Kirk Provides Trapped Key Interlock Delivery and Service to Canadian Electrical Market

Sales team and representative network services electrical switchgear customers across US and Canada; including Federal Pioneer V-Series users
North Canton, OH (November 21, 2014) – Kirk has been manufacturing quality trapped key interlock products and interlocking solutions in the USA since 1932. Over the past 10 years, Kirk has actively expanded its representative base into the Canadian market, partnering with experienced representatives to ensure Canadian customers receive the same high level of service they’ve come to expect from Kirk.

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Kirk’s Canadian Distributors

Kirk’s representative base extends across Canada. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are served by T&D Products (780-419-7145). Composite Power Group (519-942-8485) serves the Ontario market. Customers in Quebec may contact PTS Electrique (514-457-8886) for service. All representatives and their teams are knowledgeable about Kirk’s products and can aid in determining customer specific needs, products, and schemes.

Kirk has also recently entered into an agreement with Schneider Electric to provide exclusive service for Schneider Electric’s Federal Pioneer V-Series key interlocks. Federal Pioneer customers can contact Kirk directly or work through the Canadian representatives to order replacement keys or equivalent replacement V-Series interlocks.

Kirk key interlocks have been instrumental in protecting personnel and equipment and continue to be an important part of process safety worldwide. Trapped key interlocking is accepted by global standards, safety, and insurance authorities as the most reliable and cost effective method to guard against operator error and hazardous energy discharge.

For more information on Kirk’s products, and assistance with Federal Pioneer products, call a Kirk Canadian representative listed above, or contact Kirk’s technical sales engineers directly at sales@kirkkey.com or by phone at 234-209-9301 or 800-438-2442.

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Trapped Key Interlock Systems Learning Opportunity at PrevenRio

Kirk Key presents Vivaldo Mendes de Souza
Massillon, Ohio (August 5, 2014) – Kirk Key Interlock Co. will sponsor a technical session on trapped key interlocking during PrevenRio – Feira Nacional de Saúde e Segurança no Trabalho, which takes place August 19-21, at the Centro de Convenções SulAmérica (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The session titled “Sistema Kirk de Intertravamento” will be led by respected safety expert Vivaldo Mendes de Souza at 19:00 on August 20th.

In his presentation, Mendes de Souza will discuss the differences between mechanical locks and trapped key interlocking products offered by Kirk. Kirk’s interlock systems protect personnel and equipment by ensuring a pre-determined safety sequence is followed each time hazardous equipment is accessed. Health and safety engineers and technicians can expect to learn about basic safety interlocking, when it’s best implemented, and how it compares to other safety procedures such as lock out/tag out.

To register for the technical session, visit: http://www.protecaoeventos.com.br/eventos/content/evento/?id_menu=12600&id_eventopai=4&id_menupai=12548.

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Kirk Key Brings Trapped Key Interlock Systems to APC/PCUG

Comprehensive interlocking for the power industry
Massillon, Ohio (June 6, 2014) – Kirk Key Interlock Co. will exhibit its full range of mechanical, electromechanical, transfer, access, and bolt trapped key interlocks, including the new Eagle Series for valve interlocking, at the  2014 Air Pollution Control/Pollution Control Users Group (APC/PCUG) Conference & Expo July 14-15, at the Galt House (Louisville, Ky.), booth 79.

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Eagle and HD Series Locks from Kirk Key

Kirk’s interlock systems protect personnel and equipment by ensuring a pre-determined safety sequence is followed each time hazardous equipment is accessed in the power industry. Its new Eagle Series integral valve interlocks fit nearly every type and size of quarter and multi-turn valves. The Heavy Duty (HD) Series trapped key interlocks are designed for long, reliable service life in challenging environments. The robust construction withstands weather and the high fly ash levels in coal burning power plants. When used in combination, Eagle and HD Series locks provide a comprehensive safety system for the power industry.

Visitors to Kirk’s booth will find informative hands-on demonstrations and animations illustrating trapped key interlock coordination schemes specific to the power industry.

For more information, visit booth 79 at APC/PCUG.

