ARMSTRONG INTERNATIONAL AND F.W. WEBB EXPAND AGREEMENT Armstrong International named the F.W. Webb Process Controls Division its manufacturers representative for steam, condensate, hot water and heat-transfer products in the Northeast. Under an agreement announced by both companies, F.W. Webb, through its Process Controls Division, will serve as representative for all Armstrong thermal product lines, except for humidification. The agreement covers all six New England states, upstate New York and six counties in Pennsylvania. “The enhanced technical capability and systems expertise of the Process Controls Division complements the Armstrong product line and bolsters our solutions approach to solving customer problems,” said Tom Henry, Armstrong’s corporate director of global sales. “F.W. Webb and Armstrong are two multi-generational American companies that share the same values and long-term customer focus. We are delighted to appoint the Process Controls Division as our exclusive representative. ” F.W. Webb Process Controls Division General Manager Corey Post added: “To fully execute our expanded responsibilities for Armstrong thermal products, the Process Controls Division is creating a dedicated team within the division, called the Thermal Solutions Group. We are committing resources and expertise to Armstrong’s exceptional thermal products line to meet customer needs.” The F.W. Webb Process Controls Division provides essential products and services for engineered and process systems across many industries and customer types, including manufacturing, food/beverage production, power/energy producers, paper/pulp processors and medical facilities. Key products include: actuated, control and safety relief valves; flow meters; overpressure protection devices; instrumentation; automation controls and systems; and engineered systems. A full array of services – e.g., calibration, testing, diagnostic surveying, and preventive maintenance – enhance the Division’s quality product lines. “Combining the Armstrong thermal offering with complementary products and components from our other key manufacturers gives customers access to a complete thermal solution,” Post said. “Backed by highly trained Webb technicians, engineers and application specialists, our solutions-based approach provides customers the correct products and services for their unique and critical process needs.” DOC INITIATES MORE ANTIDUMPING INVESTIGATIONS The Department of Commerce recently announced the initiation of AD and CVD investigations of imports of stainless steel flanges from China and India. The investigations cover six general types of forged stainless steel flanges made in certain alloys, including: (1) weld neck, used in butt-weld line connections; (2) threaded, used for threaded line connections; (3) slipon, used to slide over pipe; (4) lap joint, used with stub-ends/butt-weld line connections; (5) socket weld, used to fit pipe into a machine recession; and (6) blind, used to seal offa line. Next step: The U.S. International Trade Commission was scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or before Oct. 2. If the ITC determines there is a reasonable indication that imports of stainless steel flanges from China and/or India materially injure or threaten material injury to the domestic industry in the United States, the investigations will continue, and the department will be scheduled to announce its preliminary CVD determinations in November 2017, and its preliminary AD determinations in January 2018, though these dates may be extended. If the ITC’s determinations are negative, the investigations will be terminated. AD BUYING GROUP CANCELS NATIONAL MEETINGS With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the state of Florida, Wayne, Pa.-based marketing/ buying group AD cancelled its AD North American meetings in Kissimmee, Fla., in early September for its PHCP and Decorative Brands divisions. The meetings were to take place at the Gaylord Palms resort. “While it is regretful that we will miss our time together, our utmost concern is for our attendees’ safety,” AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg communicated to registrants the week before the event. “While no one knows for certain the path the hurricane will take in the days ahead, most models suggest Orlando and environs will be negatively impacted and that major travel disruptions will occur. We are not willing to risk the safety of our members, suppliers or associates on the chance these models and concerns prove unwarranted.” ANVIL INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES GRINNELL MECHANICAL PRODUCT SUITE Anvil International, a North American manufacturer and supplier of products that connect, hang and support piping systems, announced it has acquired the Grinnell mechanical product suite for the North American mechanical business, including grooved couplings, fittings and valves, G-Press systems, technical services and the Anniston, Ala., foundry. Johnson Controls will retain the Grinnell Fire Suppression business globally. “This acquisition broadens our product portfolio, increases our design-service capabilities and brings us additional strength to our salesforce,” said Dean Taylor, vice president of Anvil International. “Our team is very excited about bringing the industry the Gruvlok and Grinnell grooved combination.” Anvil CEO Tom Fish added: “We continue to look to expand our product offering and give our customers a choice of joining methods and products. This acquisition is a nice strategic fit for Anvil as we look to expand our business.”
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