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Nuclear Plant Manager Claims Whistleblowing Led to Termination

Mark W. Hicks is suing his former employer Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) over a leak. Hicks shut down a nuclear reactor, he claims in the lawsuit, because it was leaking coolant from a safety relief valve (though it was improper installation that caused the leakage). The 20-year U.S. Navy veteran says FPL fired him because the shutdown, which the company says was unnecessary, cost them $6 million in repairs. But Hicks says federal regulations “mandated the immediate shutdown of the reactor” when such a leak takes place.  Read more

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Shell Awards Single-Source Enterprise Framework Agreement to Tyco Flow Control

Tyco Flow Control has been selected to provide pressure-relief valves and after-market services to Shell globally. The agreement for pressure-relief valves is the second framework agreement secured by Tyco in the last year. During 2011, Tyco was also selected by Shell to provide butterfly valves in a similar agreement. Read more

» READ MORE Valve Manufacturing news online, including:

  • Victaulic Acquires Desalination Business of MTS Valves & Technology

  • ValvTechnologies Names Gary Gandolfi Director of Global Distribution & Service

  • Market for Control Valves Using Electric Actuators to Double by 2017

  • Metso Automation USA Moves to New Facility in Lansdale, PA

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M&A Activity in Oilfield Services Industry Expected to Increase Over Next 12-24 Months

A newly released report, Dynamic Dealmaking in Oilfield Services by Ernst & Young, indicates the vast majority of survey respondents (84%) are expecting an increase in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and none expect a decrease. Read more

» READ MORE End-User news online, including:

  • California Joint Venture Planning Billions in Biofuel/Bioenergy Projects

  • Planned Gas Pipeline Would Span from Ohio to Ontario

  • USGS Uses New Methodology to Assess Oil, Gas Reserve Potential

  • TransCanada Offers to Re-Route Keystone XL in Nebraska


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Federal Reserve Opts to Continue ‘Operation Twist’

Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will undergo a third round of quantitative easing. The Fed plans on buying $85 billion in new assets, including $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities, every month for the rest of the year. Read more

» READ MORE Manufacturing & the Economy news online, including:

  • Oklahoma City Tops List of Healthiest Metro-Area Economies

  • PwC: Several Factors Influencing Potential U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

  • NFIB: Small-Business Optimism Sees Slight Bump in August

  • Texas Manufacturing Growth Slows but Six-Month Expectations Improve

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Review of Market Outlook 2013, and Much More

The fall issue, which mails Oct. 18, has a reputation for being the place to find out how valve end-user industries will fare going forward because the issue provides detailed coverage of what presenters said at VMA’s Market Outlook Workshop, held recently in Chicago. But this issue is also packed with much more. We look at developments in geothermal energy—now receiving renewed attention because of new types of plant technologies. Those technologies combined with increased desire for North America to depend less on foreign oil, are making this promising and clean source of power more attractive. Fall also features the comments of  VMA members on how they handle traveling to new areas of the world, what they’ve found along the way, and what benefits they’ve reaped from learning new cultures. And for technology buffs, a feature addresses what wireless valve automation is doing to keep employees safer, lower costs and improve accuracy.

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Can’t Wait ‘til October for the Outlook?

Go to ValveMagazine.com today and check out a preview of the full 2013 Market Outlook report that will be published in the print version. Most presenters were looking toward continued slow but steady growth for the coming year while ValveMagazine.com staff was busily taking notes to share highlights both in the magazine and on our Web Features page. Along with the overview, articles on Kevin Geraghty of NV Energy discussing the power sector, John Spears of Spears and Associates relating the current state of affairs in oil and gas, and the Eurasia Group’s Christopher Garman on Brazil’s troubles are now posted online.

Be sure to read the Valve Industry Blog where Kate Kunkel recently posed a question about Enbridge’s push to build the Northern Gateway pipeline. Would short-term benefits gained by selling crude to Asia result in losing long-term domestic work that could come from building and maintenance of a refinery in North America? We’d love to hear what you think.

Every week brings a new article, so check ValveMagazine.com frequently for the latest technical information, industry trends, issues of importance and headline news that's updated daily. Read more.

» YOUR INPUT IS IMPORTANT! Why not comment on our stories, or send us ideas on subjects you'd like to see covered? Or consider contributing an educational article. Contact our Web editor for more info.

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Valve Basics Event in Denver Just Three Weeks Away

More than 100 people and 20 exhibitors are expected at the Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits in Denver, Oct. 11-12. This popular event, which takes place twice a year, draws people from every facet of the valve world, who come to develop a basic knowledge of valves, actuators and controls, to examine how these products work in the “Valve Petting Zoo” and to learn about additional products in the exhibit area. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., VMA director of education, for more information.

And if you wish you could attend, but your schedule doesn’t permit, don’t worry. Two events are already scheduled for 2013: Boston in May and New Orleans in December. Details will be posted on VMA.org as they become available.

Debut of Valve Repair Meeting & Exhibits Set for Houston, Nov. 1–2

Houston is the host city for the Valve Repair Council’s first conference designed specifically for the valve and actuator repair industry. The 1½ day event, Nov. 1-2, provides an overview of what’s happening in the industry, then addresses specific issues such as business risks and brand exposure, bolt torquing, limit switch torque switch L120, RFID and fugitive emission issues. It also offers a tour of VRC member United Valve’s state-of-the-art facility as well as table-top exhibits of vendors to the repair industry.

For more information and to register online, go to VMA.org.

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