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Kirk Key Interlock Company Expands Operations in Brazil

New facility offers rapid availability of safety interlocking systems
Massillon, Ohio (May 30, 2014) – Kirk Key Interlock Company has established a new location in São Paulo Brazil to build product and support a growing South American demand for safety interlocking systems. The new location will speed product delivery, improve access to training and simplify financial transactions throughout Brazil and South America.

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Kirk Key Interlock Company has established a new location in São Paulo Brazil.

Interlocking systems require a thorough application review, as well as product customization to suit customer needs. The São Paulo location now offers this locally, to include technical consultation for system design as well as seminars and Kirk-certified project design courses. The majority of the Kirk product line is now available locally – as a national product – with one-week delivery on most items.

Leandro Cesar Mudrai Costa, a licensed Metallurgical and Production Engineer, manages the São Paulo facility. Peter D’Alessandro, a licensed Civil Engineer, continues as Business Development Manager for Latin America.

Luft Brasil Ind. e Com. Ltda. has represented Kirk for a number of years and will continue to do so with increased support from the new local office. Given that Kirk now offers a Brazilian national product with all the added advantages for delivery and cost, it seeks additional representatives to expand its geographical scope. Interested parties should contact Kirk Brazil directly using the information below.

Kirk operates as a branch of its parent company, Halma do Brasil – Equipamentos de Segurança Ltda. To learn more about Kirk capabilities, please make contact per the following:

Rua do Oratório, 1606 – Cj.608
CEP: 03116–000     –   Mooca
São Paulo – Brasil
(+55 11) 2306-3345
(+55 11) 2306-4539
www.kirkkey.com.br
vendas@kirkkey.com

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Kirk Key Brings Trapped Key Interlock Systems to IEEE PES Show

Comprehensive interlocking for power industry
Massillon, Ohio (March 10, 2014) – Kirk Key Interlock Co. will exhibit its full range of trapped key interlocks, including the new Eagle Series for valve interlocking, at the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Power Engineering Society (IEEE PES) Transmission and Distribution Exposition, April 14-17 at the McCormick Place Convention Center (Chicago, Ill.), booth 1842.

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Kirk’s range of trapped key interlocks for electrical switchgear or power generation and distribution applications.

Kirk’s interlock systems ensure that a pre-determined sequence of operation is followed for safe shutdown and startup of equipment in electrical switchgear or power generation and distribution applications. Its new Eagle Series integral valve interlocks fit nearly every type and size of quarter and multi-turn valves. When paired with Kirk’s mechanical and electromechanical trapped key interlocks, the combination provides a comprehensive safety system for the power industry. To suit a variety of needs, Kirk’s trapped key interlocks come in Standard Duty (SD), Medium Duty (MD) and Heavy Duty (HD) configurations.

Both switchgear OEMs and end users visiting Kirk’s booth will find informative hands-on demonstrations and animations illustrating trapped key interlock coordination schemes specific to the power industry.

For more information, visit Kirk at IEEE PES booth 1842.

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Kirk Breaks Ground on New Facility

North Canton, Ohio  (Oct. 18, 2013) – Construction has begun on a new 24,000 square-foot building that will be the new location for Kirk Key Interlock Company. The industrial safety company, working with DeHoff Development Company, will sit on  2.6 acres in the Akcan Industrial Park in North Canton. Campbell Construction Inc. is constructing the facility.

Kirk new facility rendering
Kirk Key Interlock Co. has 42 employees at its Massillon location and expects continued growth.

“A new building in a great location will serve us well as we recruit new employees and continue to grow our business,” said company president Scott Life. Kirk expects to move in to the building in May 2014.

Kirk Key Interlock Company manufactures and sells safety systems to safeguard people and plant equipment in industrial environments. Kirk products can be found in many industries, including switchgear, power generation and distribution, steel and automotive. With a wide range of mechanical and electro-mechanical interlocks, Kirk offers complete interlock systems for thousands of customers worldwide.

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Kirk Key to Showcase Power Plant Safety Locks at APC/PCUG Expo

Massillon, Ohio (May 22, 2013) – Kirk Key will present its comprehensive line of trapped key interlocks for coal-fired power plants at the 2013 APC/PCUG Roundtable & Expo in St. Louis.

