Movers and shakers


Ferro Electronic Materials, a division of Ferro Corp., Vista, Calif., appointed Robert S. Hodder, Jr. as North American sales manager, East region.

Wai Mun Lee has been named vice president of new business and technology development at EKC Technology Inc., Hayward, Calif. The company also named Lee the first EKC fellow in recognition of his contributions to the success of EKC's businesses.

Mark Holman, a senior executive of Solectron Corp., Milpitas, Calif., has been appointed the first president and CEO of e2open, a newly created electronics industry collaborative marketplace.

Thomas F. Fannon has been named director of electronic commerce for the North American operations of Ashland Distribution Co., a division of Ashland Inc., Dublin, Ohio.

Micro Networks Corp., Worcester, Mass., appointed Johan Welgemoed and David Audette as senior microwave design engineers.


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Trace Laboratories East, Hunt Valley, Md., completed the necessary requirements for certification in Failure Analysis in accordance with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. The company is said to be one of the first to be formally audited for the credential.

Buffalo, N.Y.-based ART announced the expansion of facilities and personnel at its Tech-Ceram subsidiary in Amesbury, Mass. ART is expanding its package production capacity by a factor of five. Tech-Ceram is also in the final stages of achieving ISO 9002 compliance.

Cabot Microelectronics Corp., a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization slurries to the semiconductor industry, completed its new 170,000-square-foot North America manufacturing facility, located in Aurora, Ill.

Thermoset, Lord Chemical Products, Indianapolis, Ind., has created a technical service department to streamline technical support. The new department is designed to answer questions, solve problems and offer a variety of product assistance for customers.

Yaskawa Electric America Inc. announced the opening of its newest North American facility, located in Fremont, Calif. This 30,000-square-foot site houses the company's Semiconductor Group, Development Center and Technical Services Group.

InnovaComm Technologies Inc., Beaverton, Ore., is a new player in the optoelectronics packaging and engineering-intensive manufacturing services field. Formerly the communications division of Maxtek Components Corp., a Maxim/Tektronix Co., the company serves the fiber-optic, wireless and high-reliability markets with complex electronics packaging solutions.


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