GREENWOOD, SC--(Marketwire - November 23, 2010) - The Flex-Tek Group of London-based Smiths Group P.L.C. today announced the promotion of Dane Owen to the position of Vice President and General Manager of its Global Heating Element, Packaged Heat, Farnam Custom Products, AeroSonics Divisions.

Prior to joining Flex-Tek, Owen was director of national sales and marketing for Milliken & Company, where he held positions of progressive responsibility during his 22-year career with the privately held, Spartanburg, South Carolina-based, chemical and textile manufacturer. During his tenure with Milliken, Owen was instrumental in launching the industry's first patented do-it-yourself residential carpet tile and rolling it out nationwide. He has multiple patents in his name.

"I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Dane Owen to Vice President and General Manager," said Pat McCaffrey, COO of Flex-Tek Group. "Dane has been involved in many critical aspects of our operations. We expect his contributions to augment not only our ability to thrive during these challenging and uncertain times but also to provide us with the opportunity to introduce new innovative products, drive operational efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint."

In his new role, Owen will be responsible for setting the strategic direction that guides the future growth of the Global Heating Element, Packaged Heat, Farnam Custom Products, and AeroSonics Divisions of Flex-Tek.

About Flex-Tek:
Greenwood, South Carolina-based Flex-Tek Group, a division of Smiths Group, PLC, which is headquartered in London, England, provides engineered components that heat and move fluids for the aerospace, medical, industrial, construction and domestic markets. Its flexible hosing and rigid tubing is deployed on commercial aircraft as well as in motorsport for fuel and hydraulic applications. In the home, its technology can be found in domestic equipment including vacuum cleaners and HVAC systems support.

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