Mike Miazga 2017-01-05 01:20:37
POWELL VALVES VETERANS ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT Powell Valves longtime executives Jim Hengehold and Frank Parker retired at the end of 2016. Hengehold, senior vice president — Powell Engineering, joined the company in 1980 as a project engineer. He was mentored by Bob Koester and was promoted to assistant chief engineer and later succeeded Koester as chief engineer. He continued to rise with the Powell engineering department to the senior VP position he held at the time of his retirement. “I always have thought Jim is the best valve engineer in our industry,” The Wm. Powell Co. President, CEO and Chairman Randy Cowart said. “I thank Jim for being an important executive in the success of Powell Valves.” Parker, senior vice president Manning Mfg., started at Powell in 1960 in the company’s brass foundry and was promoted through supervisory positions in the plant and foundry. Parker was a member of the Powell family for more than 50 years. In 1975, Parker was named superintendent of Powell’s new steel commodity plant. He spearheaded the construction of the manufacturing plant in Manning, S.C., which began in 1981 and was later promoted to vice president of manufacturing in 1997, overseeing the plants in Manning and Orangeburg, S.C. “Frank’s leadership in our South Carolina plants has allowed Powell to become one of the top importer-exporters in the area,” Cowart said. VALVE WORLD EXPO DRAWS MORE THAN 12,350 VISITORS Valve World Expo Dusseldorf attracted 725 exhibitors from 40 countries on more than 215,000 sq. ft. Of exhibit space and 12,350 trade visitors from 88 nations. Show organizers noted despite taking place during a rather subdued business climate in the industrial fittings industry, Valve World Expo posted noticeable growth in both exhibitor numbers and square feet, making it the largest Valve World Expo in Dusseldorf so far. “As a key technology, industrial valves are indispensable for just about every segment of industry,” Messe Dusseldorf Managing Director Joachim Schafer said. “As an innovation platform and meeting point for this sector, Valve World Expo has developed into what is the international place to be today.” About 70% of visitors to the show came from countries other than Germany. Messe Dusseldorf noted some 50% were users of valves and valve producers, followed by valve dealers, service providers and other types of skilled trade. More than 60% of attendees had purchasing and decision-making authority. The U.S. version of Valve World Expo returns to Houston June 20-21. SVF FLOW CONTROLS MOVES HEADQUARTERS SVF Flow Controls, makers of industrial and custom-designed ball valves, actuators and controls, recently moved from Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to La Palma, Calif. The company now has 70,000 sq. ft. Of warehouse and office space, and is working to fill the additional warehouse space with additional inventory to better service the needs of its customers. “Our sales grew almost 20% in 2016, so we needed more space,” SVF Flow Controls President Wayne Ulanski said. “Plus, our new facility is a major upgrade. We are adding a large training room so engineers and designers can visit SVF and learn how our valve and automation products can handle today’s piping issues. We also are proud of our expanded production area, which makes us more efficient by saving time and improving quality as we assemble our products.” SVF plans to use a good portion of the additional space to offer new products in 2017. “We are looking forward to introducing a number of new products in 2017,” said Russ Chomiak, SVF sales director. “We needed the extra room our new La Palma facility gives us to increase our current inventory and to add all the new items we plan to introduce very soon.”
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