Timeline

Kerotest Milestones

1909

Kerotest is incorporated as Pittsburgh Reinforced Brazing & Machine Company.

1914

Kerotest develops valves for high pressure compressed gases.

1917

The FIRST American manufactured cast steel gate valve for the oil industry is introduced.

1921

Testing of high-pressure valves with Kerosene is introduced and becomes an industry standard.

1927

"Kerotest" meaning "Kerosene Tested" is adopted as the new company name.

1930

Kerotest introduces the FIRST Packless Metal-Diaphragm valve to the refrigeration market.

1942-43

The Unites States Maritime Commission grants Kerotest three "M" Awards for outstanding production effectiveness supporting War efforts, an achievement obtained by less than 5% of participating manufacturers.

1963

Kerotest enters the gas distribution industry with "Model 1", the FIRST steel gate valve designed specifically for natural gas service.

1965

Kerotest develops "special" ultra-clean valves for the emerging semi-conductor industry.

1971

Kerotest receives the ASME "N" stamp and introduces the FIRST Packless Metal-Diaphragm valve for nuclear service and becomes the leading valve supplier to over 100 nuclear power plants worldwide.

1976

The United States Secretary of Commerce grants Kerotest the President's "E" Certificate for exports "For an outstanding effort to the Export Expansion Program of the United States of America".

1980

The Department of Energy (DOE) selects Kerotest, as one of two suppliers, to manufacture specialty valves supporting the Uranium Enrichment program.

1982

Kerotest invents, patents and introduces the world's FIRST hermetic bellows stem seal device, the HSS, for rotary, quarter turn flow control devices.

1983

Kerotest becomes an "employee owned company" with the development of an ESOP.

1985

Kerotest introduces the Innogaz Electrofusion system to the natural gas market.

1987

Kerotest becomes the FIRST approved Polyethylene Valve supplier to British Gas (BG PS/V7).

1988

Kerotest introduces the ANSI Class 150 Weldball, an all-welded steel ball valve product line to the natural gas market.

1989

Kerotest acquires its Louisiana Manufacturing Facility under long term lease, thus opening its second American manufacturing facility.

1991

Kerotest's dedication to providing high quality, innovative products and service is further enhanced with the commitment to the Total Quality Management philosophy.

1993

Kerotest celebrates 30 years of continuous service of the "Model 1" gate valve in the natural gas distribution industry.

1994

Kerotest introduces ANSI Class 300 Weldball, expanding the all-welded steel ball valve product line offering to the natural gas industry.

1994

Kerotest introduces the FIRST "universal" electrofusion control box to the natural gas market, the Charlotte Universal Electrofusion Control Box .

1995

Kerotest relocates to state-of-the-art manufacturing, machining and office facilities in Pittsburgh, PA, making a $7 million dollar investment.

1998

Kerotest invents, patents and introduces the FIRST cordless, battery-powered electrofusion control box, the PortafuseTM, to the natural gas industry.

1999

Kerotest is honored as the "Pennsylvania ESOP Company of the Year" by the ESOP Association at a ceremony in Washington DC.

2000

Kerotest acquires the "Marsh-Bellofram Instrument Valve" product line expanding its current needle and gage valve product line offerings.

2002

Kerotest purchases the Louisiana Manufacturing Facility outright, making a $4.5 million dollar investment in the facility and new manufacturing equipment.

2003

Kerotest introduces the Polyball™ Polyethylene Ball Valve to the natural gas industry produced at Kerotest's Louisiana Facility on multi-million dollar state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, with an industry FIRST of full forward and backward traceability.

2007

Kerotest is awarded contract to produce valves for the American Centrifuge Plant (ACP) in Portsmouth, Ohio, a nuclear enrichment facility.

2008

Kerotest celebrates 25 years as an “Employee Owned Company,” opens additional 50,000 square foot Pittsburgh facility for the production of valves for the nuclear industry.

2009

Kerotest marks its 100-year anniversary with year-long “Kerotest of Time” celebration that includes time-capsule dedication, invitation-only event at Heinz History Center, major AGA Show exhibition, and Kerotest100.com micro-site.