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ABOUT THE VALVE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA: Founded in 1938, the Washington, DC-based Valve Manufacturers Association of America represents nearly 100 North American manufacturers of valves, actuators and controls. Members account for approximately 80% of total industrial valve shipments out of U.S. and Canadian facilities. The North American valve industry supplies approximately 35% of worldwide valve demand, and VMA member companies employ 30,000 men and women in supporting jobs. VMA is the only organization exclusively serving U.S. and Canadian manufacturers of industrial valves, actuators and controls. Products manufactured by members are used in numerous industries, including: chemical processing; petroleum refining; oil and gas exploration, distribution and transmission; power generation; nuclear power; water/wastewater; commercial construction; and pulp and paper. VMA is also publisher of VALVE Magazine, written for buyers, specifiers, users and distributors of industrial valves, actuators and controls.


NEWS RELEASES: 2016

VMA PREDICTS MOST OF VALVE INDUSTRY WILL BE FLAT IN 2016

(February 17, 2016 – Washington, DC) For the first time since 2009, U.S. industrial valve shipments are predicted to have almost no growth in 2016, according to the annual forecast of the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA). VMA’s forecast indicates shipments will be up just $3 million over 2015 to be about $4.5 billion total.

“Our industry crested in 2008 at about $4 billion before taking a tumble from the recession. We’ve been slowly gaining ground ever since, but this is the first year we’re predicting little to no growth,” says VMA President Bill Sandler.

“One of the reasons for the flatness from 2014 to 2015 is that the petroleum and power industries have encountered significant downturns, which affects our overall numbers,” he adds. 

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NEWS RELEASES: 2014

VMA DISTRIBUTOR/CHANNEL PARTNER MEMBERSHIP OFF TO A GREAT START 

(March 14, 2014 – Washington, DC) The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) has announced the addition of its fifth distributor/channel partner member. Last year, the VMA membership overwhelmingly approved a change in the VMA bylaws to expand the Associate Membership category to include distributors/channel partners serving the industrial valve, actuator and control industry, if they meet certain criteria. 

In addition to the first five members, VMA has received inquiries from many others, with several more expected to join the association in the next few months.

VMA distributor/channel partner members are:



APRIL 2-3: VALVE BASICS SEMINAR & EXHIBITS TO TAKE PLACE IN KANSAS CITY

(Feb. 6, 2014—Washington, DC) The Valve Manufacturing Association (VMA)’s next Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course will take place April 2-3 at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, MO. In response to the growing popularity of the course since it launched in 2009, VMA recently expanded the program from one-and-a-half to two full days.

Originally created specifically for newcomers to the industry, the event has received such rave reviews that it has become popular among a much larger group. The seminar brings together employees and supervisors of the plants that use valves, actuators and controls with distributors and sales reps who want to better understand the products they sell. Personnel from valve manufacturing companies are in the classroom with staff that specify and purchase valves and related equipment. They learn together with engineers in the early phase of their careers, as well as advanced-level mechanical engineering students (whose attendance is sponsored by VMA’s educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc.).

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NEWS RELEASES: 2013

VALVE BASICS ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM SET TO LAUNCH FALL 2013

  • First online offering of VMA’s popular Valves & Actuators 101
  • Participants will receive 6 professional development hours
  • Affordable entry-level valve training available for industry newcomers around the world
(Sept. 18, 2013—Washington, DC) Although VMA’s entry-level basics seminars have been extremely popular since introduced to the industry in 2009, the association has worked for a long time toward a broader way to reach people hungry for knowledge. That goal has been accomplished in the form of VMA’s Valve Basics Online Program (VBOT).
"When VMA’s Education & Training Committee began developing the Valves & Actuators 101 program in 2009, we knew we wanted to offer the course in different ways. The first leg of that program was twice yearly, instructor-led seminars,” says Greg Johnson, chairman of the committee and president of United Valve. However, the sheer need created by a graying workforce and the broad desire for a way to train newcomers to the industry meant a tool was needed to reach many more people than could attend those seminars.

