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Conval to Celebrate 50th Anniversary on November 7

Conval Enfield Facility with silhouetted sign croppedConval is celebrating its 50th anniversary on November 7, 2017. The second-generation, family-owned business was founded by Chester “Chet” Siver in 1967. Over the years, the original 3,000 square foot facility on Field Road has been expanded several times, plus two adjacent buildings have been constructed, for combined square footage of 50,000 square feet. The company is the largest private employer in Somers, CT.

To consolidate its operations under one roof and meet future demand, Conval purchased the former Quad Graphics building at 96 Phoenix Avenue in Enfield, CT and is in the process of renovating the facility to meet its needs. The company anticipates moving into the 72,000 square foot facility in the spring of 2018.  

DeZURIK Valves Still Operating After 19 Million Cycles

A water treatment plant in Tupelo, MS has 8” Figure 118 valves from DeZURIK that have been operating every 45 seconds for 27 years; more than 19 million cycles. The valves have survived without repair all those years. Only the actuators have been repaired or rebuilt.

The valves are connected to the top of an airtight 16’ deep chamber with openings underwater at the bottom. When the valves close, vacuum pumps turn on and raise the water level in the chamber about 1.5 feet. After 45 seconds, the valves open and let air back into the chambers and allow the water level to drop back to normal, pushing water out of the openings in the bottom. That action causes a stirring effect in the water tank and keeps solids from settling. 

VMA Associate Members Named to Annual BIG 50 List

MRC Global (no. 9), NOW Inc. (no. 13) and Wolseley Industrial Group (no. 16) are all on the latest BIG 50 List, Industrial Distribution's annual list of the largest industrial distributors in the world. VMA associate member DistributionNOW is a subsidiary of NOW Inc.

All Big 50 companies are ranked according to 2016 total worldwide sales from North American operations, and all figures are reported in USD (in some cases converted based on the estimated exchange rate). Industrial Distribution obtains information for publicly-traded companies based on annual reports, earning statements and company verifications. For the privately-held companies, they rely on self-reported data and follow-up interviews. Recently published press releases and company website information is also used to supplement data. 

Paradigm to Become Part of Emerson

Emerson has agreed to acquire Paradigm for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA. Paradigm will be joined with Emerson’s existing Roxar automation software. The acquisition is expected to close within the next 60 days, subject to various regulatory approvals.

Paradigm is headquartered in Houston and has more than 500 employees globally. The company provides an array of tools that enable customers to gain deeper insight into the subsurface, reduce uncertainty and support responsible asset management. 

ValvTechnologies Receives ISO 15848 Certification

ValvTechnologies’ EcoPack technology has received ISO 15848-1:2015 certification from Odin Heavy Industries. To earn ISO 15848 certification, ValvTechnologies underwent a stringent evaluation process that included a series of 17 helium leak tests and eight thermal cycles on a fully assembled valve over a period of 100,000 cycles. After test completion, the valve was disassembled and all sealing components were examined for notable wear and any other significant observations. Odin Heavy Industries verified the valve not only met but exceeded endurance testing standards of endurance class CC3 (100,000 cycles) at Class CH tightness. 

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