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Rotork Automating Moroccan Storage Terminal

Rotork has been selected by Horizon Tangiers Terminals S.A. to automate their strategically important petroleum storage terminal in Morocco. Rotork will optimize storage capacity and increase security as well as automate tank inlet and outlet valves and firefighting water network valves.

The terminal has a strategic location on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The location of the terminal is expected to enable it to serve more than 300 million consumers through industrial and commercial free zones. 

Mueller Water Products Expanding Tennessee Operations

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Mueller Water Products announced that the manufacturer will expand its operations in Chattanooga and create 96 jobs over the next three years.

Mueller Water Products will invest in its domestic manufacturing capabilities and introduce additive manufacturing technologies to its foundries. The Chattanooga facility expansion is driven by growing demand for water infrastructure products among municipalities and will support the expected future demand as America rebuilds its aging infrastructure.

Emerson Completes Aventics Acquisition

Emerson has completed the purchase of Aventics, a manufacturer of smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications. The acquisition expands the company’s reach in the growing $13 billion fluid automation market and aids Emerson’s automation technology presence in Europe.

With central offices in Laatzen, Germany, Aventics has approximately 2,100 employees globally with 5 manufacturing locations. 

Weir Group Completes Acquisition of ESCO

The Weir Group PLC has completed the acquisition of ESCO Corporation effective July 12. This follows the announcement on April 19, 2018 of an agreement to acquire ESCO for an estimated enterprise value of just under $1.3 billion.

ESCO will operate as a new division of the Weir Group and will be reported as a separate segment alongside Minerals and Oil & Gas. Following the previous announcement that the Group will initiate a process to sell the Flow Control Division, the results of that division will now be reported as discontinued operations. 

ATI Expands Houston Manufacturing Facility

Automation Technology, LLC (ATI) recently completed an approximately $1.3 million capital investment, expanding valve actuation/controls production and assembly capabilities at its Houston area manufacturing facility. The expanded capacity plan allows ATI to continue to meet the increased product demand recently experienced in the oil, gas and pipeline market segments.

The internal expansion increased the overall production throughput and established dedicated assembly cells for ATI’s direct gas motor and electro-hydraulic power unit (HPU) product lines. New equipment included computer numerically controlled (CNC) vertical and horizontal mills as well as additional welding stations, lathes and spring press station. Support equipment including additional cranes, a new walk-in sandblaster, and a new paint booth were also part of the enhancements. Coinciding with the capital investment, ATI has expanded its workforce by approximately 20% within the past six months. 

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