Since the younger generation is so attuned to working in a digital environment, creating an online channel was really a "no brainer,” Johnson acknowledges.


 
EXPANDED VALVE BASICS EDUCATION PROGRAM SET FOR NOV. 6 & 7 IN NEW ORLEANS
  • The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) developed this course to help industry newcomers
  • The education seminar offers in-depth sessions on valve, actuator and control fundamentals
  • November event has been expanded to two full days
  • Hands-on learning is featured during the "Valve Petting Zoo”
(Sept. 1, 2013—Washington, DC) In response to the popularity of its Valves & Actuators 101 course, the VMA has now expanded the program from one-and-a-half to two full days.

Originally created for newcomers to the industry, the event has received such rave reviews that it has become popular among a much larger group. The seminar brings together employees and supervisors of the plants that use valves, actuators and controls with distributors and sales reps who want to better understand the products they sell. Personnel from valve manufacturing companies are in the classroom with staff that specify and purchase valves and related equipment. They learn together with engineers in the early phase of their careers, as well as advanced-level mechanical engineering students (whose attendance is sponsored by VMA’s educational foundation, the Friends of the Crawford Library, Inc.).

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VALVES & ACTUATORS 101 COURSE SET FOR VALVE WORLD AMERICAS EVENT
  • VMA’s one-day 101 program takes place June 24, 2013 in Houston.
  • This Valve Ed program has been developed for industry newcomers and for those needing a refresher course on the fundamentals.
  • Registration is through the Valve World Americas website at www.valveworldamericas.com/vma.
  • Contact Judy Tibbs, VMA director of education, for more information (phone 894.639.1365).

(May 23, 2013—Washington, DC) The second Valve World Americas 2013 Expo & Conference begins at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on June 25, 2013, but the great opportunities for learning start even before the conference. The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) is offering a one-day version of its Valves & Actuators 101 education program, designed to jump-start the career of industry newcomers or provide a refresher on valve, actuator and control basics. VMA member presenters will discuss the major valve and actuator types from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, June 24. Attendees at the course receive a certificate of completion, CD with presentations, lunch and afternoon snack, plus complimentary entrance to the expo.

 

The 2013 Valve World Americas Expo & Conference is the perfect complement to the valves and actuators course as it will provide an international, yet American-focused platform for the ongoing technical and commercial exchange of information and experiences on the latest technologies, developments and products for our industry. Many of the steering committee members come from VMA member companies and their end-user clients.


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U.S. INDUSTRIAL VALVE SHIPMENTS TO GROW 3% IN 2013

Continued growth bodes well for economy


(March 19, 2013—Washington, DC) Shipments for the U.S. industrial valve industry will grow 3% in 2013, increasing to nearly $4.3 billion, according to figures released by the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) as part of its annual market forecast. The increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growth following the recession, and exceeds the industry’s previous 10-year peak in 2008.

"As VMA starts its 75th year, I’m optimistic about the outlook for our industry. We have rebounded from the downturn, which is a good sign for us and the overall economy. If the end users of our products are ordering from us, then they too are producing,” explained VMA President William Sandler. "I’m also proud of VMA’s important role in strengthening an industry that is the backbone for so many others and that stands out for its level of excellence.” …

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ALSO AVAILABLE:
ANNUAL SHIPMENTS BY VALVE TYPE (2003-2012)
ANNUAL SHIPMENTS – 10-YEAR TREND
END-USER SHARE OF MARKET (2013)
 

 
 

NEWS RELEASES: 2012

 
VMA’S VALVE BASICS EDUCATION PROGRAM SET FOR DENVER, OCT. 11-12
  • The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) developed this course to help industry newcomers
  • Education seminar offers in-depth sessions on valve, actuator and control fundamentals
  • Hands-on learning is featured during the "Valve Petting Zoo”
  • For more information, contact Judy Tibbs, director of education (jtibbs@vma.org or 804-639-1365).

