Black Enterprise Magazine Selects Denise Cade to 2019 Most Powerful Women in Business List

Company News
February 27, 2019

Lake Forest, IL, (February 27, 2019) – Black Enterprise magazine announced that it has selected Denise Cade, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX), to the publication’s 2019 Most Powerful Women in Business list.

The magazine’s exclusive listing of the highest-ranking and most influential African American female executives appears in the first quarter 2019 edition and online. Black Enterprise will formally honor Cade during its Women of Power Summit, March 2 at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

“The legal expertise and leadership Denise contributes to our organization is a tremendous asset to IDEX, something Black Enterprise clearly recognizes in her as well,” Chairman and CEO Andrew Silvernail said. “We are fortunate to have her as part of our senior leadership team and are thrilled for her to receive this honor.”

Last year, Savoy magazine named Cade to its 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers in recognition of her distinguished legal career and outstanding commitment to the community.

Cade has a long and esteemed legal career. She joined IDEX in 2015 from SunCoke Energy, where she held the role of senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. Prior to SunCoke, she worked for PPG Industries, Inc. based in Pittsburgh in several different roles, including general counsel of the Glass and Fiber Glass Division, chief M&A counsel, chief securities & finance counsel, and assistant general counsel & corporate secretary. She started her career in private practice in Washington, D.C.

Cade holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She devotes time to organizations that prioritize the professional development and advancement of women and people of color, including The Chicago Network, where she serves on the Board of Directors, The Executive Leadership Council, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Georgetown Law Alumni Board.

Vetter Lifting Bags Help Recover Indonesian Passenger Jet

Company News
February 22, 2019

Emergency crews used lifting bags manufactured by Vetter to recover a Boeing 737 that overshot the runway last weekend.

The Lion Air jet landed during heavy rains and slid off the end of the runway at Pontianak airport in the western province of West Kalimantan on Saturday, February 16. All 180 passengers and seven crew members evacuated safely.

Thanks to Vetter’s lifting bags, crews were able to extract the plane from the mud.

Airports around the world have purchased Vetter lifting bags for airplane recovery efforts. Slipped under an aircraft and then inflated, the bags slowly raise the plane.

Vetter also manufactures lifting bags used for building collapses and safety cushions for people forced to jump to escape burning buildings.

Hale Products Aids Firefighter Cancer Research

Company News
February 12, 2019

Hale Products, an IDEX company based in Ocala, Florida, recently began supporting research into ways to reduce firefighters’ exposure to harmful carcinogens.

According to, firefighters have a 250 percent increased chance of developing cancer because of toxins in smoke.

Along with an increase in risk, firefighters also have a 14 percent higher mortality rate than the average person because of the inherent dangers of the job.

To aid the firefighter community, Hale donated $2,000 to support Gary Baum and The Fox Valley Career Center to support their research.

The Fox Valley Career Center, located in Maple Park, Illinois, is a vocational school focused on Fire Science, EMT, Criminal Justice training and more. Gary Baum, lead instructor of The Fox Valley Fire Science department, has been conducting national research to reduce carcinogenic exposure to firefighters using Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS).

Baum received an Award of Excellence from The International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2017 for his research. Hale’s donation will allow Baum and his Fox Valley students to test CAFS technology to further reduce risk for firefighters.

CAFS is a system used to extinguish fires more quickly, while also reducing property damage. In addition to reducing the amount of water needed to suppress a fire, CAFS mitigates firefighters’ risk to harmful toxins and carcinogens.

Gary Baum, lead instructor of The Fox Valley Fire Science department

Viking Pump Creates Delicious New Chocolate Pump (Video)

Company News
February 6, 2019

As consumers buy billions of dollars of Valentine’s Day candy, did you know that an estimated 70 percent of chocolate produced in the United States is pumped through a Viking Pump? And Viking, an IDEX company, improved those chocolate pumps last year based on customer feedback.

Viking introduced new positive displacement pumps for candy factories, redesigning them with double O-ring seals to eliminate leaking, which had been necessary to lubricate shaft packing in the past, but which wasted valuable chocolate and made a mess.

In its first year, the new pump design has been embraced by many major American chocolate manufacturers.

To eliminate leakage, earn hygienic certification and to reduce pump LM variation within and between plants, the Viking team designed its new chocolate pump. It includes a leak preventative seal, EC1935 compliance (an EU certification on food contact materials safety), and a single product – 224A-CHC1, which works on all chocolates thanks to flush and suckback grooves that flush chocolate behind the rotor, drilled idlers that keep the idler bushing lubricated, and steel or ductile iron rotors that can handle the range of viscosities.

Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Viking Pump has been a trusted partner to chocolate and confectionery processors around the world for more than a century. Known for their ability to move problematic liquids, Viking’s internal gear pumps transport, recirculate and process chocolate all over a factory – from trucks to tanks to enrobers.

The internal gear pump operates with a pump rotor and an idler. The pump rotor (outer gear) is mounted to the pump’s shaft and rotates at slow speeds, turning the idler (inner) gear on the idler pin. The gears open large spaces between their teeth as they turn, creating low pressure zones that enable atmospheric pressure to flow chocolate in. As the gears close together, the spaces collapse, and chocolate flows out the discharge port.

Check out Viking Pump’s video explaining how it all works.

BAND-IT bands, buckles aid in “Restore The George” Rehabilitation Project

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February 5, 2019

Connecting Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge (GWB) is one of the world’s busiest bridges. Serving more than 50 million travelers in 2015, issues of wear-and-tear and weathering on the bridge have been of rising concern for the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey.

BAND-IT, an IDEX company based in Denver, manufactures trusted band clamping and fastening solutions especially suited for high corrosion environments like the “Restore The George” Rehabilitation Project.

BAND-IT stainless steel bands and Ear-Lokt buckles are currently used on the bridge’s steel-braided suspension cables to maintain compression. The main cables of a suspension bridge are comprised of many smaller cables, which are bound together at regular intervals with a strip of stainless steel banding and a buckle to hold the tension like a belt. After cables are secured with BAND-IT bands, the cables are then wrapped in neoprene fabric to protect the cables from weathering and deterioration.

During recent inspection of the bridge, construction officials determined there are more than 24,000 BAND-IT bands and buckles, equating to roughly 20 miles of stainless steel banding currently installed on the bridge. Each band will be replaced as part of the rehabilitation project.

BAND-IT solutions have also been used on other suspension spans, including the Mackinaw, Newport and Tacoma Narrows bridges

George Washington Bridge

Chinese New Year Party Marks 30 Years of IDEX

Company News
February 4, 2019

With “Together, 30 Years of Excellence” as the theme, IDEX China colleagues recently held annual Chinese New Year Party with great fanfare in Suzhou.

Elaborate decorations set the scene of China in the 1930s. The festivities on January 24th included employees performing beautiful dance, singing and drama in honor of the occasion.

Employees performed charitable work on site.

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