Crane Valves North America (CVNA) has announced that it will relocate and consolidate the company's Long Beach, Calif., headquarters and operations into other Crane facilities. The project will be phased in starting in early 2003 and is projected to be completed during the third quarter of next year.
Flowseal HP, Flowseal MS and Center Line customer service and application engineering, Center Line manufacturing and CVNA marketing and product management will be moving operations to Conroe, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Production of Flowseal HP products will be moved to an existing valve manufacturing facility in Chihuahua, Mexico, which currently produces butterfly valves for other Crane Fluid Handling Group units.
The company's St. Louis distribution and automation center will become its primary inventory and order fulfillment point for the Flowseal HP, Flowseal MS and Center Line products, until a new office is operational in Conroe. Then customer support staff will assume tasks currently handled by the Long Beach office.
"We believe these changes will ultimately result in shortened lead times, more consistent on-time delivery performance, more efficient quotation support, and improvements in our quick response order fulfillment capability of both automated and manual valve systems," said CVNA president Leonard Fruci.