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Valve World 2012 – Truly a Global Industry

Valve World Show 2012Valve industry professionals from around the world attended Valve World Expo 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany from November 27 to 29. VMA President Bill Sandler summed up the event as being "outstanding." Bill represented VMA and shared a stand with our friends from the British Valve & Actuator Association. Show organizers said there were approximately 10,000 attendees.

Mark Cordell Named Chairman at 74th Annual Meeting

cordellOutgoing VMA chairman Bruce Broxterman, president, Richards Industries, handed the chairman’s gavel to incoming chairman Mark Cordell, president, Distributed Valves, Cameron Valves & Measurement at the VMA/VRC 74th Annual Meeting, Sept. 20-22.

He Will Be Missed

hannafinThomas J. Hannafin, 71, a senior advisor to Kitz Corp. USA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 2, following a massive heart attack.

In a message to company members and colleagues, Jim Walther, president of KITZ Corp. USA, wrote: "It is with profound sadness that we announce our dear friend and colleague Tom Hannafin passed away this morning.

Energy Policy to Set America’s Future

john felmyThe Valve Manufacturers Association held its annual Technical Seminar & Exhibits at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Houston, March 8-9. More than a dozen speakers presented on a variety of topics that centered around “Prevailing Challenges and Solutions for the Oil & Gas/Petrochemical Industries.” Following is the first of several articles highlighting some of these presentations.

At VMA’s 2012 Technical Seminar, keynote speaker John Felmy, chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC, presented a series of oft-neglected or misrepresented facts about America’s energy policy. During his presentation, Felmy stressed how important it is for all members of the oil and gas industry to understand and get involved in developing a policy to accomplish the “energizing of America.”

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