Graybar Electric Co. (St. Louis) has opened a 204,000-sq-ft distribution center in Youngstown, OH-the eighth of 16 similar facilities planned nationwide. Dennis Daloisio manages the center, which employs 45 people. Graybar has announced the following organizational changes: Gary D. Hodges, district vice president in Phoenix, has been elected to the board of directors; Donald M. Block has been appointed district vice president in Boston, replacing the retiring William King; Martin J. Beagen has been named assistant to the trea surer; and Timothy E. Carpenter has been named district financial manager in Chicago.
Cindy Godwin, former principal consultant for PeopleSoft, has been named director of production at Cablesoft (Tempe, AZ). She will oversee the manufacturing schedule of the iTRACS enterprise network management solution.
Bob Vanderhoff has been appointed senior corporate vice president at Coleman Cable (Waukegan, IL) and president of the recently formed Wire & Cable Group. Previously, Vanderhoff held several senior management positions at WESCO.
Fred McDuffee has been promoted to senior vice president at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp. (Research Triangle Park, NC), responsible for manufacturing operations, plus product design and marketing for the company's cabling, connector, and fusion-splicing products. Barrett Mills and Richard Herwig have been named vice president of sales and national sales manager, respectively. Mils has been in direct sales and sales-management positions for more than 10 years. Herwig's 30-year career includes positions with New York Telephone, AMP Inc., Amphenol, and Thomas & Betts.
Online test equipment vendor TestMart (San Bruno, CA) has named Michael Comstock vice president of operations. Most recently, he was senior vice president of e-commerce and planning at global shipping firm DHL.
Structured cabling solutions specialist ITT Industries/Network Systems & Services (New York City) will double its technical and customer support staff in North America and plans to increase its work force worldwide by 20% within the next year. Staff additions will include e-service specialists, business managers, and engineers.
Herculine Corp. (Seattle), a manufacturer of cable measuring and pulling tapes, has moved to a new manufacturing headquarters at 1217 6th Avenue South. The company is a division of Pacific Strapping Inc.
Former Netscape/AOL executive Dave Rothschild has been appointed president and CEO of wireless Internet developer Pixo Inc. (Cupertino, CA). In addition, Pixo has announced partnerships with Hikari Tsushin-Japan's largest mobile phone distributor-and Web search engine Lycos.
Amherst FiberOptics (Brentwood, TN), manufacturer of fusion-splicing and fiber prep tools, has appointed Terry Shafer as general manager. He will be responsible for all company operations and management supervision. Shafer has more than 10 years' management experience.
Robert Yerex has been appointed vice president of strategic operations at ThinAirApps (New York City), a wireless information access software vendor. He was formerly president and CEO of Objectshare Systems. Also, Stephanie Agresta, former manager of strategy and business development at barnesandnoble.com, joins the company as director of new business and strategic alliances.
Hutton Communications Inc. (Carrollton, TX), a national distributor of wireless communications and power systems products, has appointed Ron Ryan as vice president and director of sales. He is an 18-year marketing and management veteran with Arrow Electronics.
Former US West vice president David Reberry has joined the CH2M Hill Communications Business Group (Denver) as vice president of operations support systems. He will assist telecommunications clients in the design and implementation of technology-based business processes and operations.
Controlled Power Co. (Troy, MI), a manufacturer of electrical power conditioning and protection equipment, has launched an interactive Website at www.controlledpwr.com. The site enables access to information about the company's products and services, including PDF files of product literature and supporting documentation.