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Charli K. Matthews Appointed as Public Relations Manager for the FSA

(October 13, 2015) – The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charli K. Matthews, Founder and President of Empowering Pumps, LLC, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to their newly created Public Relations Manager position.

This position was created to help craft the public voice of the FSA as it continues to take a position as the leading trade association that is recognized and accepted as a Subject matter expert and technical leader that advocates and influences environmental compliance to create and raise standards in technology, safety, quality, and best practices for sealing devices and associated products. And one that Educates in the correct adoption of technology and practices and is a key collaborator with organizations that influence and direct the development of key standards that directly impact the users of sealing devices.

“Public Relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between an organization, its partners, and the public. So it is my role as Public Relations Manager to help craft our public voice and spread information between the FSA, its targeted audiences, as well as into the public area,” said Charli K. Matthews.

“This new role is key to the continued growth and recognition of the FSA in the public arena and we are excited that Charli agreed to take on the responsibility. This is especially important in light of the support and advocacy being provided by the FSA and its member companies with regards to the significant amount of activity that is occurring in the regulatory space at this time. Ensuring our public message is clear and concise is extremely important for the FSA,” said Mike Shorts, FSA President.

In addition to this new role, Charli has been responsible for developing the FSA’s social media presence, and was the driving force behind the development and redesign of the FSA’s new website.  She was responsible for the expansion of the website’s content and making it a more valuable resource for the industry, as well as improving the ease of use for the FSA’s members’ customers. In 2015, Charli was recognized by the FSA with the awarding of their prestigious Award of Merit.

Founded in 1933, the FLUID SEALING ASSOCIATION® (FSA) is an international trade association. Member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid sealing devices primarily targeted to the industrial market. FSA membership includes companies in Europe and Central and South America, but is most heavily concentrated in North America. FSA members account for a majority of the manufacturing capacity for fluid sealing devices in the Americas market.

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Founded in 2011, Empowering Pumps is the information and connection hub for the global pump industry. Their vision is to build a digital community through websites, eNewsletters, and social media channels that allows pump industry professionals to exchange ideas, news stories, product information, case studies, videos, event information and more.

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The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) Responds to EPA Announcement on Methane Emissions

August 18, 2015:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced draft rules to reduce methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas industry. As the leading trade association that represents U.S. focused sealing device manufacturers, the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) recognizes the importance of addressing this issue. Emissions of methane, the primary component of natural gas, represent the waste of a valuable national energy resource, with additional negative implications for the environment and local community air quality.
“The Fluid Sealing Association welcomes the opportunity to work with the EPA and our
customers to ensure sealing device technology continues to play its role in reducing methane
emissions. The rules recognize that there are proven, cost-effective solutions to this problem
that are ready to be deployed,” said Mike Shorts, President of the Fluid Sealing Association.
“The sealing industry is ready to get to work to fix this issue. Our technology can be part of the
solution and we know this is doable.”
Given the important role sealing devices play in preventing fugitive emissions in the oil and gas
and general industrial process markets, the FSA and its members are committed to doing its
part to address environmental issues. The FSA is well equipped to work in finding solutions and
being a technical resource in the development of future industry standards focused on
curtailing fugitive emissions. Member companies of the FSA offer cost effective and proven
sealing technology solutions that drive emission reductions across the U.S. oil and gas and
process industry sectors.
The Fluid Sealing Association is a trade association focused on promoting a safe, clean environment for society, and safe work places for employees. Member companies are involved in the production and marketing of a wide range of fluid and air sealing devices primarily targeted at the U.S. oil and gas and industrial process markets. We support the development of related standards and provide education in the fluid sealing area.

FSA News and Happenings

The Fluid Sealing Association has been very active over the past 24 months. We realized that our previous focus, which was predominantly standards driven, would not gain us the industry recognition we needed to truly make the changes member companies were driving towards. So we decided to take a deep breath, step back, and plan a path forward that would elevate the standing of the Association, promote its industry technical and subject matter expert leadership, and ultimately enable our collective voice to be heard.

At the beginning of 2015 we structured a new strategic plan, focusing the Association on the key issue facing our customers – environmental compliance, which expands into energy conservation and methane emissions abatement. Using our Government Affairs and Marketing groups as leaders, we have actively engaged the rule making bodies, EPA and DOE, and the World Trade Organization to advocate for change. Results to date have been outstanding and the FSA is starting to be recognized as a leading voice in the environmental compliance space. It’s clear we cannot and should not do this on our own. In conjunction with this effort we have increased our scope of 3rd party strategic partnerships and relationships so that we can collectively work to impact the rules and standards impacting our ultimate customers.

Click here to see a document that will provide some insight into the activities happening within the FSA over the past 2 years. The list is short and has somewhat limited detail so we strongly recommend that you reach out and ask for more information.  We would welcome the opportunity to share more information at our upcoming General Meeting in New Orleans on October 6-8.  Registration information can be found here.

 

 

 

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FSA Announces New Membership Category for Engineers and Engineering Companies

The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has received approval from its Board of Directors to adopt a new membership category, called Standards Partner, specifically designed to engage engineers and engineering companies who actively practice in design and consulting services relating to sealing devices and piping systems.


As a dynamic and growing association of sealing device manufacturers, the FSA has identified the collaborative opportunities to get their engineering communities together in advance of critical issues being identified. With the understanding that the FSA can provide information on best available technologies for sealing devices, they hope that new engagement with the engineering community at large can give them the community’s needs and wants based on their modern design principles in piping, vessels, and equipment.


For more information on the new FSA’s Standards Partner membership category, please click here.

FSA Technical Director Joins Pumps & Systems MENA Editorial Advisory Board

Pumps & Systems MENA, the new magazine for pump users in the Middle East and North Africa, announced that Henri Azibert, the Technical Director for the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), has joined its Editorial Advisory Board.

“I look forward to working with the staff at Pumps & Systems MENA,” Azibert said. “The global pumps market is very important to our members.”

As an Editorial Advisory Board member, Azibert will be consulted on the latest trends and challenges in the MENA pumps market.

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