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MSS Publishes Revised Standard for Pressure Testing of Knife Gate Valves

The Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) of the Valve and Fittings Industry announces that SP-151-2021, Pressure Testing of Knife Gate Valves, has been revised and published by MSS.

Standard Practice (SP)-151 was originally published in 2016 for the purpose of providing a uniform means of testing knife gate valves commonly used in the "full open" and "full closed" type of service for isolation (not control). The standard establishes requirements and acceptance criteria for shell and seat closure pressure testing of resilient, non-metallic (e.g. ceramic), and metal-to-metal seated knife gate valves of all types. SP-151 continues to be maintained under the consensus of MSS Technical Committee 409, Knife Gate Valves.


Curtiss-Wright Appoints Robert F. Freda Treasurer

Curtiss-Wright Corporationannounced that, as part of its formal succession plan, its Board of Directors has named Robert F. Freda as Treasurer, succeeding Harry S. Jakubowitz, who plans to retire after a distinguished 18-year career with the company, with the past 15 years as Treasurer.

In his new role, Freda will assume control of the treasury and tax functions and report directly to K. Christopher Farkas, Curtiss-Wright's CFO. Freda has served as assistant corporate controller, as well as an officer of the company, since June 2017. Previously, Freda held the position of director of finance since 2006.

Emerson Opens Welding and Assembly Technologies HQ

Emerson has opened its new Branson welding and assembly technologies’ global headquarters in Brookfield, CT. This opening completes Emerson’s $49 million investment announced in April 2019 and supports Branson’s plastic joining, ultrasonic metal welding, and ultrasonic cleaning technologies for the medical, textile, automotive, food and beverage, packaging and electronics industries.

The innovative technological capabilities available with this new 146,000-square-foot facility will offer “unprecedented levels of customer support.”

Formosa Plastics Starts Up Low-Density Polyethylene Unit

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. is announcing the start-up of the low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at their facility in Point Comfort, TX. The LDPE unit joins the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) units already in operation.

“The LDPE unit significantly expands the portfolio of products we provide to our customers,” said Ken Mounger, Formosa’s Executive Vice President. “The range and versatility of our product line is extensive. We’re looking forward to continuing to supply high quality resins and enhancing the value we provide to consumers through our newest line of LDPE products.”

DeZURIK Inc. Acquires Red Valve Company

DeZURIK plans to acquire Red Valve effective January 1, 2021 from Hillenbrand, a public company headquartered in Batesville, IN.

“The addition of Red Valve to the DeZURIK portfolio of brands furthers our strategic initiative to advance the human condition by applying exceptional flow control expertise to the development of vital water and industrial infrastructure,” said DeZURIK president and CEO Bryan Burns. “Red Valve’s brand reputation and diverse product line complement the broad DeZURIK lineup and provides new opportunities to solve customer’s most complex challenges. We are dedicated to making this transition as smooth as possible for team members and customers across both organizations.”

Red Valve is known for elastomers, pinch valves, check valves and engineered mixing systems. The two main brands in its current portfolio are Red Valve and Tideflex.

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