Weber Inc. has invited processors using its slicing systems to attend Sanitation Symposium II, a three-day learning and leadership event at its North American headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., on March 22-24.

Seminar presentations will be lead by numerous food safety experts and are intended to share and further develop industry best practices, while also building cross-company networks to solve mutual problems related to hygienic operations. In addition to expert presentations and small-group discussions, live demonstrations of both steam cleaning and wet cleaning will be conducted. There is no cost for Weber machine owners to attend the event.

Registrations are being accepted on line at Questions may be directed to Deb Cline at or (800) 505-9591.

Cantrell has named Joe Cosper as account manager for the Southeast Region. Cosper brings an extensive engineering background to Cantrell, a poultry and food processing equipment sales and service company. He has nearly 15 years of engineering and project management experience in the poultry processing equipment industry. Cosper will serve Cantrell customers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee and southeastern Alabama.

Ross Industries Inc. has appointed Cecilie Martinez O’Gara as salesperson for the company’s South Central Territory. This region includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. In this position, she will represent the company’s entire line of food processing and tenderizing equipment. O’Gara comes to Ross Industries with a wealth of industry sales experience, business development and territory management. She worked most recently at CFS as regional sales manager and prior to that with APV, also as regional sales manager.

With the introduction of its new PowerMax3000, PowerMax4000 and PowerScanner technologies, Formax states that it is exceeding the expectations of slicing customers with its innovation worldwide. The company is now presenting processors with a guarantee called, “The Powermax Promise.”

“The PowerMax Promise is a guarantee that simply says we will meet or exceed your expectations,” said Brian Sandberg, global product manager of Provisur Technologies. “Whether it’s delivering the ultimate in food safety, the lowest ownership costs or providing higher yields, The PowerMax Promise says we will be there for you. It’s a testament to what our advanced technologies are capable of achieving, and it’s our guarantee to an industry in pursuit of greater productivity, food safety and profit.”

Formax is hosting a new website at complete with live action video of the PowerMax3000 and PowerMax4000 in full operation.

Intelligrated, an automated material handling solutions provider, announces the recent appointment of Kevin O’Reilly to the position of sales engineer II for the company’s Somerset, N.J.-based eastern regional operation. In his new position, O’Reilly will be responsible for sales in the region under the direction of Eric Palotas, vice president of eastern regional operations for Intelligrated. O’Reilly will also provide sales, concepting, estimating, engineering and client relation services.

Interstate Warehousing is expanding its Hamilton, Ohio facility. The 90,000-square-foot expansion, which began January 2011, is expected to be completed in May. The current facility is approximately 350,000 square feet. Interstate Warehousing’s Hamilton facility is known for its large freight consolidation program, and the expansion is a result of the growth of multiple customers. The expansion will add 11,500 pallet positions, 19 new dock doors, and will also create 25 new full-time jobs at the facility.

“The city of Hamilton and the Cincinnati market have always been good to Interstate Warehousing,” said Chuck Tippmann, president, Tippmann Group/Interstate Warehousing. “We’re happy to be able to grow with our customers, and this expansion will put us in a better position to provide them with additional storage and distribution space for their frozen products, so our companies can continue to grow together.”

Foodmate US Inc. is the new distributor of Netherlands-based Foodmate B.V.’s poultry processing equipment in North America. Scott Hazenbroek will serve as president of Foodmate US. He has more than 15 years of experience in the processing equipment business, having worked for companies in both the U.S. and Europe.

“Foodmate is fully committed to the North American poultry industry,” Hazenbroek said. “Foodmate has made strong inroads in Europe and Asia. Now we are looking to increase our business in the North America.”

Foodmate’s poultry processing equipment line includes cut-up, deboning, portioning and weighing systems. Its food processing line includes cooling and freezing systems, frying systems, as well as cookers, hot air ovens, batter and breading machines. Foodmate US’ offices are at 135 P. Rickman Industrial Dr., Suite 200, Canton, Ga. 30115. The company’s headquarters house sales, engineering, service, warehouse and parts inventory.

At a ceremony held in Las Vegas during its 65th annual MeatExpo conference, the National Meat Association awarded its 2011 Supplier of the Year award to Multivac Inc. The Supplier of the Year is selected from a list of nominations submitted by NMA general members, firms that have close interaction with suppliers throughout the year. Bob Koch, director of sales for Multivac’s food division, was singled out for his professionalism and long-time service to the meat and poultry industries. “Multivac is deeply honored to receive this distinction from the NMA,” said Jan Erik Kuhlmann, president and CEO, Multivac.