News briefs -- Feb. 3, 2009

Methods celebrates 50 years in business; Nilfisk offers leasing program for vacuum systems; Novacel opens Czech sales office; International Plastics Design Competition entries due April 1; NSF certifies geohermal pipes to Canadian standards; Paul Ness promoted at PlastiComp; Pat Wood joins TPI Composites Board of Directors; VISTAGY revenue increased 30 percent in 2008.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, Mass.) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its company. Originally founded in November 1958 with three employees and a few refurbished machines, Methods has grown into one of the largest precision machine tool importers in North America with more than 300 employees, seven facilities/ technology centers and more than 27,000 systems installed, ranging from EDM machines to sophisticated 5-axis CNC machining centers.

Nilfisk CFM (Malvern, Pa.) has introduced Clean Lease, a new industrial vacuum leasing program. Through the program, facilities can finance an industrial vacuum purchase by taking out a low-interest loan, with the option to purchase at the conclusion of the lease agreement. Lease financing is available in three options: Clean Lease 6.25; Industrial Fair Market Value; Industrial $1.00 Purchase Option. Interested purchasers must fill out an application, and will be notified of approval by the next business day. For more information, visit

Adhesive film manufacturer Novacel has established a new sales agency in Prague, Czech Republic. Jaromir Behal is sales manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to this assignment, he spent 10 years as a sales agent for Novacel products in both countries. Behal may be contacted at:

The Society of the Plastics Industry (Washington, D.C.) has announced that the first International Plastics Design Competition (IPDC) will be a part of NPE2009, scheduled for June 22-26 at Chicago's McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Online entry for the competition is now available at the IPDC website,, enabling companies or design professionals to submit all required information about their plastic products or components and pay entry fees. The application deadline is April 1, 2009.  After the April 1 deadline, information and photos of all products in the competition will be displayed on the website, and visitors will be able to vote online for the winner of a People's Choice award. Other winners in a variety of categories will be selected at NPE2009 by an expert panel of judges.

NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a public health and safety organization, has announced that it has certified the first geothermal pipes to Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) standard C448: Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems for Commercial and Institutional Buildings. NSF is the only organization that certifies polyethylene (PE) piping for geothermal end use. CSA C448 is North America's only government-recognized design and installation standard for geothermal systems, systems that use the earth as a heat source and heat sink. They provide heating or cooling by moving heat, rather than by creating heat like a furnace. While conventional heating systems rely on outdoor temperatures that often vary, underground temperatures remain relatively constant all year round, producing the desired heating and cooling temperature year round.

PlastiComp LLC (Winona, Minn.) has promoted Paul D. Ness to vice president and general manager of the company’s Complēt composite pellet products.  Ness is currently the chief financial officer of PlastiComp LLC.

TPI Composites Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has announced that Pat Wood, III, will join its Board of Directors. Wood, an energy infrastructure developer based in Houston, Texas, is a national leader on clean energy and power transmission. He recently served for four years as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the independent regulator of the nation's interstate pipeline and wholesale electric power industries.

VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass.) reports that its revenue increased 30 percent in 2008 in spite of the systemic problems in the badly slumping worldwide economy. Fueling that growth was a robust 52 percent increase in product revenue. The company aims to build on that success in 2009 by continuing to forge close relationships with its customers, expanding its commitment to the emerging aerospace markets in Russia, Asia Pacific and India, and increasing its share of the aerospace, automotive, transportation interiors and the fast-growing wind energy markets. "We were particularly strong in the fourth quarter when the economy was significantly deteriorating, proving that our products are especially relevant when it is critical to achieve increased efficiency and associated cost savings," said Steve Luby, president and CEO of VISTAGY.