Pipe Valve & Fitting Roundtable to endow Texas A&M scholarship

The Pipe Valve & Fitting Roundtable will endow a scholarship for industrial distribution students at Texas A&M University.

The $25,000 gift will be made to the Texas A&M Foundation over a period of five years.

“The PVF Roundtable has long been concerned with the development of tomorrow’s industrial professionals, and the late Don Caffee, an officer of PVF Roundtable and the owner of a talent recruitment business, felt very strongly about this. We are very pleased to support A&M’s Industrial Distribution Program, and one of our principal fund-raising efforts for this is the Don Caffee Memorial golf tournament held in Houston every fall,” said Ron Merrick, PVF Roundtable past president.

“We are very thankful for the Roundtable’s vision and generosity,” said Dr. F. Barry Lawrence, director of the university’s Industrial Distribution Program and holder of the Leonard and Valerie Bruce Chair. “As one of the largest and most complex industrial channels, the Roundtable’s support has provided jobs for our students and a continuously growing knowledge base through research projects and generous grants from their members. The PVF industry, as represented by the Roundtable, is the prototype for industry/university alliances that advance the university’s knowledge and the industry’s competitive position.”

Members of the Houston-based organization include manufacturers, distributors, piping designers, engineering firms, construction companies and end-users. Their goal is to improve the industry’s quality process by focusing on communication methods, advance in education, assistance

The Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M prepares its graduates to be professionals in the $4 trillion business of moving industrial products from a manufacturer to an end-user while maintaining a local inventory, providing credit, technical product support, sales and service.

The fall 2010 enrollment for the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution was 900 undergraduate and 25 graduate students. Other programs in the department are Electronics Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Telecommunications Engineering Technology.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.