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VMA Chair Mark Nahorski: Industry Has Many Pathways to Success

Part of the discussion today about what skills people need to climb to leadership in the industrial world centers on the question: What background makes a good foundation for success? Mark Nahorski, president of PBM, Inc. and VMA’s new chairman, thinks there is no single answer to that question, but it starts with listening and relating to people.

Nahorski studied business as an undergrad, worked first in the industrial world in sales and then management positions, then went back for further business education before beginning his next chapter and learning operations and manufacturing. After a brief time, he moved to a COO position and now serves as president of PBM, Inc. He says a better question is: How many ways can a person shape his or her knowledge base to better serve the organization and its customers?

Safety Relief Valve FAQs

Companies that repair, test, maintain or supply valves routinely receive inquiries from end users about safety-relief valves. Here are a few questions frequently asked of one VMA member.

Q: What is the proper way to install a safety or safety relief valve (SRV)?

Valuable Insight from Valve Actuator Users

Valuable Insight from Valve Actuator UsersOnce valves and actuators are installed and commissioned on site, the manufacturer’s involvement often lapses to an occasional service call. However, because they’re unaware of the subsequent life of the automated valve, they miss valuable feedback that an end user could give on how that equipment performs.

Filling Jobs, One Woman at a Time

We Can Do ItThe United States added more than half a million manufacturing jobs in the last three years and more jobs are coming from firms that are reshoring thanks to lower energy prices and the diminishing spread between labor costs in North America and China.

However, while the U.S. manufacturing sector grows, the number of women working in the sector is not keeping pace. Women hold about half of the jobs in the U.S. economy today, yet they occupy less than 25% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs and it is estimated that only about 30% of the approximately 14 million Americans who work in manufacturing are women. This is despite the fact that, according to a recent study released by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, the majority of women involved in manufacturing reported being very satisfied with their careers.

Richard Coffman: Doing Business with Humor and Humility

Richard Coffman at workLike so many of the people involved in the valve industry, 40-year-veteran Richard Coffman can trace much of his success to being in the right place at the right time, and being confident enough to take advantage of an opportunity.

Coffman received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and began his career as a mechanical designer at GE in the Specialty Controls Department. There he worked in the value engineering department where he designed GE-printed circuit boards used to drive servovalves, which controlled the turbine speed on many GE turbine control systems.

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