Robert Cloud "Bob" Womack, 97, passed away on November 20, 2013.  Mr. Womack founded Womack Machine Supply Company in 1953 and was an active member of NFPA through the years. Bob's fascination with inventing and developing his own products led to the foundation of AAA Products Incorporated in 1960. Due to his professional expertise combined with his lifetime passion for teaching and learning Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M University invited Bob to assist in the establishment of engineering labs at their respective campuses. In 2008 SMU bestowed upon Bob an honorary doctoral degree in engineering.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Ruth Womack, brother James Wallace Womack, sister Gertrude Stacy, and sister-in-law Herta Jackson, his children, Judy (David) James, Harry (Angel) Womack and Linda (Robert) Blumrich, as well as 11 grand-children, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bosch Rexroth announced that company officials have signed an agreement to sell its global pneumatics business to Triton Advisers Ltd., a European investment group. Bosch Rexroth has been developing its pneumatics business to gain market share beyond factory automation. Bosch Rexroth officials announced as early as February 2012 that it wanted to sell its pneumatics business to open additional, long-term growth opportunities beyond factory automation, a key sector for the company. Finalization of the sale is pending approval by antitrust authorities.

Cleveland State University announced a $10 million gift from Donald and Pamela Washkewicz, and The Parker Hannifin Foundation that will catapult the university to the forefront of engineering education, research and innovation. Donald Washkewicz, who grew up in Garfield Heights and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from CSU in 1972, is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Parker Hannifin Corporation, headquartered in Greater Cleveland. In recognition of the transformative gift – equaling the largest-ever in university history and by far the largest for the engineering program – the CSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the College the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University.

Marmon/Keystone held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new McConnellsburg, PA metals service center, which officially opened for business on November 1. The 40,000-square-foot facility at 196 Secrist Lane took 4 1/2 months to construct. It is approximately 25 percent larger than the former building, which is located within the same business park. The facility features four 5-ton, dual-hoist overhead cranes and five high-speed band saws, which are used to supply tubing and chrome bar to the heavy-equipment manufacturing industry.

PARTsolutions has been selected by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and IHS Global, as the exclusive developer of the National Aerospace Standard (NAS) in 3D digital format. This is the first time in the history of aerospace and defense that a predominant industry standard is being delivered in authorized digital 3D by the AIA.

Sun Hydraulics reported third quarter results in line with company estimates. "Third quarter sales were consistent with our forecast, with demonstrated strength in international markets," said Allen Carlson, Sun's President and CEO.