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MRC Global Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

MRC Global's sales were $609 million for the first quarter of 2021, which was 5% higher than the fourth quarter of 2020 and 23% lower than the first quarter of 2020. Sequentially, all sectors experienced an increase in sales, except for gas utilities, which was lower due to an unseasonably higher than average fourth quarter. As compared to the first quarter of 2020, the gas utility sector sales were higher due to market share gains, and all other sectors and segments declined as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reduced customer spending. 


Spirax Sarco Names Ivan Gottberg President and General Manager

Ivan GottbergSpirax Sarco has appointed Ivan Gottberg as President and General Manager. He assumed his role on April 1, 2021, and is responsible for the USA business.

Ivan Gottberg states, “It is a true honor to be part of the legacy of Spirax Sarco in USA, looking into the future. We will leverage our foundations and people to build a stronger future, based on our corporate identity to place our Customers in the center of our Business.”

MSS Publishes Revised Standard for SP-51-2021

The Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) of the Valve and Fittings Industry announces that SP-51-2021, Class 150LW Corrosion Resistant Flanges and Cast Flanged Fittings, has been revised and published by MSS.

Standard Practice (SP)-51 has served as an industry norm for over 72 years! The subject matter of this Standard Practice was formerly part of MSS SP-42 until it was re-written, and SP-42 now covers valves only. The committee had decided that a commercial need remained for flanges and flanged fittings of reduced weight. This Standard Practice specifies a series of cast austenitic stainless-steel flanged fittings and austenitic stainless-steel flanges of reduced weight with mating dimensions for assembly with ASME B16.5, Class 150 flanges, but identified as Class 150LW (Light Weight) and limited to use at reduced pressure-temperature ratings. SP-51 continues to be maintained under the consensus of MSS Technical Committee 110, Steel Flanges and Flanged Fittings. 

Val-Matic’s John V. Ballun Retiring, Steve Dalton is New President

After a 26-year career with Val-Matic Valve and Mfg. Corp., President and CEO John V. Ballun will retire from the company on May 15, 2021. Steve Dalton will take over as President.

Over his tenure, Ballun served as Vice President of Engineering, launched the initial ISO 9001 certification process, and led the development of Val-Matic’s quarter-turn product lines. As President and CEO, he led the company through six years of sustained growth in the water and wastewater valve markets and recently oversaw the acquisition of Val-Matic Valve by A.Y. McDonald. He also represented Val-Matic for many years as a board member and past President of the Manufacturers’ Standardization Society (MSS). Ballun has published numerous articles on valve technology for the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) and contributed to several standard development organizations including the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Dalton, who began his career as a consulting engineer in the water works industry in Chicago, joined Val-Matic in 2011 and has BS and MS degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering along with Professional Engineering Registration. As Director of Engineering, he participated in standards developing organizations including AWWA, MSS, ASSE, and API. 

Allied Valve Acquires Edgen Murray's Valve Services Business

Barry Shoulders, President and CEO of Allied Valve, announced the acquisition of Edgen Murray Corporation’s Valve Services Business. Headquartered in Norwich, OH, Edgen Murray’s Valve Services Business is a nationally recognized pipeline service provider with deep expertise in line valve repair, particularly for ORBIT valves manufactured by Cameron, a Schlumberger company.

The new valve services group will be led by David McHugh, Vice President of Allied Valve’s Pipeline Services, along with Wes Kemper, a 30-year Cameron valve repair and service team leader, and Paul Warren, who currently runs Allied Valve’s pipeline valve and automation services team and has specialized in Shafer, Bettis, and EIM actuation products for more than 25 years. 

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