(July 23, 2012—Washington, DC)
VMA’s Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits has drawn more than 600 people since it launched in 2009. This one-and-a-half-day program will be held in Denver at the Crowne Plaza Denver – International Airport, Oct. 11-12, 2012.

Attendees are those who want to learn the basics of industrial valves, Oct. 11-12 in Denver. At the heart of the seminar is the Valves & Actuators 101 course, which consists of lessons that guide attendees through the world of valves and the systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into the more complicated automated products, including actuators and controls.

VALVE SHIPMENTS UP IN 2011, WITH MORE GROWTH PROJECTED FOR 2012

Domestic shipments as well as exports to rise WASHINGTON, DC


(Feb. 10, 2012) — For the third year in a row, shipments for the U.S. and Canadian industrial valve industry will grow, rising to about $4 billion in 2012, according to the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA). That’s a rise of about 2.2% from 2011 levels of $3.915 billion and equal to the industry’s 10-year peak in 2008. The figures were released as part of VMA’s annual market forecast.

"Although the rise is slight compared to some year-to-year increases early in this decade, the fact that we witnessed three years of growth through a difficult economy shows how strong the valve industry is,” says VMA Chairman Bruce Broxterman, president of Richards Industries. "We expect the gains to continue over the next few years,” he adds. ...

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ALSO AVAILABLE: DISTRIBUTION FORECAST BY END-USER INDUSTRIES (2003-2012)




HOUSTON IS THE SITE OF NEXT VALVE BASICS COURSE, MARCH 6-7
  • Education seminar offers in-depth sessions on valve, actuator and control fundamentals
  • Hands-on learning is featured during the "Valve Petting Zoo”
  • The Valve Manufacturers Association developed this course to help industry newcomers
(Feb. 3, 2012—Washington, DC) The next Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits, an event that has drawn more than 500 people who want to learn the basics of industrial valves, is March 6-7 in Houston. The March session of the one-and-a-half-day program will be held at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake.

At the heart of the seminar is the Valves & Actuators 101 course, which consists of lessons that guide attendees through the world of valves and the systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into the more complicated automated products, including actuators and controls.


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NEW RELEASES: 2011

VALVE & ACTUATORS BASICS COURSE, OCT. 26-27, INCLUDES HANDS-ON LEARNING
  • Education seminar offers in-depth sessions on valve, actuator and control fundamentals
  • Valve Manufacturers Association developed course to help newcomers to the industry
(Sept. 19, 2011) Because of the popularity of the "Valve Petting Zoo,” introduced at VMA’s last Valves & Actuators 101 course in Calgary, Alberta, it will be carried over for the next education event, Oct. 26-27 in Rosemont (Chicago), IL.

This unique hands-on experience was developed in response to requests by participants of previous seminars, who had asked for time to "touch and feel” examples of the many products discussed during the course. Attendees are led in small groups around to tables where valves, actuators and controls are displayed. At each station, an industry expert is on hand to answer specific questions about the products and further explain how they work.


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VMA LAUNCHES VALVE INDUSTRY BUYER’S GUIDE

(May 26, 2011) Many valve directories can be found online, but for buyers seeking valves, actuators and controls made and engineered in the U.S. or Canada, there’s only one place to go – the Valve Industry Buyer’s Guide at www.ValveIndustryBuyersGuide.com.


The Valve Industry Buyer’s Guide has been produced under the auspices of the Valve Manufacturers Association of America (www.vma.org), with sales and marketing conducted by YourMembership.com (www.YourMembership.com), a leading global provider of online communities and Web-based membership software.



