News briefs - 1/8/2008

Hotsumi Baba named managing director for Lectra Japan; R.J. Marshall Co. appoints Rick Hopp Southeast U.S. district sales manager; Philip Mowry is inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores; Nilfisk-Advance America launches new Web site.

Lectra (Paris, France) has named Hotsumi Baba as managing director for Lectra Japan. Based in Tokyo and reporting to Asia-Pacific president Robert Agnes, Baba joined Lectra on Oct. 15, 2007. Hotsumi Baba is responsible for directing Lectra's overall operations in Japan and will work to increase sales growth of value-added software, hardware and services across all market sectors and to boost the strength of the Lectra brand in Japan.

The R.J. Marshall Co. (Southfield, Mich.), a supplier of specialty fillers for the cast polymer, flame retardant and composites industries, has appointed Rick Hopp to the position of Southeast U.S. district sales manager. Hopp has more than 25 years of experience in the cast polymer and fiberglass industries including positions with Fiberglass Coatings Inc., Lazzara Marine and Magnum Industries.

Philip G. Mowry, vice president of the National Composite Center (NCC) and COO of the Center’s Dayton Campus for Advanced materials Technologies (DC-AMT), has been inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores, considered Ohio's most distinguished honor. The induction took place at the association's annual winter induction dinner at the Capital Club in Columbus, Ohio. Membership in the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodores is only possible through appointment by Ohio's Governor in recognition for outstanding contributions to the economic development of the State of Ohio. Mowry was selected for, among other achievements, his instrumental role in taking an existing industrial structure and rehabilitating it to house NCC's satellite campus. In addition to contributing to the economic development of the Dayton Region and the revitalization of a historical neighborhood, Mowry's efforts helped earn NCC and its partners the 2006 Economic Development Project of the Year Award. Named for the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the association was founded by Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes in 1966 to honor 60 Ohio businessmen who accompanied him on Ohio's first international trade mission.

Nilfisk-Advance America Inc. (Malvern, Pa.) has launched a new Web site, On the site, customers can browse and purchase most of their cleaning solutions, search the full Nilfisk product line, view detailed equipment specifications and find replacement parts or accessories. The site also offers expanded online resources, which allow visitors to research vacuums by industry application, play video demos, and learn about filtration.