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Business Buzz ¦ The International Air Transport Association announced its forecast for 2009 showing an industry loss of $2.5 billion. All regions, except the US, are expected to report larger losses in 2009 than in 2008. Industry revenues are...


¦ AERO Specialties provided Signature Flight Support with a wide variety of ground support equipment for the presidential inauguration and the Super Bowl. AERO designed and built a special “Towbar Trolley” for the occasion, which allows a complete set of towbars and heads to be easily and quickly moved from one location to another. In addition to the Towbar Trolley, equipment that went to Dulles and Tampa included a lavatory service cart, potable water cart, all-wheel-drive aircraft tractor and diesel-powered GPU. The total value of the equipment package AERO provided to Signature was about $150,000.

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¦ Hydrogen Engine Center Inc., developer, manufacturer and distributor of turn-key alternative-fuel energy solutions for the industrial and power generation markets, announced that Jan Rowinski accepted the appointment as chairman of the Board of Directors for HEC Canada. The appointment comes as a result of Ted Hollinger’s resignation from all Board of Director positions within HEC and is effective immediately. Rowinski has been a member of the Canadian Board of Directors since May 2008 as successor to the late Dr. Tapan Bose. In July 2008, Rowinski was appointed to the HEC Iowa Board of Directors.

¦ Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation announced that Kenny Young has been promoted to the position of director of applications and planning, reporting directly to Managing Director of IT Jeff Main. In his new position, Young will be responsible for all application software development, software package selections, application management and IT systems planning at Air Wisconsin. In addition to the software and development and management aspects of his new position, Young will lead the systems planning process for the IT department.

¦ VT Services Inc., a provider of ground support equipment (GSE) fleet management, maintenance and training, announced the appointment of Pat Brown as the new business development director for North America. Brown will operate from the Alpharetta, Ga., headquarters of VT Services Inc. and brings with him a wealth of experience in the aviation industry — working for John Bean Technologies (formally FMC Technologies) for more than 21 years, with his last position as executive sales manager.

¦ Swissport International has appointed Peter Moser as executive vice president global human resources. Moser will assume the newly created position, in which he will also sit on group executive management, March 1, 2009.

¦ JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK], announced today that Donald F. Roy has been appointed to the role of senior vice president — manufacturing. In this role, Roy will be responsible for leading JLG operations and lean initiatives, as well as developing and executing JLG’s global manufacturing strategy.

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