VALVE SHIPMENTS UP IN 2010, WITH MORE GROWTH PREDICTED FOR 2011

Domestic shipments remain steady, while exports to rise

(Feb. 18, 2011) For the second year in a row, shipments for the U.S. and Canadian industrial valve industry will grow, rising to about $3.91 billion in 2011, according to the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA). That’s a rise of about 1.5% from 2010 levels of $3.85 billion and within reach of the industry’s 10-year peak in 2008 of about $4 billion. The figures were released as part of VMA’s annual market forecast.

 

"Although the rise is slight compared to some year-to-year increases early in this decade, the fact that we’ve managed to maintain steady momentum through a difficult economy shows how strong the valve industry is," according to VMA’s Chairman Max Mitchell, President for Crane Fluid Handling Group. "We expect the gains to continue at even faster rates over the next few years," he said.

 

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ALSO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING: ANNUAL SHIPMENTS BY END-USER INDUSTRIES (2002-2011)


 

VALVES & ACTUATORS 101 COURSE EXPANDS TO 2 DAYS


Education seminars to offer more in-depth sessions, hands-on experience, tips on specifying

(Feb. 8, 2011—Washington, DC) Planners of the Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits program have listened to past attendees’ suggestions and expanded the popular program to a two-day event.

The last program, which was held Oct. 28, 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA, had more than 100 attendees—end users, distributors, valve and actuator manufacturers and suppliers, and university students. Sponsored by the Valve Manufacturers Association, the seminar consisted of a six-hour Valves & Actuators 101 education session covering valves, actuators, controls and other need-to-know information for those working in the valve and actuator industry and the industries that use these products.


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CRANE FLUIDING HANDLING’S MAX MITCHELL TO GUIDE VMA IN 2011

 

Industry well-positioned to handle globalization challenges

 

(Feb. 1, 2011—Washington, DC) The manufacturing industry in the U.S. faces significant challenges because of globalization but the valve industry is well positioned to pursue the opportunities, just as it was well-positioned to face the recent economic slowdown, according to Max Mitchell, who was elected chairman of the Valve Manufacturers Association in late 2010. Mitchell is group president – Crane Fluid Handling, Stamford, Connecticut.

 

"Being able to compete with the thousands of new companies that are all over the world today is a challenge for the entire manufacturing world,” Mitchell explains. "In the valve industry, that means finding the best way to support our customers and new ways to distribute our products and find new customers. But it also means being able to maintain control over quality when our supply chain is stretched all over the world,” he adds.


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NEWS RELEASES: 2010

 


VALVE & ACTUATOR SEMINAR ATTENDEES WILL GET 'BACK TO BASICS'

Oct. 28 educational program in Baton Rouge designed for a broad audience

 

(Aug. 24, 2010—Washington, DC ) One of the most recognized issues in the manufacturing world today is the need for information and education on the basics of how industries operate. Now valve and actuator professionals have a new tool for learning about their industry: the Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibition, to be held Oct. 28, 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The six-hour education program—Valves & Actuators 101—was created by the Valve Manufacturers Association as part of its new "Valve Ed” initiative. It is designed both for newcomers to the industry and those who need a refresher course in how the industry operates, the challenges and opportunities, the many product types, and how different products work for different applications. The information in the course is suitable for a wide variety of professionals such as end users, specifying engineers, marketing and sales personnel, distributors and others.


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DECLINE OF LAST YEAR EXPECTED TO REVERSE


End users will see growth; manufacturing will follow

 

(March 24, 2010—Washington, DC) The valve industry appears to be have stabilized and will probably see some minor growth this year, according to an annual forecast of valve shipments in the U.S. and Canada by Valve Manufacturers Association. While the industry declined last year for the first time in a decade, the drop was only 5%, which compared to some other industries, was not severe. For 2010, the forecast is for shipments to be $3.855 billion, which is higher than last year's $3.802 billion. Growth in the amount of valves that end-user industries ordered over the last year occurred across the industry with only a few exceptions; and projected orders for 2010 will be about 1.4% over 2009, with the largest growth occurring in the chemical industry.


