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Key Bellevillles Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Key Bellevilles, widely considered to be the largest manufacturer of bellevilles in the world, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently sat down with founder and president Robert J. Key, and others, for a feature article on the company.

“Key Bellevilles Inc. has built its 50-year history on one product used in many things — from the mechanical shark in ‘Jaws’ to space shuttles,” the article begins.

According to Key, “[t]here currently are 77 employees, and, while that number is down slightly from a few years ago because of automation, the company hasn't had a layoff in 45 years.” 

Spirax Sarco Awarded for Top Safety Records

Spirax Sarco Awarded for Top Safety RecordsSpirax Sarco was recently presented with a Commendation of Excellence award for exemplary top safety records at its two sites, Carolina Pines and Northpoint, located in Blythewood, SC.

These awards from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, were given to companies and organizations who achieve a commendable lost workday case rate during the 2016 calendar year. This includes any occupational injury or illness that results in an employee being unable to work a full assigned work shift. 

Brenda Combs of MRC Global Recognized

Brenda Combs, senior director of implementation services at MRC Global, was recently honored by Supply House Times as one of 20 women to watch in the PHCP-PVF supply chain industry.

Supply House Times “asked our industry partners to tell us about these difference-makers. The results are our third annual look at some of the many women enjoying productive industry careers and their thoughts on their current positions, how they broke into the business and their advice for young women considering a career in the industry.” 

VanAire Names Steven Soderman CEO, Quality Manager

Steven Soderman has joined the leadership team of VanAire, Incorporated as CEO and quality manager. Bill VanDeVusse will continue in his role as president having previously filled the positions of both president and CEO.

Soderman has held key quality positions throughout his career most recently filling the role of corporate director of quality for another manufacturing concern. A 1998 engineering graduate of Michigan Technological University, Soderman also holds designations in ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, and is a Six-Sigma Black Belt. 

Chromatic Industries Adds Two Former Cameron Executives

Mark Gamber has joined Chromatic Industries as CEO effective April 10, 2017. Wayne Hall will continue in his role as president. Gamber most recently served as vice president of operations at Cameron in its Distributed Valves Group.

Additionally, Mark Cordell has joined Chromatic as a senior advisor. Before his retirement in 2016, Cordell served as president of distributed and process valve divisions at Cameron and was responsible for all valve and manufacturing operations in Canada. Mark Cordell is also a past chairman of the Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA). 


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