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BITS AND PIECES PVF ACQUISITIONS & EXPANSIONS Andronaco Industries has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Polyvalve business from Flowserve Corp. Polyvalve’s products are a key component of natural gas distribution systems around the world and also service the water/wastewater and chemical markets. The product line had revenues of $13 million in 2008. EnPro Industries Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire the business of Pipeline Seal and Insulator Inc. and its affiliates (PSI). PSI primarily serves the global oil and gas industry and water and wastewater infrastructure markets. The business manufactures flange sealing and flange isolation products along with other pipeline products. Northwest Pipe Co. Has plans to expand its Atchison, KS, mill facility, one of three Tubular Products Group locations, as well as its Houston mill. The Kansas expansion, anticipated to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2011, will increase the production capacity by more than 50% and enable the Group to produce product up to 0.375-inch wall. The Houston mill upgrade will build on OCTG green tube and other products already being produced on-site by adding production of 2-3/8 and 2-7/8-inch tubing with physical properties suitable for heat treating. Automated Valve & Controls (AVC) has doubled the size of its facility and relocated to Market Street in Houston. With an additional 16,000 sq. ft. In the new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility, AVC has expanded its overhead crane-lift capabilities to handle larger jobs and increased its overall operating inventory. Industrial Controls Distributors (Wanamassa, NJ) announced its merger with United Control Co.Headquartered in Richmond, VA. United Control will integrate operations with Industrial Controls to cover the Virginia territory. Bill Ferguson of United will lead the combined Virginia organization. GE on Feb. 1 closed its $3 billion acquisition of Dresser Inc. The Dresser businesses will be integrated into GE’s Power & Water and Energy Services units. OBITUARY Stuart Raub, 77, founder of Industrial Piping Systems, passed away January 19, 2011 in Lancaster, PA, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Raub spent 33 years working at Raub Supply Co., a firm founded by his grandfather, eventually becoming president and CEO. He left Raub Supply in 1982 to begin his own company, Industrial Piping Systems (IPS), in York, PA, until retiring from daily operations in 2002. Energy Iconoclast Enlightens PVF Roundtable Dictionary.com defi nes an “iconoclast” as “a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.” It’s a description that fi ts Professor Michael Economides as snugly as Spandex. Houston University’s pre-eminent economist and energy specialist was the featured speaker at the most recent quarterly meeting of the PVF Roundtable, held February 15 in Houston. Dr. Economides ripped into cherished beliefs about renewable energy like a hungry tiger. Among the topics he sank his fangs into: • Oil, gas and coal (fossil fuels) provided 87% of the world’s energy supply at the time of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo. Global demand has increased 60% since then, yet fossil fuels still account for around 87% of energy consumption. Economides cited an ExxonMobil study predicting that by 2030 global energy demand will increase another 50%, yet fossil fuels will still be supplying about 87% of the total. • “Ethanol is one of the worst scams in the history of the energy business,” he declared.Economides was referring to corn-based ethanol that takes more energy to produce than it saves, and which has driven up food prices. He drew attention to innovative technology for extracting ethanol from hydrocarbon feedstocks such as coal, natural gas and pet coke.“American ingenuity at its best,” he called it. • Wind power amounts to so much hot air in his estimation, due to its intermittent nature.He cited an example from his home state of Texas, which leads the U.S. with 9,400 megawatts of installed wind capacity. Yet on a calm day in early February, the output from those installations totaled only 527 MW, about 5. 6% of installed capacity. • In contrast, Economides is bullish on the future of natural gas, thanks to advances in drilling technology that make it economically feasible to tap the enormous Marcellus Shale — the second largest natural gas repository in the world. He predicted sluggish gas prices of Around $5/MMBtu for the next three years, but then rising to $8 and more. • “Energy will be China’s choke point,” threatening its rise to global economic Dominance, according to Dr. Economides.“China has gone berserk,” he said, with energy consumption growing at 20% a year. To feed the beast they are aggressively cutting deals With energy-producing countries around the world, many of which are U.S. adversaries.In the end, however, “China’s energy future passes through Russia.” Quarterly meetings of the PVF Roundtable have grown into some of the industry’s most notable networking opportunities. Although most attendees hail from hometown Houston, these events increasingly attract PVF players from around the country. The Feb. 15 session had a pre-registration of 250. The next meeting of the PVF Roundtable will take place on May 17. For more information, visit www.pvfroundtable.org. BITS AND PIECES PVF PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Anvil International has named Tim Hamelin as hardware division sales manager. Hamelin, who joined Anvil in 1990, was previously n a t i o n a l inside sales manager.Replacing him in that post is Debi Skyberg, a 10- year Anvil veteran who previously was regional inside sales manager covering the Midwest and Eastern regions. Wolseley Industrial Group, a division of Ferguson Enterprises, announced that Randy Howard has rejoined the company in the newly created position of engineered product sales manager for the Midwest region comprised of Missouri, Illinois and western Kentucky. Previously, he was employed with Ferguson from 1997-2002 as the Midwest territory sales manager. In 2002, Howard became the Midwest regional sales manager for Crane Valve Industrial Group. Merfish Pipe & Supply (Houston) has hired Robert Setzekorn as general manager/vice president of the 90-year-old family-owned operation. He comes to Merfish after 28 years in the building materials industry. Baker Sales Inc. hired Barry Cottrell, a 30-year sales and management veteran and former naval officer, as general manager. Baker has been operating in southeast Louisiana for more than 32 years as a leading distributor of steel pipe and fencing materials. Warren Alloy/Allied Fitting Open Jointly In Charlotte Warren Alloy and Allied Fitting have opened a new state-of-the-art joint facility to better service customers in and around the Charlotte, NC, area. The new facility boasts three acres of outside storage and more than 133,000 sq. ft. Of inventory space. Out of this location, Warren Alloy will operate a full-service branch managed by Jeff Hicks and use the new location as a hub for the Florida branch and upcoming New Jersey and Atlanta locations. Allied Fitting will use the new Charlotte facility as a distribution point to better reach customers in the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee. BITS AND PIECES PVF INDUSTRY NEWS The United States International Trade Commission determined that imports of drill pipe and drill collars from China are subsidized and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. As a result, the Commerce Dept. will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China. MST Seamless Tube & Pipe is the new identity of the former Michigan Seamless Tube. MST recently launched a renovated Web site to coincide with the manufacturer’s new name, logo and tagline. The company also announced the hiring of Bob Stokes as controller and Raul Holguin to work on international business development. CRANE Energy Flow Solutions announced the recipients of its 2010 Sales & Marketing Performance Awards for their contributions to CRANE Energy Flow Solutions and its North American Valve Group (NAVG).COO Kevin Olsen and Tony Favilla, vice president & general manager, presented the following awards: Top Sales Performance: Denise Loro; “Go-Time” Award (exemplifying NAVG’s sense of urgency culture): Sonny Simmons; Customer Service Leader Award: Ronda Calloway; “Eye of the Tiger” Award (for cross-functional support): Kapil Kedia; Sales Performance Honorable Mention: Pierre Poirier, Alan Voisine, Miguel Fillion and John Valerie. Midwest Spec LLC (North Jackson, OH) is the latest recipient of Conbraco’s Clarence C. Mosack Award, the company’s top sales honor. Midwest Spec is the manufacturers representative for western Pennsylvania, western West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Cal Mosack, executive vice president of Apollo, presented the award at the Conbraco 2011 National Sales Meeting.
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