|By Kevin J. Hoey, Chairman, ABMA, and President/CEO, AESYS Technologies, LLC|
Over 125 years ago, in 1888, 119 manufacturers of boilers, fabricators, end-users and associated equipment and material suppliers banded together to form the American Boiler Manufacturers Association.
This vision was borne from the recognition of shoddy craftsmanship and the prevalent use of inferior materials and design, thus causing many boiler explosions, resulting in considerable property damage, economic loss and sadly, many fatalities.
As boilers played a key role at the beginning of the industrial revolution, ABMA’s earliest pledge was to ensure consistency in construction specification, to advance the interests of its members and provide statistical data, relative to the trade.
The ABMA’s mission today remains unchanged.
ABMA was at the forefront, and the main impetus, together with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in development of the boiler construction codes and material specifications and manufacturing processes, with what has developed into the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBPVI) and its in-field inspection guidance and codes and the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) fire safety codes.
As we enter a new year, there is much to reflect upon. After ABMA’s recent 125TH Anniversary, ABMA today stands strong as the oldest, longest serving, continuously operating trade association in the United States.
Sadly, ABMA President and CEO Randy Rawson suddenly passed away Nov. 23, 2013. Randy had steadfastly provided much guidance, counsel and friendship in his tenure; a man, who will be sorely missed. His legacy is having had developed and passed along a sound, prosperous, relevant and vibrant organization.
Insofar as the ABMA draws its strength from a diverse group of companies, products, people, ideas and opinions, the future promises great opportunities; opportunities to accommodate regulatory and legislative mandates, to foster end-user expectations and employ technological advancements.
The ABMA will continue to welcome change, advancement, adversity and contrarian views as opportunities to define clarity of position and ably advance the ABMA’s mission. The ABMA identity, mission and visibility, to the public at large, shall continue to remain as relevant 125 years from now, as it does today.
It is because of the unselfish and unending support of the ABMA membership that the various markets, for which we all serve, benefit from its legacy; a legacy of exceptional commitment which affords relevancy to the world, truth in its mission and longevity in its charge.
The members of the ABMA are the designers, engineers and manufacturers which deliver reliable, efficient and safe hot-water, steam, heat recovery and electric generating equipment and ancillary products to the world. It is the ABMA, and its membership, which is poised, and fit, to remain so for the next 125 years.
ABMA today stands strong as the oldest, longest serving, continuously operating trade association in the United States.
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