OMNITHRUSTER Names J. Michael Melvin VP

Stanley A. Dashew, president and founder of OMNITHRUSTER INC., recently announced that the board of directors elected J. Michael Melvin vice president, marketing.

Mr. Melvin will report directly to the office of the president.

OMNITHRUSTER INC. manufactures 12 different models of thrusters ranging from 25 to 585 horsepower, with thrusts of 500 to 11,500 pounds. The patented OMNITHRUSTER system provides positive control of the bow and/or stern by the thrust of high-volume water jets. Forward and aft propulsion can be provided through the unique steering valve and Thrust Director.

Before joining OMNITHRUSTER INC., Mr. Melvin held marketing- field engineering management positions with Sperry Marine Systems, a division of Sperry Rand Corporation. Prior to that, he was a staff engineer with the Vance Division of O.I.M.E. Mr.

Melvin has authored and presented numerous professional society papers dealing with the subject of steering and steering controls, as well as integrated ship systems.

In making the announcement, Mr. Dashew stated that "OMNITHRUSTER systems are being used for maneuvering vessels and position-keeping, in addition to side thrusting. Mike Melvin's experience in steering systems and steering controls, as well as his marketing and field service management expertise, will be helpful in guiding the company's growth."

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