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ValvTechnologies welcomes Quality Controls Inc. as a distributor

ValvTechnologies has picked Quality Controls Inc. (QCI) as a new distributor.

Education

Baker Hughes Foundation contributes $800,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Baker Hughes Foundation has announced $800,000 in grants to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the 2021-22 academic year, part of the Foundation’s long-running mission to promote education and opportunity in the communities where Baker Hughes employees live and work.

MRO

Clearlake Capital-backed FloWorks acquires Genesis Systems

The acquisition of control valve, regulator, and valve automation and systems distributor expands the depth and reach of FloWorks’ portfolio of flow solutions providers

Manufacturing

Fairbanks Morse Defense acquires Hunt Valve Company Inc.

Fairbanks Morse Defense, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has acquired Hunt Valve Company Inc., a specialty manufacturer of naval valves and electromechanical actuators.

Insights

Conval names Heglund as Midwest regional sales manager

Conval’s vice president of sales and marketing Don Bowers recently announced that Glenn Heglund of Minooka, Ill. has been appointed as Midwest regional sales manager.

Technical

Valve Forum Technical Track Live "Watch-Along" event Sept. 13-15

There's just one week left before the VMA Valve Forum Technical Track Live Watch-Along event.

Insights

NECI announces merger with Northeast Controls

New England Controls Inc. and Northeast Controls Inc. announced an agreement to merge their two companies. Both are Emerson Impact Partners serving customers in New England and upstate New York.

Insights

EGC Holding Company acquires Slade Inc.

EGC Holding Company (doing business as EGC Enterprises Inc.) has acquired Slade Inc., a Statesville, NC manufacturer of patented graphite yarn and braided valve and pump packings.

Applications

AIV and Gulf Coast Modification announce promotions of Trey Cook to CEO and president, Ryan Loving to CFO and president

AIV, LP and Gulf Coast Modification (GCM) announce that Trey Cook will become the CEO of both AIV and GCM while remaining the President of AIV.

Technical

Emerson helps Alaska's largest wind farm provide reliable, affordable clean energy

Sustainable grid solutions reduce costs by 65% and support the delivery of low-cost renewable power.

Education

2021 Virtual Market Outlook Workshop reflects on positive growth and looks ahead to a stabilizing 2022

Marking its second year of the Market Outlook Workshop being virtual only, the 2021 event was held August 6-7 and featured valuable insights from global and national economic experts across several industries.

Manufacturing

ITR's Third Quarter Report: Onward and Mostly Upward

Similar to its last two quarterly reports, ITR Economics in its latest forecast continues to remain bullish on many end-user markets.

Manufacturing

Eastern Controls and DeZURIK Announce New Partnership

Eastern Controls Inc. (ECI) has officially announced its partnership with Minnesota-based DeZURIK Inc. as the exclusive Industrial representative for the Northern New Jersey and Metro New York industrial markets.

Manufacturing

Neles Acquiring Valve and Pump Businesses of Flowrox

Neles signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the valve and pump businesses of the Finland-based technology company Flowrox.

Insights

Negotiations to Continue on Bipartisan Infrastructure; VMA Sends Support for Action

A cloture vote to advance the $579 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework failed in the Senate yesterday after Republicans unsuccessfully urged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to delay the vote in order to allow Senators to finalize the details of the proposal.

Technical

ValvTechnologies and Severn Form Strategic Partnership

ValvTechnologies and Severn Glocon have reached a partnership agreement that will see collaboration between two of the world’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies specializing in innovative, high-end, severe-service valves.

Manufacturing

National Compassion Fund and Mueller Water Products Establish Survivors’ Fund

In the wake of the Albertville tragedy, National Compassion Fund, a subsidiary of the National Center for Victims of Crime, announced the launch of the Albertville Survivors’ Fund with support from GoFundMe and Mueller Water Products.

Manufacturing

N.A. Manufacturers: Shifting Sourcing Requirements

A major trend in North American manufacturing this year is widespread interest in bringing sourcing and production back from offshore, according to the State of North American Manufacturing 2021 Annual Report from Thomasnet.

Insights

OBITUARY: Gary Ostrowski, 1961 - 2021

We are saddened to report the passing of Valve Repair Council member Gary Ostrowski, who died at the age of 59 at his home in Plymouth, surrounded by loved ones after a long fight against medullary thyroid carcinoma.

Applications

A Reference Manual on Elastomers

The history and general application of elastomers in pipes, valves and fittings is the subject of the Manual of Practice developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Technical

Standards for Actuator/Gearbox Flanges

“Many variations in valve and actuator dimensions and characteristics have come into play especially now that we have worldwide vendors,” said Paul Souza, training manager at AUMA Actuators in a presentation at the Valve Manufacturers Association Virtual Valve Forum in November 2020.

Manufacturing

A Snapshot of Women in the Manufacturing Workforce

A comprehensive study of women who work in manufacturing was released in December 2020 byThomas (www.thomasnet.com) and Women in Manufacturing (WiM, www.womeninmanufacturing.com). It will serve as a benchmark for following progress and gaining insight into various areas, including the lack of women in management, improving diversity and inclusion practices in the industry and how increasing the number of women employees can help address the manufacturing skills gap.

Technical

VMA Welcomes CGIS as a New Distributor/Channel Partner (Associate) Member

CGIS is a global supplier of high-performance valves, controls and automation.

Insights

The Whys, Hows and Whats of LinkedIn

“LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 500 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide,” said Jim Cahill, chief blogger and head of social media at Emerson (www.emerson.com/en-us). In a presentation at the Valve Manufacturers Association 2020 Virtual Valve Forum, Cahill offered ways to make the most of LinkedIn.

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