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Chalmers and Kubeck Expands into Western Pennsylvania

In 2013, Chalmers and Kubeck, Inc. (C&K) announced the expansion of its territory to include the coverage of Western Pennsylvania and Western New York. At the same time, the Philadelphia-based company began to actively pursue a brick and mortar facility strategically located to provide safety and safety relief valve services for the region. This month, C&K announced that it has found such a facility in the form of a recently vacated Armstrong World Industries ceiling tile warehouse in Beaver Falls, PA.

The new valve repair and testing certification shop has been operating for about three months now. While there are currently 10 employees at the Beaver Falls facility, C&K expects that number to grow to around 50 over the next three years.

Balluff Opens New Customer Support Center in Florence, Kentucky

The grand opening celebration of Balluff’s new Customer Support Center in Florence, KY took place on Monday, Sept. 15. The Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, attended the ceremonial event along with other community and company officials.

The grand opening included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, speeches from Gov. Beshear, Balluff president Kent Howard, and the managing directors of Balluff GmbH, Florian Hermle and Michael Unger.

Construction began in May of 2013 of Balluff's new 48,000-square-foot facility that includes “green concepts” and worker-friendly features, such as 100% employee access to daylight from workspaces. There are collaborative areas and open-concept desks located throughout the facility, along with high-end technical application and vision labs for product testing, and a state-of-the-art training room. 

Spirax Sarco Signs Agreement with CET

Corac Energy Technologies (CET) has signed a heads of terms agreement for Spirax-Sarco Engineering to manufacture steam microturbines and compressors following successful trials of prototype systems built under a joint development project. The agreement sets out the principles within which a manufacturing and production agreement (MPA) will be negotiated.

Under a joint development agreement, announced in fall 2012, prototype expanders and compressors were designed and built by CET. Following an extensive joint testing program, the first of these products is now ready to move into manufacturing. The products will be manufactured, distributed and sold by Spirax Sarco. 

Velan Wins Prix Lachance-Morin Safety Award

Velan was recently recognized by the ASPHME, an association dedicated to accident prevention in metal and electrical industries, for its improvement in health and safety practices. The Prix Lachance-Morin was presented to Velan Inc. in recognition of the outstanding effort by Velan’s HSE Department to constantly improve the workplace safety conditions. 

Emerson Selected to Automate Longview Power Plant

Emerson Process Management has been named main automation contractor at the Longview Power plant in Maidsville, WV. Longview chose Emerson in part for their ability to complete the project in an accelerated 13-month timeframe, with commissioning slated for June 2015. Projects of similar scope and complexity typically take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Commissioned in 2011, the 695-MW, coal-fired supercritical unit serves Morgantown and surrounding communities. Although more challenging to control because of the high temperatures and pressures involved, supercritical technologies can boost the efficiency of coal-based electricity generation by approximately 40% while reducing carbon and other emissions.

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