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Filling Jobs, One Woman at a Time

We Can Do ItThe United States added more than half a million manufacturing jobs in the last three years and more jobs are coming from firms that are reshoring thanks to lower energy prices and the diminishing spread between labor costs in North America and China.

However, while the U.S. manufacturing sector grows, the number of women working in the sector is not keeping pace. Women hold about half of the jobs in the U.S. economy today, yet they occupy less than 25% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs and it is estimated that only about 30% of the approximately 14 million Americans who work in manufacturing are women. This is despite the fact that, according to a recent study released by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, the majority of women involved in manufacturing reported being very satisfied with their careers.


Richard Coffman: Doing Business with Humor and Humility

Richard Coffman at workLike so many of the people involved in the valve industry, 40-year-veteran Richard Coffman can trace much of his success to being in the right place at the right time, and being confident enough to take advantage of an opportunity.

Coffman received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and began his career as a mechanical designer at GE in the Specialty Controls Department. There he worked in the value engineering department where he designed GE-printed circuit boards used to drive servovalves, which controlled the turbine speed on many GE turbine control systems.


Notes on a Notable Career: Former VMA Chairman Tom Mignogna

1968-A-New-Era-Electronic-Actuator-San-Diego 300pxLike many of the valve industry icons we’ve interviewed, Tom Mignogna’s notable career in the valve industry started out not so much by design, perhaps, but by good fortune.


Ken Chickering: Oil in his Veins?

1972 enhanced headline photoKen Chickering’s affinity for the oil industry came naturally. “My father, for whom I had a lot of respect, worked for Oilwell Supply. My great grandfather helped start that company in 1862. Three generations of the family worked for the company in Oil City, PA. I didn’t work there, but I started my oilfield roustabout work near Oil City and spent other summers as a roughneck and working for Halliburton.”


A Twist of Fate Leads to a Long Career

Gil at Richards Industries“The valve industry is all about people. Hands on, manufacturing, selling, that’s what appeals to a lot of us. It’s a no-nonsense industry, with many high-quality people,” said an enthused Gil Richards, Chairman Emeritus of Richards Industries, in a recent interview with VALVE Magazine. “It’s a pleasure to work and associate with them.”


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