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VanAire Expands Ownership to Steven Soderman

VanAire ownership

VanAire, Incorporated announces that Steven Soderman will join Tony Lambert and Eric Miller as an owner of the Gladstone, MI based manufacturing company.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and proud to be part of carrying out VanAire’s commitment to its customers, employees, and the community,” Soderman stated. “It is an exceptional opportunity in what is truly an exceptional company.”

Soderman is a 1998 graduate of Michigan Technological University and has been with the company since 2017 when he assumed the roles of C.E.O. and quality manager.

It also was announced that Bill VanDeVusse will continue to serve the company as its president. The announcements were made during a monthly employee meeting where semi-annual profit-sharing checks were also distributed.


Victaulic’s Malloy Named to Lehigh Valley Business Hall of Fame

Victaulic chairman, president and CEO John Malloy, Ph.D. was named to the Lehigh Valley (PA) Business Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony held at DeSales University on Tuesday, December 4. The annual awards recognize the Greater Lehigh Valley's most dynamic businesses and business leaders who share a commitment to professional excellence, business growth and the community. 

Solon Manufacturing Company Celebrates 70 Years

In 1949, four engineering graduates of Case Western University in Cleveland, OH joined together to form Solon Manufacturing Company in a post-war industrialism era. By the mid 1950’s, Solon began developing products around requirements for Belleville spring washers. Solon parts have been used in several high-profile applications, including General Electric’s circuit breakers and the NASA flight suit worn by John Glenn in 1962.

Since moving to Chardon, OH in 1960 (from the original building located in Solon, OH, hence the namesake), Solon Manufacturing Co. has expanded its plant and facilities four times to encompass a total of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. 

Emerson Acquires Advanced Engineering Valves

Emerson has acquired Advanced Engineering Valves (A.E. Valves). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of A.E. Valves supports Emerson’s Main Valve Partner initiative to be the premier supplier of final control solutions for the LNG industry.

A.E. Valves is headquartered in Verviers, Belgium and designs ball valves for the LNG industry, as well as oil and gas, chemical, and petrochemical customers. 

Rotork Actuators Supplied to Chinese Oil Refinery

More than 2,500 Rotork actuators have been installed at a Chinese oil refinery and petrochemical complex. Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Company Ltd, which refines oil and manufactures chemical products, ordered the actuators for the refinery which is in construction on the island of Zhoushan, near Shanghai.

When complete the entire project will feature two refineries capable of producing 400,000 barrels a day and two ethylene plants capable of producing up to 1.4 million tons a year. 

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