Mike Miazga 2014-11-05 23:49:55
PVF HAPPENINGS Express Pipe & Supply’s Ron Solloway is celebrating 50 years in the business. Solloway was hired in 1964 by Familian Pipe & Supply. Today, he works three doors west of the same intersection. The WM. Powell Co. (manufacturer of Powell Valves) recently named Michael Briningstool manager of shipping and receiving and store operations. He works out of the company’s Starflo manufacturing plant and distribution center in Manning, S.C. Louisiana Valve and Director of Sales and Business Development Kirt Hebert recently held a grand opening at its Pasadena, Texas, facility. For more information, visit www.lavalve.com. Deacon Industrial announced Mike Wokulich is now supporting the central Pennsylvania area as an account executive, while Colin Vail has joined the sales department and is participating in the company’s management program. Houston, Texas-based Installoy announced it is stocking tubing and coiled tubing in welded and seamless tube fittings, instrumentation pipe fittings and instrumentation valves. The company carries stocking grades 304L, 316L, 317L, Alloy 20, Super Duplex 2507, Alloy 400, Inconel 625, Alloy 825 and Alloy C276. PVF Roundtable raises additional scholarship funds The recent Trout Blast fishing event in Matagorda Bay, Texas, raised $25,000 for the PVF Roundtable’s scholarship fund, the organization announced at its fall gathering at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas. “We had people come in from all over the country and the PVF Roundtable members really got involved,” PVF Roundtable President Danny Westbrook (Westbrook Mfg.) Told Supply House Times in a video interview available at www.supplyht.com. “Brent Scheps, who has put on this tournament the last 13 years, has done a fantastic job. It’s great that he has allowed us to be part of this.” The fall PVF Roundtable drew another packed house with attendees taking full advantage of a new networking-focused format. “This group has been about networking and we thought it would be a good idea to try this format and see how it works,” Westbrook said. “The feedback has been all positive.” Westbrook said the group’s board of directors is talking about using the networking format in two of the four 2015 meetings. The first 2015 PVF Roundtable meeting takes place Feb. 10 at the Westin Galleria. In memoriam: Ralph Porter Sr. Ralph Porter Sr., the founder of Addison, Ill.-based Porter Pipe & Supply, died Oct. 12. He was 87. In 1976 at the age of 50 and with eight children in Catholic school, Porter founded Porter Supply Co. In Addison as a hydronic/ radiant wholesale supplier. Porter, who had an engineering and sales background, started the company with two employees — himself and son, Jim Porter, the company’s current president and co-owner along with brother, Bud Porter (Ralph Jr.). The company now employs 130 people. “Affectionately known by his employees as ‘Mr. P,’ he always was full of passion for life, his family and his life’s work,” the company said. “He routinely taught the importance of positive attitude, attention to detail, continuous learning and a desire for excellence. He has created an immeasurable legacy through his family and company. Our industry has been richly blessed by his life. The positive impact left by this wonderful man will be enjoyed by many people who will never know him. For those of us who did know him, we thank Mr. P for his sacrifice, dedication and passion.” Porter, a World War II veteran, was an active member and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and supported many charitable causes. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lita, eight children, 30 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
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