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Pressure Seal Standards Update

The EPA has been reducing the allowable fugitive emissions on valves in the last few years. Due to upcoming emission legislation, most refineries, chemical and process industry plants will have to monitor their emissions more closely. Additionally, new industry standards, both API and ISO, are being published or revised for type testing of valves to improve emissions in new valves.  MORE


Metso Turns Down Merger Offer from Weir

On April 1, Metso acknowledged it had been approached by The Weir Group with a proposal for commencing discussions regarding a potential combination of the two companies. Two weeks later, Metso announced, its board of directors had carefully evaluated the proposal received from Weir and had come to the unanimous conclusion this proposal was not in the best interest of Metso shareholders.  MORE

AIV, LP Joins VMA as Distributor/Channel Partner Member MORE

Spirax Sarco Launches World’s Oldest Working Steam Boiler Contest  MORE

Richards Industries Improving Health, Productivity of Employees  MORE


Crude Oil Proved Reserves Reached 36-year High

U.S. crude oil proved reserves, led by reserve additions in Texas and North Dakota, increased at an unheard-of pace in 2012 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Despite notable gains in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale gas plays, low natural gas prices drove down natural gas proved reserves in 2012, ending a 14-year run of consecutive increases in gas reserves.  MORE

U.S. Manufacturers Facing Shortage of Welders  MORE

EPA Approves $325M Natural Gas Plant Near Houston  MORE

Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis MORE


U.S. Manufacturers Moving Up Global Competitiveness Rankings

The overall manufacturing-cost structure in the U.S. has significantly improved relative to nearly all other leading exporters across the globe. The key reasons are stable wage growth, sustained productivity gains, steady exchange rates and a big energy-cost advantage. Overall costs in the U.S. are 10 to 25% lower than those of the world’s 10 leading goods-exporting nations other than China.  MORE

Leading Economic Indicators Increased in March MORE

Industrial Production Increased in March, February Revised Up MORE

Fed Beige Book Shows Improved Growth MORE


Valves on Tank Cars

In 2013, over 400,000 carloads of oil were shipped via railroad. All this traffic is carried by a tank car fleet that currently numbers about 350,000 cars, and new cars are added every day. And that means lots of valves.  MORE

Coming in the summer issue of VALVE Magazine…

A New Formula for Building Wastewater Treatment Plants

Throughout North America, companies are building and operating wastewater treatment plants for residential and commercial sites. With finite sources of income, these operations run lean and mean, and relationships with knowledgeable and responsive suppliers are key to their success.


Finance Seminar: It All Affects the Bottom Line

Being a corporate finance officer today means wearing multiple hats, if the spectrum of people who attended the 2014 VMA Finance Leaders Seminar April 10-11 in Arlington, VA is any indication. The topics they discussed among themselves during coffee breaks and the program presentations were diverse and included implementation of the new healthcare law, legal and regulatory issues, and general economic trends. But the issues on the agenda had one thing in common: In today’s world, they all affect the bottom line. MORE


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