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ValvTechnologies Names Garcia, Mermelstein to New Positions

Garcia Mermelstein ValvTechnologiesValvTechnologies, Inc. has named David Garcia director of manufacturing and Steve Mermelstein as regional director, Americas and director, channel management.

Previously, West Point graduate Garcia served as director of operations for Merla Wellhead Solutions and held plant manager positions at Halliburton Energy Services, Lincoln Manufacturing and Tenaris. Earlier in his career he served as a production manager at Foxconn.

Mermelstein brings extensive executive sales, channel management, operations, and valve industry experience to ValvTechnologies following a career at Tyco Flow Control, Parker Hannifin and most recently, Flowserve Corporation. Mermelstein graduated from Texas A&M University. 

Emerson Automating UK Waste-to-Energy Plant

Emerson will provide control systems and project services for a new waste-to-energy power plant near Knaresborough Allerton, North Yorkshire, UK. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017, with the plant fully operational in 2018.

The plant, which will also incorporate biogas and recycling facilities, will produce 28 megawatt-hours of electricity per hour from 320,000 tons of waste, exporting enough energy to the National Grid to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes and further helping the UK to meet the EU Energy Directive 2020 targets for renewable energy.

The facility will also divert more than seven million metric tons of waste from landfill over its 25-year lifetime, and recover more than one-and-a-half million tons of recyclable materials. 

MRC Global Expands Service to Chemours in Gulf Region

MRC Global Inc. announced that its subsidiary, MRC Global (US) Inc., has been awarded an agreement to be the primary provider of pipe, valve, fitting (PVF) products and services to all U.S. locations of The Chemours Company. The five-year agreement added the Gulf Coast region and also includes valve automation and specialty piping products. The agreement includes maintenance, repair and operation and capital projects. 

Sunbelt Supply Opens Shanghai Valve and Automation Center

Sunbelt Supply celebrated the grand opening of its new Valve and Automation Center with an open house on May 12, 2016 in Shanghai, China. The open house welcomed 80 customers and manufacturers. Attendees toured the newly stocked warehouse and automation center.

Sunbelt Supply Shanghai is a joint venture with the Shanghai based valve automation distributor, Unicus Technics. Sunbelt Supply has worked with Unicus for over a decade to support shared customers and officially formalized the joint venture in late 2015. 

Mueller Water Products Names New President of Anvil

Patrick Donovan Mueller AnvilMueller Water Products, Inc. announced that Patrick M. Donovan has been named president of Anvil International, effective May 18. Anvil International is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products.

Donovan succeeds Thomas E. Fish, who was with Anvil International and its predecessor company for 34 years, including 16 years as president of Anvil. Fish will retire from Mueller Water Products effective May 31.

Recently Donovan served as president of MIC Group, a division of J.B. Poindexter, Inc. From 2003-2012, Donovan was with Parker Hannifin Corporation, where he led two of its divisions, including its refrigeration and air conditioning valves and controls, and industrial seals businesses. Earlier in his career, he was with Precision Castparts Corporation, where he was president of its Energy Group and Carmet Co. He began his career with FMC Corporation where he served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility. 


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