Southern Illinois University benefits from American Valve products For more than 100 years, American Valve has led the industrial valves market. Offering an extensive catalog, the Upstate New York-founded company now operates out of Greensboro, N.C. Perhaps the best-known product in the American Valve arsenal is the 4000 series valve. The 4000 series is a flanged ball valve offered in cast iron, ductile iron and 316 stainless steel. One of the most impressive features of this valve is its face-to-face measurements, which match that of a gate valve or plug valve. The 4000 series can be dropped in place to fix a gate or plug valve, which might be leaking or difficult to operate. Another key feature of the 4000 series is the makeup of the ball. American Valve matches the material of the ball to the valve, preventing any unwanted expansion or contraction in extreme temperatures. In addition, the ball is heated to 850° F and coated with PTFE. At this extreme temperature, the PTFE draws into the metal. This PTFE and metal hybrid material up against our PTFE seat means the torque required to operate the valve is far lower than any other valve type. The ability to drop in a 4000 series for replacement of a gate valve presents an interesting opportunity for a customer. This valve thrives in applications where an older plumbing system has been in place for long periods such as in hospitals, universities and institutions. Connor Co., based in Decatur, Ill., saw this opportunity and used it to its advantage. In 2005, Connor Co.’s Tom Eader saw a chance to show the 4000 to the plumbing and maintenance department at Southern Illinois University. He compared it to the gate valves installed at the time. The university was instantly impressed and excited to see the durability and ease of use for its application. “We switched to the 4000 series for its performance and reliability,” SIU Project Manager Michael Schoeppel says. Schoeppel and his team have become huge supporters of the valve, implementing it in numerous projects and applications across the campus. Randy Bateman, SIU’s plumbing fitting supervisor, has installed many 4000 valves across campus. In 2014, the university completed an $8.25 million renovation project in Pulliam Hall, which included two new air handlers and a chiller, all of which utilized American Valve’s 4000 series valves. With more than a century of outstanding sales and service, and exciting new products on the horizon, American Valve continues to lead the industry. American Valve is proud to be associated with such progressive and thoughtful distribution partners and end users as the Connor Co. And SIU. For more information visit www.americanvalve.com or call 800/645-0101.
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