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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.”

VMA Delivers… Valve Education

basics1Nearly 100 attendees gathered March 6-7 to learn valve and actuator fundamentals at VMA’s Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Houston. The 1½-day event included a Valves & Actuators 101 program that encompassed 10 hours of education, a “valve petting zoo,” an interactive panel discussion to test attendees’ knowledge of what they learned and a tabletop exhibition.

Participants came from all phases of the industry – valve and actuator manufacturing, end-user plants, engineering firms and distributors, as well as some soon-to-graduate students from Texas A&M University.


A VMA Technical Seminar Presentation: Leak Detection and Repair

leak detection and repairAt the Valve Manufacturers Association’s Technical Seminar, held March 3-4 in Jacksonville, FL, attendees—who represented both valve manufacturers as well as end-users—heard from a diverse group of industry specialists on topics such as Fugitive Emissions Trends, Quality & Testing, and Evolving Technology. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish a series of articles on some of those presentations.

This week, we highlight the presentation on the impact of leaking valves, a topic that keynote presenter Ken Garing of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Enforcement Investigations Center (NEIC), knows inside and out.


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