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NEWS RELEASES: 2009

FISHER’S MIKE MASON TO LEAD ASSOCIATION IN 2010


Challenges abound, but new chairman sees slow growth ahead


(Dec. 22, 2009—Washington, DC)
–Valve Manufacturers Association Chairman Mike Mason knows he's taking over his responsibilities during a difficult time. But his attitude has been honed by more than 35 years in the business, most of it with one company—Fisher. He's currently executive vice president of the Fisher Division of Emerson Process Management.

Mason was elected as 2009/2010 chairman of VMA at its annual business meeting, held Oct. 3, 2009 in Palm Beach, FL. Also elected to leadership positions were Max Mitchell, president of Crane's Fluid Handling Group, who is now VMA's vice chairman, and Bruce Broxterman, president of Richards Industries, who is program chairman for the 2010 annual meeting.


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ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAS BEGUN, SPEAKERS SAY


Most industries looking at 2010 for relief and 2011 for real growth

 

(Sept. 15, 2009—Washington, DC) Although most of the manufacturing and related industries have suffered pain in the last two years, speakers at the recent VMA Market Outlook Workshop had many positive points to make this year. In fact, if one theme arose from the workshop, it was that recovery is already on its way, though it may take awhile to get back up to speed. The annual workshop, which was August 12 to 14 in Chicago, is sponsored by the Valve Manufacturers Association, which invited 13 well-known economic experts to gaze into the near- and long-term future of various segments of the valve and actuator industry.


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PA PRECISION CAST PARTS APPROVED AS VMA ASSOCIATE MEMBER


(Aug. 19, 2009)
The VMA Board of Directors approved the application of PA Precision Cast Parts, Inc. for associate membership. Their official VMA rep. is Marketing/Sales Manager Michael Dissinger. PA Precision Cast Parts is the 13th new ember added in 2009 (6 full and 7 associate).

PA Precision Cast Parts, Inc. was started in 1983 in Lebanon, PA and is owned by Richard L. Miller, Jr. PPCP, an investment casting foundry, has grown to $15,000,000 in sales and employs approximately 150



VALVE INDUSTRY'S MODEST DECLINE WILL BE SHORT-LIVED


Reason for optimism, despite projected downturn

 

(April 7, 2009—Washington, DC) As in many industries, the last decade has been kind to the U.S. and Canadian industrial valve industry, which has seen a steady climb in sales and profits. But valve and actuator shipments rise and fall with the fate of the industries in which they are used, from power generation and chemical processing, to oil & gas and water/wastewater. Now, with many of those industries on a downward track, the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) estimates a 5% decrease in industrial valve shipments in 2009 — the first such decrease in a decade.


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INTERSTATE SPECIALTY PRODUCTS JOINS VMA AS ASSOCIATE MEMBER

 

(Apr. 6, 2009—Washington, DC) VMA welcomes Interstate Specialty Products (ISP) of Sutton, MA as its newest associate member. Started in 1963, ISP converts and distributes custom solutions for Science and Industry. The company specializes in precision die cutting and fabrication of plastics, filter media, specialty elastomers and custom gaskets from a multitude of materials. ISP also stocks a complete line of Porex Porous Plastics sheets, rods and tubes.

 


VMA WELCOMES THREE NEW MEMBERS

 

(Jan. 28, 2009—Washington, DC) Earlier this week, at its annual Leadership Forum in Charleston, SC, the VMA Board of Directors approved the membership of three new companies. Western Valve and Kinetrol USA, Inc. are now full members, and American Foundry Group is VMAs newest associate member.


Western Valve
, based out of Bakersfield, CA, manufactures plug valves for use in terminals. Kinetrol USA, located in Plano, TX, manufactures rotary vane actuators, switches and positioners. Associate member American Foundry Groupmanufactures all types of casts for steel valves and calls Bixby, OK home.

