J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, announced the appointment of Keith Lloyd as sales representative for the southern U.S., including Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Lloyd has 32 years of experience in the metallurgical and heat-processing equipment industry. He began his career in 1983 selling metallurgical and failure analysis equipment. In 2000, he started his own company, Southern Star Systems, where he serves as a consultant and manufacturer’s representative of thermal-processing equipment and metallography equipment and supplies.