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INDUSTRY NEWS


McWane Inc. acquires Waterman Industries AFS Corporate Member McWane


Inc. has purchased Waterman Indus- tries (Exeter, California). Waterman manufactures water control products for water treatment, wastewater, ag- riculture, rural water delivery, hydro- power and flood control management. Waterman is a manufacturer of both


cast iron and fabricated stainless-steel water control gates. Te company was founded by W.A. Waterman in 1912 and initially manufactured agricultural irrigation equipment for Central Valley farms. In 1953, the company expanded into


water control infrastructure products including large and complex cast iron sluice gates, fabricated slide gates and radial gates. “We are excited to add Waterman to the McWane family of companies,” McWane president and CEO Ruffner Page said. “Waterman’s high-quality products and veteran industry experts


are an excellent complement to Mc- Wane’s Valve and Hydrant Group.” McWane will invest in Water-


man’s production facility in Exeter to modernize operations with new equip- ment and manufacturing processes to improve productivity, product delivery times, and team member safety. In a news release, the company said it will also focus on improving communication and strengthening re- lationships with its customers, channel partners, and suppliers. “McWane is excited to join the


Exeter community with our purchase of Waterman, a recognized local leader for more than 100 years,” said Olivier Marietta, Waterman’s new general manager. “We will strengthen Water- man’s commitment to be a cornerstone of the local community, a respected and leading employer, and a loyal long-term partner to our customers and channel partners.”


ALUMIN UM ME L TE R S T.R.P. Vacuum Tester


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• Measures the absolute vacuum level, eliminating the need for daily/weekly/monthly calibration of the differential gage used on most RPT units.


• Fully automatic operation to pull the Absolute Vacuum to a target level of (+/- 0.20”Hg), run a timed cycle, and dump the vacuum.


QCD-1 Porosity Measurement System


• Automatic measurement and recording of Sample Porosity (e.g. 2.0 %”), as a Go/NoGo limit to the known density of the alloy system.


• Eliminates the need to section and polish the sample in order to develop a very subjective estimation of gas porosity and inclusion levels.


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10 | MODERN CASTING May 2018


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Hitchiner announces


expansion Hitchiner Manufacturing Co. Inc. announced plans to expand its New Hampshire operations with the construc- tion of a new, 85,000-square-foot facility on the company’s Elm Street Campus. Te building represents a multi-


phased $50 million capital investment and will house operations to support new growth in markets Hitchiner currently serves. Te investment is contingent on securing financing and permits from the town and state. Hitchiner expects the investment


will also eventually create an estimated 85 local jobs. Te expansion will help ensure the future of Hitchiner’s current operations in the state. “Expanding in New Hampshire


would not have been possible without the support of state and local govern- ment. Businesses planning to start- up or expand in the state today face important challenges. Te high cost of energy in New Hampshire can be an especially high hurdle, particularly for manufacturing companies,” said Hitchiner chairman and CEO John H. Morison. “Fortunately, Hitchiner was able to work through these challenges with the governor’s office and the Town of Milford. ” Te expansion is scheduled to begin in the middle of 2018.


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