 


NEWS RELEASES: 2008


WINTER 2009 ISSUE OFFERS MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR VALVE USERS



(Dec. 1, 2008—
Washington, DCValve Magazine, the official publication of the Valve Manufacturers Association, kicks off another year of publication with the scheduled mid-January 2009 release of its Winter 2009 issue. With the economy on everyone's mind, we'll be presenting an article on "Money-Saving Tips for Tough Times,” sure to be of help to valve buyers and users, as well as other plant personnel who strive to make their plants run at peak efficiency. In addition, the upcoming issue will include another in the magazine's popular Back to Basics series on "The Globe Valve,” one of our industry's oldest and most essential valves.

We also offer a preview of one of the topics to be covered at VMA's Technical Seminar on Valve Design and Material Considerations for Product Globalization, to be held March 6-7, 2009, in Charleston, SC. Read this article to learn the answer to the question, "Are Your Castings of the Highest Quality?” Also slated to appear in the winter issue: "Diagnostic Software for Control Valves” and an article for beginners on "Steam: The Energy Fluid.”

Additional articles will cover maintenance & repair tips for safety-relief valves, steam traps, materials, and numerous products and projects. Watch for special sections on technology/software and products used in HVAC/commercial applications.

Send editorial for consideration to editor Judy Tibbs. To subscribe toValve Magazine, either the print or digital edition, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it click here. For information on advertising in the magazine, website or our new online publication, eVMnews, contact Sue Partyke.

 


VMA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND ONLINE COMMUNITY

 

(Nov. 14, 2008—Washington, DC) The Valve Manufacturers Association of America has unveiled the latest version of VMA.org, which offers many new features including:

  • An online community to enable members to form groups and connect with others who share similar interest.
  • The opportunity for VMA members to directly update their member profiles and contact information.
  • The VMA Store, which members and others can use to purchase all products offered by VMA, from Event Registrations to Publications.
  • A VMA News & Press Room, which will serve as a repository of the latest association news and statistics.

 

Because the new website is "a work in progress," members and other visitors may have questions about how to navigate and use the site. Contact Bob O'Haravia email or call 202-331-8105 x307.



VMA ADDS TO ROSTER DURING FOURTH QUARTER


Association welcomes 3 new members

 

(Nov. 14, 2008—Washington, DC) VMA is pleased to announce that the board has approved the membership of Portland Valve LLC, GA Industries LLC, and Quadrant EPP.

 

Established in 1996, new supplier member Quadrant EPP develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance polymer materials in the form of semi-finished and finished products. The company's official VMA rep is Eric Edwards, Global Market Segment Manager. Quadrant is located at 2120 Fairmont Ave., Reading, PA 77478 (phone: 281-565-6071).

GA Industries LLC, a former member of the association, makes a wide range of water control products for municipal, industrial and hydropower applications. Jeff Mawhinney, Sales Manager, will serveas VMA'sofficial rep. The company is located at9025 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066 (phone: 724.776.1020).

 

VMA is also pleased to welcome back Portland Valve LLC, a manufacturer of valves, actuators, components, sub-assemblies and fabrications, which are primarily installed on U.S. Navy ships. Portland Valve also specializes in products for Army systems and various commercial applications including power generation, aircraft, electronics, oil & gas and commercial shipbuilding industries. Chuck Keller is the official rep. The company's address is 1 Madison Street, P.O. Box 2888, South Portland, ME 04116-2888 (phone: 207.799.1944).



SAM BENNARDO OF AUMA ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF VALVE MANUFACTURERS


Economic Challenge is Top Initiative

 

(Oct. 25, 2008—Tucson, AX) Sam Bennardo, president of AUMA Actuators. Inc., has been elected 2009 chairman of the Valve Manufacturers Association of America, headquartered in Washington, DC.

