifteen of those serving as either President or CEO. During that time, CLARCOR has evolved into one of the leading filtration companies in the world," said Johnson. "While I'm proud of what we have accomplished, I am confident that Chris and his management team have the capacity to take the company to even greater heights."
Baldwin Filters Promotes Two in OE Sales
Baldwin Filters announced Monday that it has promoted Rich Palmer to Vice President, Worldwide Original Equipment Sales. He succeeds Gary Grabau, who has assumed the position of Vice President, Strategic OE Initiatives with Baldwin.
Palmer started his career with Baldwin in 1987 as an intern in the purchasing department. Since that time, he has served in many positions, including Supply Quality Engineer, Application Analyst, Customer Service Supervisor, District Sales Manager – Aftermarket and OE Sales Account Manager. Palmer most recently served as Baldwin's Director of OE Sales.
Palmer will be responsible for Baldwin's global original equipment sales. "Rich brings an enormous amount of experience to this position. He understands Baldwin Filters and filtration from varying viewpoints which makes him uniquely qualified for this position," said Jeff Vasichek, Baldwin's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, who oversees all sales functions with the company.
Grabau will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic original equipment programs and partnerships, as well as positioning cutting edge technology on new equipment platforms.
Grabau came to Baldwin in April 1991 as Manager of Product Development after spending 19 years in the industry. He continued at Baldwin serving as Director of Product Management, Director of International Sales and Vice President of International Sales. He was promoted to Vice President, Worldwide Original Equipment Sales in 1995.
"Gary has had a tremendous effect on our OE business both domestic and internationally," said Vasichek. "Under his leadership, Baldwin has become a force in the original equipment market. In his new role, Gary will continue to build on the momentum established over the last decade."
Baldwin Filters Celebrates Expansion
Baldwin Filters recently celebrated the 110,000 square foot expansion of its Yankton, S.D. facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Baldwin representatives and South Dakota and local officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening.
"I couldn't be more pleased that a company with such a strong international presence decided to double its footprint here in Yankton," said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "Baldwin Filters has been a valuable member of the Yankton community since 1995, and I am looking forward to its continued success."
"We are happy and excited to announce the completion of the 110,000 square foot expansion to our Yankton, South Dakota, manufacturing facility," said Sam Ferrise president of Baldwin Filters. "The added space will allow us additional manufacturing capacity needed to meet the supply requirements we are faced with as a result of continued global demand for our heavy-duty filtration products.
"Baldwin Filters is proud to be part of the Yankton community. We currently employ over 180 employees from Yankton and the surrounding area and see this growing over the next several years," Ferrise said. "I would like to thank the state of South Dakota for their support of the project as well as all of our employees and the service providers who have contributed to the project's success."
Baldwin Filters Receives Safety Award
Baldwin Filters' Gothenburg plant was recognized by the Nebraska Safety Council at its annual conference in Lincoln, NE, in early May.
Baldwin received the Safety Spirit Award for 2011, which the Nebraska Safety Council presents to facilities based on their training activities, safety committee activities, sustainability, current year statistics and the programs the facility has in place to achieve safety in the work place.
The Nebraska Safety Council is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and resources to promote safe and healthy work environment across Nebraska.
"This achievement could not have been earned without the efforts of all our employees and managers," said Brian Riley, Plant Manager of the Gothenburg facility. "Our Safety Committee, as well as the managers and employees of Gothenburg, worked tirelessly to improve safety in our facility over the past 5 years."
Representatives of Baldwin Filters accepted the Nebraska Safety Council Safety Spirit Award for 2011. Pictured are, from left, Brad Mailahn, Baldwin Filters Assistant Human Resources Administrator, Andy Benton, President of the Nebraska Safety Council Board of Directors, Travis Wilkins, Baldwin Filters-Gothenburg 2011 Safety Committee and Mike Richey, Baldwin Filters-Gothenburg 2012 Safety Committee Coordinator.
Baldwin Filters Is Professional Transportation Partners Filter Supplier of the Year
Baldwin Filters was named the 2011 Filter Supplier of the Year by Professional Transportation Partners (PTP) in early April. This is the second consecutive year Baldwin has received the honor.
The award was announced at PTP's annual Shop Network Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. Professional Transportation Partners, a large truck stop shop organization with 60 member locations across America, has been affiliated with Baldwin Filters for many years.
Baldwin was selected as Filter Supplier of the Year for many reasons, including in-house customer service, order fill rate, response time and district manager customer support.
"This award is based on total customer support, which Baldwin offers to our distributors and to our end users. We are dedicated to supporting our customers in the same way they treat theirs," said Gary Kauffman, Baldwin National Accounts Manager.
"You don't get customers, you earn them. Baldwin has done this with this group and continues to look at better and more ways to offer total customer service to all our customers," Kauffman continued.
Baldwin Filters Designated As Weichai Power Test Lab
Baldwin Filters testing lab in China recently received the designation of Weichai Power Test Laboratory. Weichai Power is a major manufacturer of diesel engines in the Peoples' Republic of China.
"Over the past number of years there has been considerable investment in upgrading the laboratory equipment," said Shaun Nel, Director – China Operations. "A series of correlation tests have been completed to ensure accuracy and reliability of results." Baldwin's lab in China is one of three the company operates within its worldwide facilities. Labs are also housed in facilities in the United States and Morocco.
"All of our labs are full service with equipment to test air and liquid filters," said Dan Arens, Baldwin Filters Lab Manager. "We continue to add capabilities to all of our facilities so we can respond more quickly to our customers needs and implement a faster product development cycle.
"This certification will play an important role as we move to the next step of applying for national laboratory testing center certification (in China)," said Nel.
"We are proud to achieve this designation and look forward to achieving the national certification," said Arens. "We continue to improve our capabilities to better serve our customers worldwide."