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Vortex celebrates ruby anniversary

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Dry Bulk,

This month, Vortex celebrates 40 years of designing and manufacturing slide gates, diverter valves, iris diaphragms and loading spouts for use in gravity flow, dilute phase and dense phase pneumatic conveying applications.

Kansas-based bulk material handling equipment maker Vortex was founded in 1977 by Loren Neil Peterson and his son-in-law, Lee Young. The company was established with its patented Vortex orifice gate – the first valve designed specifically for handling dry bulk solid materials.

Since then, Vortex has established more than 20 innovative valve designs which are being used by more than 20 000 factories in 80 countries to handle thousands of material types.

Vortex has continued to grow and establish itself as the leader in dry bulk material handling components. Much has changed over 40 years.

Using expert knowledge and premier product design, Vortex has thrived on its commitment to providing global process solutions through localised customer relationships. The company has reinforced this mission by establishing the Vortex global service network. These agents have expanded Vortex services to reach worldwide.

In 2006, Vortex opened an international office in Darlington, UK, to establish business activities in African, Asian, and European markets.

When the UK office was opened, it had only a handful of customers – which led to many obstacles in establishing business. Despite this, the company knew it could find its niche in new markets if they could assist customers with specific processing problems, while also delivering excellent service and response. Since then, the UK office has persevered by staying true to that mission and continues to thrive as Vortex’s international beacon.

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