 

Bennardo began his term following VMA's annual meeting, held Oct. 23-25 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. Following the event, Bennardo said, "It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Chairman of the VMA. The VMA is a group of dedicated men and women in an industry that is integral to the basic needs of the global economy.”

One of Bennardo's primary initiatives in 2009 is "to provide VMA members with the strategic information and direction we will need to navigate the uncertainties in the year ahead. The valve industry has been strong but we are cognizant of the economic challenges that lie in 2009 and beyond.”

 

Located in Canonsburg, Penn., AUMA Actuators, Inc. has been manufacturing valve actuators for more than 40 years and is a major supplier of electric actuators and manual operators to industry. Before joining AUMA in 1992, Bennardo held various management positions in accounting and finance, and served as executive vice president of SMS Sutton Engineering, Inc.

 

Bennardo was preceded as chairman by Steve Twellman, president and CEO of Global Flow Technologies. Twellman will continue on the VMA board as immediate past chairman.

 

Elected to the position of VMA vice chairman for 2009 is Mike Mason, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­executive vice president, Fisher Controls, Marshalltown, Iowa. Max Mitchell, president, Fluid Handling Group, Crane Co., Stamford, Conn., will serve as VMA's program chairman for 2009.

 

In addition, the following were elected to serve on the VMA Board for a three-year term: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Mark Cordell, director of sales and vice president – distributed valves, Cameron Valves & Measurement, Houston, Texas; Ed Holtgraver, CEO, QTRCO, Inc., Tomball, Texas; Rick Lundgren, president of Tyco Flow Control, Americas, Houston, Texas; and Ivan Velan, executive vice president and chairman of the board, Velan Valve, Inc., Montreal, Quebec. Tom Pajonas, vice president of Flowserve Corp. and president of the Flow Control Division, Irving, Texas, was elected for a second three-year term.

 

Continuing on the board are: Bruce Broxterman, president, Richards Industries, Cincinnati, Ohio; Don Curtin, president, Conval, Inc., Somers, Conn.; Douglas Dunn, vice president finance and business controls for Metso Automation USA, Northborough, Mass.; Larry Elliott, president, EIM Controls, Houston, Texas; David Linton, president, Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corp., Falls Church, Va.; and David Moser, president, DFT, Inc., Exton, Penn.

 


VMA INVITES VALVE PROFESSIONALS TO VISIT ITS STAND AT INTERNATIONAL VALVE EVENT


Valve World Exhibition 2008 to be held Nov. 4-6

 

(June 4, 2008—Washington, DC) Imagine an entire trade show devoted to valves, piping and flow control! That's Valve World 2008, Nov. 4-6 in Maasstricht, The Netherlands, where the Valve Manufacturers Association and Valve Magazine will be exhibiting at stand (booth) S919.

 

The Valve Manufacturers Association/Valve Magazine exhibit will not only feature VMA's latest offerings—including the 2008 North American Catalog of Valve and recent issues ofValve Magazine—there will also be materials from a number of VMA member companies on display. Attendees are invited to stop by and pick up a FREE copy of the Valve Catalog—while supplies last!

 

Industry professionals will be able update their knowledge of valve applications in a variety of sectors of the valveindustry. Bringing together professionals from the global market place, this three-day event offers an excellent opportunity to meet with suppliers of valves, auxiliaries, materials and services, as well as engineers, end users and valve industry decision makers.

 

The sold-out Valve World Exhibition 2008 is set to be the largest event to date, with 375 valve indusry companies from around the world with to showcase their products, services and personality in front of a crowd likely to surpass 10,000 visitors.The Valve World Conference will be held in parallel to the exhibition, and will be open to all with an itnerest in the industry from students through seasonsed professionals.

