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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  

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.

Baker Hughes Supplying Golden Pass LNG Project

Baker Hughes has been awarded the contract to supply turbine bypass valves and condenser back-pressure dump tubes to Exxon Mobil’s Golden Pass LNG site through the new expanded combined cycle power plant procured through Chiyoda Corporation of Japan.

The Exxon Mobil Golden Pass LNG project is adding liquefaction and export capabilities to its existing facility in Sabine Pass, and will increase overall export capacity to approximately 16 million tons of LNG per year. The current Golden Pass LNG terminal campus include five 155,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks, two marine berths capable of offloading various sized ocean-going LNG carriers and process facilities capable of re-gasifying LNG to produce approximately 2 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. To support this complex, Exxon Mobil is expanding the site infrastructure with a combined cycle power plant to locally integrate powering of the site. With years of excellent service to the Sabine Pass facility, Baker Hughes Masoneilan will supply critical turbine bypass valves to protect the utilities unit of the plant.

Crane Co. Chairman to Retire After 47 Years with Company

Crane Co. chairman R.S. Evans has retired in accordance with the company’s director retirement policy. James L. L. Tullis, a Crane Co. director since 1998, became chairman upon Evans’ retirement. Evans has been with Crane for 47 years, including 36 years as chairman and 17 years as CEO.

“It would be difficult to overemphasize the impact that he has had at Crane over that time, driving substantial change to the Company’s portfolio, operations, strategy, and culture. He leaves a rich legacy at Crane, including the consistent and singular focus on building shareholder value while adhering to the tenets of the R.T. Crane resolution,” said President and CEO Max Mitchell.

Conval Appoints Stevens as Inside Sales Manager

Kris Stevens Conval Inside Sales ManagerConval recently announced that Kris Stevens has been appointed inside sales manager. Stevens replaces Austin Wilkie, who retired after many years with the company.

Stevens served in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program as a nuclear steam power plant mechanic aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class super-carrier stationed in Norfolk, VA. He was then transferred to the Modifications and Additions to a Reactor Facility (MARF) plant located at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory's Kesselring Site in Ballston Spa, NY, where he taught students how to operate a nuclear plant in a hands-on environment.

In 2013, Stevens transitioned to the private sector, becoming nuclear contracts administrator at Conval. In this role, he dealt with Conval nuclear valve design codes, specifications, contracts and general sales activity.

In making the announcement, Don Bowers, Jr., vice-president of sales and marketing, said, “Conval appreciates Kris’ service to our nation. He brings to his new position a remarkable breadth of experience with military and commercial severe service applications. He also possesses the excellent people and organizational skills needed to be an outstanding inside sales manager.”  

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