W&O announces exclusive representation of Pres-Vac valve and marine inert gas systems

W&O, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products, valve automation and data management systems, announces that Pres-Vac has named W&O as the exclusive distributor of Pres-Vac’s pressure/vacuum valve and inert gas systems in the United States, as well as the only factory-authorized service center in North America.

“We chose W&O as our exclusive U.S. distributor and only factory-authorized service center in North America due to the company’s combined years of experience in serving the marine industry and the innovative solutions they develop for their customers,” says John Lindhardt Frandsen, CEO of Pres-Vac Engineering Aps, in a W&O press release. “W&O’s representatives have an astute understanding of the needs of marine vessel owners and operators, and are best positioned to integrate Pres-Vac’s valve and inert gas systems appropriately into projects where our products will provide the most benefit.”

W&O’s Automated Valve and Controls facility in Houston, Texas, will house the only factory-authorized service center in North America, with all 15 domestic W&O branches serving as strategic distribution points throughout the U.S. Pres-Vac holds 50 percent of the worldwide market in high-velocity pressure/vacuum valves, positively positioning W&O domestically as a leader in the industry, W&O says. Furthermore, Pres-Vac’s inert gas systems, including its marine nitrogen system, offer 30 percent energy savings over conventional systems, W&O adds, and provide a safe storage environment for hazardous cargo and preserve perishable goods.

“Pres-Vac’s solutions have proven reliable and dependable, delivering beyond customer expectations and performance standards in tank venting requirements, which must operate fault-free for crew and cargo safety,” said Michael Hume, W&O’s president and CEO. “We’re confident that our partnership will provide significant ROI to our customers and Pres-Vac, while enhancing W&O’s leadership position as a value-added integrated solution provider in the maritime industry.”