Mike Miazga 2017-03-02 13:38:50
PVF ROUNDTABLE DEBUTS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP The PVF Roundtable continues to grow in more ways than one. The industrial pipe, valves and fittings networking group not only drew a massive crowd of more than 500 registrants to its winter meeting in January held at its new home in the Marriott Westchase in the west section of Houston, but also announced the debut of its Young Professionals Group. “There is a noticeable gap in the in the average age of PVF Roundtable members,” Nickel Piping Products Operations Manager Jeannie Ludwig told Supply House Times at the January PVF Roundtable. Ludwig is part of the PVF Roundtable Young planning committee. “We are seeing more young people attending the roundtable and this is a way to funnel more members into the roundtable. It’s a great way for younger people to network and get introduced to the industry and all it has to offer.” The Young Professionals Group has already held several networking events in the Houston area and Ludwig said the goal likely will be to hold quarterly gatherings, while also focusing on other initiatives such as fundraising and developing a Young Professionals-specific website. “There are young people who want to get involved,” Ludwig said. “These people are the future of the PVF Roundtable and a group like this is what will bridge the gap.There are a ton of young people involved at companies who are not involved with the roundtable. This is a way they can become involved.” The group’s first event drew an impressive 65 people to McIntyre’s Spirits and Friends in the Heights section of Houston, while the second event was slated to be held at Little Woodrow’s. Ludwig said there is no specific age limit, but noted the group is comprised of individuals ranging in ages from the 20s to the mid-40s. “The only qualification is you are young at heart,” she said with a laugh. Ludwig added the group will operate as a committee within the PVF Roundtable.“We’re all very excited about this,” she said. “We’ve received a lot of support. Our goal was to have 50 people at the first event and we had 65. Our goal is 75 for the next one.” Ludwig said the group is looking for sponsors for its upcoming meetings.Interested companies can contact her at email@example.com. In terms of the recent January gathering, PVF Roundtable President Joe Pro (Penn Machine) was thrilled with the turnout. “It’s beyond our expectations,” said Pro in a video interview available at www.supplyht.com/videos. “There are two big ballrooms and the ability to move around and network is incredible. The first meeting of the year is a good kickoff and a good opportunity to see friends and see where business is going. It’s all about networking and the chance to see upwards of 500 people at a single event.” Pro said the mood of the January meeting was different based on optimism surrounding business conditions in the industrial PVF space. “There is a sense of optimism and there also is some concern that it’s not quite sustainable at this point,” he said. “There’s been a lot of talk relative to the current administration, but until we see it turn into orders and progressive business, everybody is kind of holding their own right now.” The PVF Roundtable’s spring meeting will be held May 9 at the Marriott Westchase. A day earlier, the annual Don Caffee Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Sweetwater Country Club. Last year’s event raised nearly $50,000 for the PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund. Pro said the group has budgeted $150,000 for scholarships this year, which would bring the lifetime total of scholarship money raised to an impressive $500,000. —Mike Miazga WELDBEND AND BOLTEX APPLAUD ANTIDUMPING RULING Weldbend Corp. and Boltex Mfg. Co. Applauded late January preliminary determinations from the U. S. Department of Commerce in antidumping duty investigations concerning finished carbon steel flanges from India, Italy and Spain. This action follows the antidumping petitions filed by Weldbend and Boltex on June 30, 2016, with Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking the enforcement and compliance of Indian, Italian and Spanish manufacturers with U.S. and international trade laws. “We are greatly encouraged by Commerce’s preliminary determinations on the subject merchandise. These determinations continue the process of eliminating unfair trade practices by Indian, Italian and Spanish producers, which are in contravention of the law,” said James J. Coulas Jr., owner and president of Weldbend Corp. “These preliminary determinations vindicate our belief that producers of flanges from these countries have been selling their products in the United States at significant dumping margins. We hope that with the enforcement of trade rules and regulations through these investigations, a level playing field can be restored,” said Frank Bernobich, president and chairman of the board of Boltex. Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations on or about April 12, unless the statutory deadline is extended. OMB VALVES ANNOUNCES NEW DISTRIBUTION GROUP OMB Valves, the Stafford, Texas-based operation of the Italian-based valve manufacturer, recently announced it is reorganizing its industrial sales efforts, adding a new group that will be solely leading the efforts for the company’s distribution focus in addition to its already established project and butterfly valve divisions. OMB announced the hiring of Sandra Brumbaugh as vice president – sales/distribution to head up this distribution division. Brumbaugh has extensive experience in the industrial valve industry with 25 years’ experience in distribution sales, most recently as executive vice president–sales with Bonney Forge. Brumbaugh will be responsible for establishing the team that will support this emphasis within the OMB organization. As part of this effort, Wallace Hancock has been promoted to outside sales manager. Hancock has been with OMB for six years as project manager/inside sales. “We feel the timing is perfect to expand our efforts in this distribution area and we are making substantial investments in our Houston facility to accommodate the requirements of our customers and end-user base,” OMB Valves Managing Director Simone Brevi said. The OMB Valves group, headquartered in Cenate Sotto, Bergamo, Italy, is a diversified manufacturer of valves for the energy industries. OMB is a family-owned and -operated group that has become a globally recognized manufacturer of forged steel valves for the oil and gas industry, the company noted. The group operates one plant in Stafford, three plants in Italy (OMB, Fluicon and Calobri) and plants in Singapore, Korea and Saudi Arabia. OMB has direct presence in Scotland, England, Malaysia, Japan and China with its own subsidiaries and a distribution network that covers all the major oil producing countries. TOM MASON RETURNS TO THE COLLINS COMPANIES East Windsor, Conn.-based The Collins Companies recently hired Tom Mason as its territory sales manager for eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts. Mason will be responsible for generating sales out of the company’s Powerhouse Supply location in Newburyport, Mass. Mason brings more than 30 years of industrial sales experience in various markets including pulp and paper, chemical, pharmaceutical and power generation to his new role. “Tom was a significant contributor to our sales effort from 2004 to 2013. We were very sad to see him leave, which makes us even happier to have him back where he belongs,” The Collins Companies President Brian Tuohey said. Mason added: “It’s exciting to be back with the Collins team. This feels like I’m rejoining my family after an extended vacation.”
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