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ProMation Joins Valve Manufacturers Association

PEI USA LogoProMation Engineering is VMA's newest full member. Based in Brooksvile, FL, the company was founded in 2006. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., general manager, noted that "we have seen our presence in the valve market increase to a point where our brand is becoming more recognized. We work with-as well as compete with--many members of the VMA." He believes one of the best routes to building ProMation's credibility in the industrial flow control market is to join an industry professional group like VMA.

ProMation manufactures, assembles, and designs electric actuators and flow control devices used on valves and dampers in water and wastewater, large heating and cooling facilities, oil and gas production, and industrial processing.

MRC Global President & CEO Lane to Retire at End of Next Year

Andrew Lane announced his plan to retire as president and chief executive of MRC Global effective December 31, 2021. Lane will also resign from the board on that date. Lane has served as a director of MRC Global and president and CEO since September 2008 and was the MRC Global chairman of the board from December 2009 until April 2016, when the positions of chairman of the board and CEO were separated.

Union Tech and Wolseley Industrial Group Announce Distribution Agreement

Union Tech and Wolseley Industrial Group, a division of Ferguson Enterprises, LLC, have signed an agreement for the exclusive distribution of Union Tech’s severe-service metal-seated ball valves (MSBV) and rising-stem ball valves (RSBV) throughout the Western U.S.

The MSBV products include:

  • Z1 Unibody Power Valve – One-piece metal-seated ball valve engineered for clean steam severe-service (high-pressure, high-temperature) environments, including power generation and critical on/off applications
  • Z2 Two-Piece Isolation Valve – Two-piece metal-seated ball valve engineered for severe-service environments for use in customized and critical applications, including chemical/petro-chemical, refining, power, and mining processes
  • Z3 Power Valve System – Consists of a modified Z1 valve and a pair of end connections and enables inline replaceability, which eliminates the need to cut-out existing and weld-in replacement valves, while retaining all features of the Z1 Unibody Power Valve

The RSBV products include:

  • Z4 Rising Stem Ball Valve – Employs a “tilt-and-turn” design enabling frequent cycling, zero leakage, and low torque operation. The valve is engineered for high performance applications requiring frequent cycling with positive shutoff, such as molecular sieve systems for switching service, and gas transmission  

Fire at Victaulic Plant Results in No Injuries

Early in the morning of May 19, multiple fire departments were dispatched to the Victaulic plant in Forks Township, PA. There were zero injuries reported and all of the 65-70 workers exited the facility safely before the firefighters arrived.

It is believed that the source of the fire was a machine that failed in an electrical room. Nothing about the fire was deemed suspicious nor were any hazardous materials involved.

“Company employees assisted in the proper shutdown of furnaces in that part of the building, which would allow other furnaces to stay online and work to resume in other parts of the plant,” township fire Chief Jevin Russo told lehighvalleylive.com

Emerson Plans $100 Million Expansion in Boulder, CO

Emerson will invest more than $100 million in Boulder, CO to significantly expand its manufacturing space and launch a new innovation center focused on research, new product development and industry training for its advanced flow measurement products.

The nearly 180,000-square-foot expansion includes a new, 85,000-square-foot laboratory and manufacturing facility to design and develop products, technologies and software that measure and control the flow of material in a manufacturing process. Emerson expects to break ground this spring.

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