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Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Files for Bankruptcy

Following a deadly blast on Jan. 24, Watson Grinding and Manufacturing has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Houston federal court due to what they anticipate will be “a long-term interruption of business operations.”

“Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy and we are convinced that the best way to ensure our organization can play a positive role in the long-term recovery of the area is by remaining a viable business,” John Watson, CEO of Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, said in a statement. “We are a family business and through this reorganization, we intend to save the company and protect and restore the jobs for our dedicated and hardworking team.”

Emerson Partners with Belgian Brewery Research Group

Emerson is partnering with Ghent University and University College Ghent in Belgium, to revamp, automate and modernize a pilot brewery, including providing equipment and support services. The two institutions share a common brewery research group in the Laboratory for Brewing and Fermentation Science and Technology. The laboratory offers hands-on training using the latest digital automation technologies to educate the next-generation workforce, close skills gaps and enable digital transformation throughout the region’s brewing industry, where technology is key to keeping pace with the increasing demand for craft beer,

Mueller Water Products Reports 2020 First Quarter Results

Mueller Water Products, Inc. announced that for its fiscal 2020 first quarter ended December 31, 2019, net sales were $212.6 million, as compared with $192.8 million in the prior year quarter, and net income was $10.3 million.

“For fiscal 2020, we expect to see continued favorable demand in our end markets driven by healthy municipal spending and improved residential construction,” said Scott Hall, President and CEO of Mueller Water Products.

Baker Hughes Supplying Valves for BAPCO Modernization Project

Baker Hughes will supply the severe service, control and safety relief valve contracts for the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) modernization project. This expansion project to modernize BAPCO’s refinery will increase production, while in parallel increasing yield and efficiency by utilizing bottom of the barrel residual products from their process using current day technology enhancements.

Product will be supplied from Baker Hughes valve manufacturing sites in Coimbatore, India; Conde, France; and Jacksonville, Florida – with raw components sourced from various suppliers to comply with a “no-China” enforced material specification.

Curtiss-Wright Signs Exclusive Agreement with APS

Curtiss-Wright has signed an exclusive agreement with Arizona Public Service Company (APS) to commercialize APS’s equipment anomaly detection (EAD) technology.

APS’s EAD technology uses machine learning to detect anomalies in plant equipment and systems, allowing operators to improve performance and prevent failures. "The value of this technology is that it identifies potential issues in important components so they can be addressed before a problem arises. It cuts costs, increases efficiency and brings value to any operation that depends on sophisticated technology,” said Jack Cadogan, APS Senior Vice President, Site Operations for the Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest nuclear power plant.

Curtiss-Wright will add the EAD technology to its suite of thermal plant performance and condition monitoring platforms.

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