Recognizing the 50Th Anniversary of Convalby Representative Joe Courtney
Posted on 2017-11-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Mr. COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 50th
anniversary of Conval, Inc., located in Somers, CT.
In 1962, WWII Navy veteran, Chester ``Chet'' Siver designed a line of high-pressure, forged steel valves in his basement in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. After a brief period overseeing Hamilton Standard's use of his design, Mr. Siver eventually regained the rights to his product and set up shop. Conval, or ``Connecticut Valve'', was founded on November 7, 1967.
Today Conval is the premier manufacturer of high quality, high temperature, and high pressure forged steel valves in the world. Conval valves are used in a variety of industries, including fossil power, nuclear power, pulp and paper, and water treatment.
As the town's largest private employer, Conval has become an institution in Somers. This family-owned and operated small business, now overseen by Chet's son, Frank Siver, is an American success story that has stayed true to Siver's commitment to making Conval ``a nice place to work.'' For example, when it came time to expand, Conval elected to stay close to home to accommodate its employees and their families. Their new facility, located in nearby Enfield, CT, is set to open in February 2018.
Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring Conval for their fifty-year commitment to great American manufacturing and community. May they enjoy continued success for years to come.