Jim Olsztynski 0000-00-00 00:00:00
PVF People In Transition The month of December brought with it a host of major personnel transitions within the PVF industry, including a couple of sad ones. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. December brought news of two deaths of respected PVF industry citizens. Especially sad was the passing of Jim Lafferty, part owner and sales manager with fittings manufacturer Pennsylvania Machine Works, who succumbed on Dec. 1 at the tender age of 40 after fighting a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Instead of letting his illness define him, in his final years Lafferty passionately promoted prostate cancer awareness and, despite being in pain, was the top fundraiser for three years by walking in Philadelphia’s “Gary Papa Run 4 Your Life” event. “I’ve never had a bad day” was his watchword, even after being stricken. Also passing away in December was George LaBollita, a longtime PVF veteran who had been serving as Executive Vice President of California-based pipe distributor Kelly Pipe Co.Until his retirement in 2006. Our condolences go out to the families, friends and former business associates of these gentlemen. PIPING & EQUIPMENT INC. (HOUSTON) On the brighter side, one of the PVF industry’s most admired people, Gary Cartright, announced his well-deserved retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2011, as president of Houston’s Piping and Equipment Inc., after 43 years with the company. Cartright was the 2009 recipient of the ASA Industrial Piping Division’s Award of Excellence, the industry’s most prestigious honor. Replacing him as P&E president is former sales VP Jerry McKeller. Other major appointments spurred by Cartright’s retirement include: • Georgia Branch has been promoted from regional manager-central operations to vice president-sales. • Dennis Spahr was promoted from general manager of administrative services to vice president-operations and administration. • Robert Pulliam was promoted from inside sales manager to regional manager of central operations. • William Ridgway moved up from corporate purchasing agent to manager of purchasing and materials management. Deacon Industrial Supply (King of Prussia, PA) PVF distributor Deacon Industrial Supply Co. Appointed Bill Hardie to chief financial officer. He is a CPA who, prior to joining Deacon, worked in Philadelphia for eight years with Deloitte LLP and has held the CFO position with several middle market companies in the petroleum refining, manufacturing and distribution industries. Industrial Controls Distributors (Wanamassa, NJ) Jean Preston, former chief operating officer of Noland Co., has joined Industrial Controls Distributors as VP of operations. Industrial Controls is a distributor of commercial HVAC controls, process instrumentation, factory automation and valves. The company has 19 offices covering 22 states throughout the Northeast and Midwest, as well as three regional distribution centers. Kelly Pipe Co. (Santa Fe Springs, CA) Doug Chapman, a 30-year PVF industry veteran, has joined Kelly Pipe as manager of the company’s southeast region. Chapman comes to Kelly from Macsteel Service Centers USA where he was VP of Pipe Products for eastern North America. Also, Paul Oscar has joined Kelly as manager of their Chicago branch . Oscar has 25 years of PVF experience with Tubular Steel, A. M. Castle, Plymouth Tube, and Marmon/ Keystone. Marmon/Keystone (Butler, PA) Tom Brenneis has been named director of a new division focused on M/K’s value-added services, which will operate completely separate from its distribution business. Brenneis had been serving as manager of value-added services. The new division is known as Marmon/Keystone - VA Services and opened for business on January 3. Also, David Tripicchio has been promoted to operations manager at the company’s newest facility in Spring Valley, IL. He had been serving as warehouse manager at Chicago since 2009. Additionally, Frankie Krouse was named district operations and sales manager for M/K’s Cleveland and Hebron, KY, branches. He had been serving as operations manager at Hebron. The company also hired Jennifer Wetzel as an accountant at its corporate office. Specified Fitting Acquires Poly Warehouse Specified Fittings, one of the largest fabricators of HDPE, PVC, CPVC and exotic plastics in North America, has acquired all assets of Poly Warehouse located in Missoula (Stevensville), MT. This acquisition doubles Specified’s HDPE production capabilities and broadens the line both dimensionally and configuration wise. Specified serves the municipal water and sewer, storm water, agricultural, industrial, mining, oil and gas, plumbing, golf, HVAC, environmental and road construction markets. BITS AND PIECES PVF Tyco Flow Control acquired the assets of Supavac Pty Limited and Supavac Chile SA, a manufacturer of air driven slurry management systems that include a range of vacuum loading solids pumps, unique air transfer concepts and slurry dewatering systems. The company has designed a patented technology that can pump both wet and dry solids. Supavac is based in Australia and has operations in Morisset, Australia and Santiago, Chile, along with retail channels in China. Flowserve Corp. signed a sole source agreement with Shell for general service control valves covering upstream and downstream operations for both capital projects and MRO services. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership and Small Business Pilot, a voluntary collaboration between the federal government and its suppliers to create a greener, more efficient supply chain. Federal suppliers that join the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnershp agree to voluntarily measure and report their organization’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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