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Our Story

Too often have we seen corporate acquisitions of independent valve companies cause a decrease in product quality and eliminate the relationship between customer and manufacturer.
We believe that by mastering the design, build and supply of the Severe Service Knife Gate Valve while listening to our customer’s needs, we can provide a superior product perfectly crafted for the task at hand.
DSS Valves - Knife Gate Valves Designed for Severe Service

Our Story

Too often have we seen corporate acquisitions of independent valve companies cause a decrease in product quality and eliminate the relationship between customer and manufacturer.

We believe that by mastering the design, build and supply of the Severe Service Knife Gate Valve while listening to our customer’s needs, we can provide a superior product perfectly crafted for the task at hand.

DSS Valves - Knife Gate Valves Designed for Severe Service

Meet the Team

Trent Runyon

President

With over 20 years of hands on experience in the KGV industry, Trent is responsible for creating, communicating and implementing the vision, mission and overall direction of DSS. His career started on the shop floor and has progressed through the major processes involved in crafting world class valves including CNC machine programming, CAD modeling, and engineering the development of castings for class 150, 300 and 600 designs. His ISO auditor experience enables him to lead the DSS Valve quality program, ISO registration and surveillance. Trent also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Sienna Heights University.

Jim Pellegrini

VP of Sales

Jim is not only the VP of Sales at DSS Valves, but also oversees a variety of manufacturing and design aspects that go into creating the leading Severe Service Knife Gate Valve in the market today. Over the past 21 years, Jim has been fortunate to work all over the globe including stints in Michigan, New York City, and Ravensthorpe Australia. During this time Jim has acted as operations manager, plant manager and on the engineering team for knife gate valve manufacturers. He also has experience in valve assembly and rebuilding processes, CNC Machining, CADD, welding, and industrial blue prints.

Dave Bergeron

Operations

Dave is the operations lead at DSS Valves. With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a secondary concentration in industrial engineering, Dave’s career has spanned over 40 years in the fields of valve manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and operations management. Dave acted as the Vice President of Operations for 19 years at a manufacturer of hydraulic & pneumatic valves for aircraft & medical industries. He is also a certified manufacturing engineer, and has extensive experience with machine shop processes.

Jennifer Foulks - Controller, DSS Valves

Jennifer Foulks

Controller

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Indiana University. Her career path in accounting has been focused in the manufacturing industry and has quickly grown from Staff Accountant to Controller over the past few years. Her broad skill set spans accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, multi-company expense allocations, bank reconciliations, financial report review, general ledger accounting, and customer service.

Bradley Okeley

Engineering Manager

Bradley Okeley is the Engineering Manager of DSS Valves and has been involved in the industrial valve industry for over 13 years. Much of this time has been spent designing and analyzing guided shear gate valves that can be found operating in many installations around the world. Bradley also has a background in industrial compressors and compressor installations, with a focus on rotary screw machinery. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University as well as a Minor in Mathematics.

DSS Valves Design Technician Mike Bigsby

Mike Bigsby

Design Technician

With over 13 years of direct experience machining and modelling industrial Knife Gate Valves, Mike Bigsby is the Design Technician at DSS. Mike relies on his extensive CNC programming and manufacturing expertise along with his in-depth knowledge of machining exotic materials to perform his key responsibilities. Mike lends his expertise to developing and managing product designs, advising and assisting vendors and manufacturers throughout the machining process, maintaining up to date documentation, and administering design material throughout the process.

The Severe Service
Knife Gate Valve

Since the SSKGV made it to the USA, it has gone through a variety of improvements in the quest for zero leakage. We’re proud to offer the most enhanced version of the valve to date.
The Knife Gate Valve began its journey in the Swedish Pulp and Paper industry.

The Severe Service
Knife Gate Valve

Since the SSKGV made it to the USA, it has gone through a variety of improvements in the quest for zero leakage. We’re proud to offer the most enhanced version of the valve to date.
The Knife Gate Valve began its journey in the Swedish Pulp and Paper industry.
Evolution of the Severe Service Knife Gate Valve

The Evolution of the Severe Service Knife Gate Valve

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North American Made,
Internationally Sold

Our valves are designed and manufactured entirely on North American soil. From engineering and milling, to welding, assembly and testing, each critical step takes place in the United States and Canada.

American Made, Internationally Sold

Our valves are designed and manufactured entirely on American soil. From engineering and milling, to welding, assembly and testing, each critical step takes place in the United States.
DSS Valves - Shipped Internationally

DSS Valves International

The Sales & Marketing division of the DSS Valves brand was founded by experienced valve professionals with extensive application expertise. Our primary goal is to supply premier Knife Gate Valve solutions and other Severe Service applications to customers operating steel, mining, pulp & paper, water/wastewater and oil and gas plants around the world. With a background in distribution, we enable DSS Valves to focus on the manufacturing process and utilize our established distribution network and go-to-market experience to sell valves based on your applications’ needs.

DSS Valves International
DSS Valves - Shipped Internationally

DSS Valves International

The Sales & Marketing division of the DSS Valves brand was founded by experienced valve professionals with extensive application expertise. Our primary goal is to supply premier Knife Gate Valve solutions and other Severe Service applications to customers operating steel, mining, pulp & paper, water/wastewater and oil and gas plants around the world. With a background in distribution, we enable DSS Valves to focus on the manufacturing process and utilize our established distribution network and go-to-market experience to sell valves based on your applications’ needs.

DSS Valves International