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Curtiss-Wright Supplying Eviation with Actuation Technology

Curtiss-Wright’s Actuation Division was selected by Eviation Aircraft, manufacturer of Alice, the world’s first all-electric commuter aircraft, to provide primary flight control actuation technology. Curtiss-Wright’s electromechanical actuators (EMA) provides Eviation with a modular, distributed solution that enables a flexible control architecture. Curtiss-Wright’s commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) EMA design helps reduce cost, schedule risk, and program risk to support Eviation in preparation for its first flights in 2021.


A.Y. McDonald Acquires Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corp.

A.Y. McDonald has acquired Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corporation, of Elmhurst, IL on December 31, 2020. Val-Matic Valve was founded in 1966 by Andrew Nuter and is a manufacturer of fourteen valve product lines for the water and wastewater, industrial, commercial building construction, and plumbing industries with an additional manufacturing facility in Addison, IL.

John V. Ballun, Val-Matic president and CEO, stated, “My management team and I are excited and proud to join the family-owned, historic company A.Y. McDonald. Val-Matic has a similar tradition of serving customers in the water works market for over 50 years with quality products and services.”

Rob McDonald, A.Y. McDonald CEO stated, “We are excited to welcome Val-Matic into our family of companies. We look forward to continuing the success of Val-Matic and growing the company in the same manner as it has the past 54 years under the ownership and direction of the Nuter family. We will continue to invest in Val-Matic’s people and product lines to make this company even stronger and more successful in the years ahead.”

Each company will continue to operate independently with separate management, market strategies and sales operations.

Victaulic Names Rick Bucher CEO

Victaulic announced the appointment of Rick Bucher as CEO, succeeding John F. Malloy, effective January 31, 2021. Dr. Bucher was named president of Victaulic in April of 2020, following a June 2019 appointment as CEO.

Prior to joining Victaulic in 2009 as vice president of engineering, Dr. Bucher worked for 15 years for W.L. Gore, a manufacturer of technologically advanced composite materials. Dr. Bucher received a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in material science from Virginia Tech.

EPA Finalizes Clean Air Act Rule Change

On December 9, 2020, the EPA finalized a procedural rule to improve the rulemaking process under the Clean Air Act by establishing requirements to ensure consistent, high-quality analyses of benefits and costs are provided to the public for significant rules. This final rule codifies best practices for benefit-cost analysis in rulemaking, and will provide clarity for states, local communities, industry, and other stakeholders regarding EPA’s rulemaking considerations. Critics, however, caution that this will make it more difficult to limit air pollution.

First Small Nuclear Reactor Design Approved by NRC

NuScale made history in August 2020 as the first SMR to ever receive design approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC completed Phase 6 review—the last and final phase—of the Design Certification Application (DCA) for the company’s SMR with the issuance of the Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER). The FSER represents completion of the technical review and approval of the NuScale SMR design. With this final phase of NuScale’s DCA now complete, customers can proceed with plans to develop NuScale power plants with the understanding that the NRC has approved the safety aspects of the NuScale design.

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