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Kirk Key’s bolt interlock HD Series and valve interlock Eagle Lock Series combine to provide a safe solution for coal-burning plant operators. The interlock systems ensure that a pre-determined sequence of operation is followed for shutdown and startup of equipment in the power plant. Each step in the sequence releases a key that allows operators to safely proceed to the next step.

Both the HD Series and the Eagle Lock Series are made entirely of 316 stainless steel and offer excellent performance standards in high-temperature or corrosive environments common in the power industry. The Eagle Lock Series fits all sizes of multi-turn and quarter turn valves and installation is integral to the valve body so as not to void the valve warranty.

The company will exhibit its interlocks at the APC/PCUG Expo July 8 and 9 at booths 51 and 52 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel.

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Kirk Key Adds Frank Navratil to Board of Directors

Long-time engineer joins company as non-executive director 

Massillon, Ohio (April 11, 2013) – Kirk Key Interlock Co. has installed Frank Navratil, a longtime executive of the Eaton Corp., as a non-executive director of its board.

Navratil

Navratil spent 33 years with Eaton Corp., first as a marketing and general manager and later as vice president of sales and marketing and vice president in the company’s Electrical Group. He retired from Eaton in 2007 and has consulted for Kirk Key since 2011. Navratil earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“Frank’s extensive international experience – especially in the switchgear market – adds valuable insight as we look to expand Kirk Key’s presence in the Americas,” said Scott Life, president of Kirk Key.

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Kirk Key hires Bill Trautmann as new Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Ed Dugas as Northeastern Sales Engineer

Massillon, Ohio (December 12, 2012) – Kirk Key Interlock has appointed two new employees to its management team.

Bill Trautmann, a veteran global sales and marketing executive, will manage and develop the Kirk sales team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Ed Dugas will provide customer sales support for 12 states as Northeastern Sales Engineer.

Bill Trautmann

Ed Dugas

Ed Dugas

Trautmann most recently worked as president of Haclan Group, a sales and marketing consulting firm. His 17 years of experience in high voltage protection and motor industries includes various management roles at Ametek and the S&C Electric Company. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He will also join Kirk’s Board of Directors in his new role.

Dugas will work directly with customers to incorporate Kirk’s trapped key interlocks and related products, as well as manage the activity of Kirk’s sales representatives in the 12-state region. He’ll be based in Philadelphia and serve customers in states from Virginia to Maine. Dugas previously was Sales Manager for Power Magnetics, and he has managed sales and marketing for multiple manufacturing companies. Dugas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Kirk Key Establishes Foothold in South America

Peter D’Alessandro appointed to head business development effort
Massillon, Ohio (June 1, 2012) – To meet the growing global demand for its safety systems, Kirk Key Interlock Company has appointed Peter D’Alessandro Business Development Manager to direct operations for the South American market.

 

Peter D’Alessandro, Business Development Manager, Kirk Key

Peter D’Alessandro, Business Development Manager, Kirk Key

A resident of São Paulo, Brazil for the past ten years, D’Alessandro is tasked with organizing a local support structure for customers, consultants and distributors throughout Brazil and South America. Through his considerable industry experience, Kirk Key will offer educational seminars and training for its complete line of keyed safety interlocks. The company is also growing its distributor network to increase brand awareness and local sales support in new markets. In addition, D’Alessandro will assist Kirk Key in its efforts to establish a local manufacturing facility to better support and serve this vast and growing new market.

D’Alessandro’s brings key experience to Kirk’s effort. Fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish, he has lived and worked in Brazil for 18 years. Most recently he was Managing Director for Emerson Network Power, Brazil (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Prior to that, he served as Managing Director, Latin America for Eaton Powerware (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A US Army and Vietnam veteran, he earned a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point (Highland Falls, N.Y.) and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science from Rice University (Houston, Texas).

“It is Kirk Key’s intention to nationalize our offering in this very important region as much as technical requirements will permit,” explained Kirk Key Vice President of Sales Sean McGuinness. “Today’s market requires a rapid response and quick delivery only possible through local operation.”

To learn more about Kirk Key, customers in South America may contact D’Alessandro at peter@kirkkey.com or + 55 11 9233 9488. Alternatively, visit www.kirkkey.com to access translated product and company information.

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