How big is the valve business? Bigger than you might think. According to the Valve Manufacturers' Association (VMA), the U.S. industrial valve industry logs sales of approximately $2.7B. Biggest markets include the petrochemical, chemical, construction, and petroleum industries. Though the industry is big, VMA classifies most valve manufacturers as small to medium size businesses. Collectively, they employ 20,000 people in both manufacturing and support functions.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.