 

For information regarding all aspects of the Valve World Conference & Exhibition 2008, including details on the conference program, lists of exhibitors, networking events and registration information, please go to http://www.valve-world.net/



VALVEMAGAZINE.COM COMPLETELY REVAMPED


Magazine site now offers exclusive web content and daily news updates

 

(May 5, 2008—Washington, DC) ValveMagazine.com, a companion to the quarterly Valve Magazine, published by the Valve Manufacturers Association, has relaunched with an all-new format and exclusive web content. The new website is designed to provide a community for industry professionals to learn about and discuss topics of importance to those who use, sell, buy, specifiy, distribute and make valves, controls and actuators.

 

Among the new features on the website are: web-exclusive articles developed especially for ValveMagazine.com; a Valve Industry Blog; daily news updates on valve manufacturing and a variety of industries that use valves; a complete list of articles published during the past 15 years; and much more. With content being updated numerous times a week and other new features in the works, be sure to put the site in your favorites list and check back regularly.

 


VALVE MAGAZINE LAUNCHES DIGITAL VERSION OF MAGAZINE


Free site has entire issue of magazine, complete with ads, live links and searches

 

(April 15, 2008—Washington, DC) A digital magazine is so much more than just reading text on a web page. Find out about this cutting-edge technology by going to ValveMagazine-digital.com. Readers will find that the digital version of Valve Magazine contains everything that is in the print version, plus more! No special software or lengthy download is required.

 

Each page is an exact replica of the printed page; every editorial page and every ad page is viewable. In addition, all links--both websites and emails--are live (meaning you can click right through to an advertiser, check out a website mentioned in an article, or send an email to an author. Furthermore, a comprehensive

 

Digital magazines are becoming increasingly more popular and provide an alternative for readers who like to have their industry publications available for viewing right on their computers. In addition, a digital publication provides an excellent way to increase foreign distribution and eliminate the problems and high costs of sending print publications around the world.



VMA FORECASTS INDUSTRIAL VALVE SHIPMENTS FOR 2008

Association calls for $4 billion in shipments, up from $3.8 billion in 2007

 

(Feb. 29. 2008—Washington, DC) VMA's forecast for 2008 calls for industrial valve shipments to total $4 billion in 2008, up from $3.8 billion in 2007. Valves are supplied to a number of different end-user industries, with the largest number of North American Valves being used in Water & Wastewater (16.3%), Chemical (16.3%), Petroleum Production (12.3%), Petroleum Refining (11.5%) and Power Generation (11.1%). Other industries served include Pulp & Paper (6.3%), Oil & Gas Transmission (5.7%) and Commercial Construction (5.4%). For a complete listing of valves sold by industry, including a 10-year history, click here.

 

In addition, VMA has released a 10-year history of industrial valve shipments by product type. In 2007, Automated Valves were the biggest sellers, representing $1181.4 million of the $3.8 billion sold by North American industrial valve makers. Ball Valves ranked second, with sales of $690 million, followed by Gate, Globe and Check Valves ($556 million), Industrial Butterfly Valves ($385.5 million), Plug Valves ($252 million) and Pressure-Relief Valves ($219.5). To view a history of valve shipments by product type from 1997-2007, click here.




VMA PUBLISHES 8TH EDITION OF NORTH AMERICAN CATALOG OF VALVES

Resource is available in print and online

 

(Feb. 12, 2008—Washington, DC) The North American Catalog of Valves—a sourcebook for buyers of valves, actuators and controls—is now available in both a print edition and as an Online "Product Finder." The catalog features 65 VMA members and more than 40 product categories. In addition to a 4-page product matrix, and quarter-page listings for all participating VMA members, the print catalog also contains information about different types of valve applications, as well as a valve specification checklist. The 56-page catalog can be ordered from The VMA Storefor $29.95 ($24.95 for members) + $6.00 shipping/handling.

 

The Online Product Finder features the same companies as the print edition, but adds an interactive component. Users can click on the type of product they are seeking, and then receive a list of manufacturers who make that product. Or, by clicking on one of the companies, a page opens up with detailed information about that company, as well as the types of products manufactured.

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