Training Makes Perfect

A.W. Chesterton unveils new industrial training center 
A.W. Chesterton Company, the industrial equipment fluid sealing specialist headquartered in Groveland, Mass., has expanded its facilities at that main location (north of Boston) with a new industrial training center, a valve emissions testing facility, and an industrial equipment service location to support its New England-based customers.


The training facility, recently featured on a number of websites such as Hydro World and Empowering Pumps, is expected to house the company initiative for new knowledge-based training programs.

This industrial equipment training facility provides training for plant engineers and plant maintenance staff from a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, hydropower, and commercial water.  A platform of intensive training programs is designed to help Chesterton customers build and retain much needed critical workforce skills at a time when many companies are facing a looming shortage of skilled workers due to retiring experts, an inability to attract new talent, and the loss of in-plant training programs.

According to the “The Future of Manufacturing”, a report prepared by Deloitte and the World Economic Forum, an estimated 10 million manufacturing jobs worldwide cannot be filled due to a growing skills gap — with potentially drastic impact on companies’ performance and profitability.

“We’re delivering training expertise in areas where process plants need it most – best practices in sealing equipment reliability and safely, reducing valve methane emissions, protecting equipment in challenging environments, and learning how to better reduce energy and water use in equipment operation” said Brian O’Donnell, Chesterton President and CEO. “We train not only how to seal equipment effectively, but also what works best for specific and challenging applications”

Chesterton’s new training facility has practical hands-on equipment laboratories for pumps, valves, and hydraulic-pneumatic equipment as well as coatings application and lubrication best practices.  Recent classes provided training to groups from South American, Japan, and China.26109421594_dee32d488c_z

The testing facility is part of an effort to support global emissions initiatives that can help keep the world a cleaner place. To support its customers meeting the latest global emissions standards, Chesterton has opened the testing facility with the ability to test valves up to 12” diameter in a range of media, including methane. Testing capabilities now include API624, ISO15848-1, as well as TaLuft. This new facility enables Chesterton to develop tailored solutions for customers’ critical valve applications. The addition falls in accordance with Chesterton’s mission to help its customers focused on the Oil & Gas and Chemical industry sectors improve the reliability, efficiency, and compliance of their critical valves.

Chesterton’s expansion also includes a New England Service Center to provide mechanical seals, pump, and cylinders repairs as well as a wide variety of other capabilities focused on industrial equipment repair, upgrade, and installation.  This opening is part of the company’s overall plan to provide regional servicing. The company already operates centers in Louisiana and Houston.


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