ASA’s IPD Attends PVF Roundtable Meeting The May 18 meeting of the PVF Roundtable included a visit from ASA’s Industrial Piping Division Council, chaired by Pat Adams of MKS Pipe & Valve Co., and featured an open bar courtesy of Westbrook Manufacturing. The social hour provides a networking opportunity for hundreds of attendees. Aalberts Buys Conbraco Dutch-owned Aalberts Industries N. V. has reached agreement with the management of Conbraco Industries Inc. to acquire 100% of the shares. The acquisition is expected to be fi nalized by mid-July 2010. Conbraco Industries operates three manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and generates annual revenues of approximately $200 million. Conbraco President Glenn Mosack and his management team will remain with the company. RathGibson Emerges From Bankruptcy RathGibson announced its emergence from bankruptcy and transition of ownership to an investment group led by Wayzata Investment Partners. The name has changed from RathGibson Inc. to Rath- Gibson LLC. Headquartered close to Chicago in Lincolnshire, IL, RathGibson is a worldwide manufacturer of stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing for diverse industries, such as petrochemical, power generation, oil and gas, food and dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical, and general commercial. Weldbend/IPD Corral Da Coach “NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE,” the annual convention of the American Supply Association slated for Oct. 12-15 in Chicago, will include legendary NFL football player and coach Mike Ditka as guest speaker at the Weldbend IPD Breakfast. Ditka will share his philosophy on attitude, character and enthusiasm. Also on the agenda is PVF notable Don McNeeley, president and COO of Chicago Tube and Iron Corp., and professor at Northwestern University’s Graduate School of Engineering. He will speak on the “Industry Outlook.” Keynote speaker for NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE will be renowned political strategist and former White House advisor Karl Rove
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