Vector Controls & Automation Group announce Av-Tek partnership

Vector Controls & Automation Group and Av-Tek announced today our alliance, which includes the sale and support of all the Av-Tek products in the following states: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, and northwest Arkansas. This alliance will give Vector Controls more flexibility in terms of how it pursues the water and wastewater industry. Product such as the DEX Double Eccentric Butterfly Valve and the VRX Plunger Valve are built with high quality components built to last 50+ years with virtually no maintenance and have various engineered options when developing specifications with clients.

“We firmly believe that our dedicated Water/Wastewater team is growing and still in its infancy – and this partnership marks the next chapter of extending our solutions profile,” said Sales Manager Bruce Philpy. “I want to thank Greg Bilbao and his team for working closely with us on the creation of this partnership. The Water and Wastewater industry is and will continue to be, an incredibly important part of Vector’s future.”


About Vector Controls & Automation Group

Based in La Porte, Texas Vector Controls and Automation Group is committed to helping our customers solve the most complex measurement, control, automation, and analytical problems. Experienced application specialists in our Instrumentation and Automation, With Regional Support Centers and professionals located throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma,  Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, and northwest Arkansas, Vector Controls strives to achieve and provide the highest level of customer service along with the industry’s top technical professionals to help find solutions for your applications.


About Av-Tek Water Management

Based in Salt Lake City Utah, Av-Tek valves are manufactured with the highest quality and materials to provide years of service.  Av-Tek designs their valves with quality, longevity and ease of maintenance in mind.  Each component is designed to ensure the highest performance possible.  Av-Tek prides themselves with creating engineered solutions to your valve problems.

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November 20th Flare Monitoring Training

Interested in learning more about Williamson Flare Monitors and their applications? Vector University now offers a 1 day “hands on” course on Non-Contact flare monitoring specific to the needs of maintenance and engineering personnel. Some topic that will be reviewed in the class include:

Pilot Monitors (PM) value-benefit/regulatory requirements/ease of use
Flare Monitors (FM) environmental concerns/reduce cost/increase productivity
Flame Intensity Monitors (FI) specific field use/target markets

Our class is taught in a working PTU with our factory trained personnel Sr. Applications Specialist Chris Fournet.

Register early class sizes are limited.

Basic Instrumentation Vector University November 12-16

Vector University recently added a Basic Instrumentation course November 12-16th in our La Porte facility. You can check out the course details on our site or view our most recent video on YouTube. Register now at

Labor Day Weekend- Safety Moment

We hope you and your family make it a great Labor Day weekend. Since its the “last weekend” of the summer make sure to be aware of the heat and sun.  Here is a quick safety moment about the use and value of protecting your skin from the sun. Thank you to Astava for this great safety moment.

Choose a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging.

Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%; SPF 50 sunscreens filter about 98%, and SPF 100 filter about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely.

“Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof,” and manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they are. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. For best results, reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Sunscreen usually rubs off when you towel yourself dry, so you will need to put more on.

40 Days 40 Prizes Vectoberfest October 4th

We are only out a few weeks for Vectoberfest 2018. Join us as we network with our partners have great food and win prizes! Register at

Hurricane Harvey- One year later

Hard to believe it has already been one year since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast.  South Texas, Houston  and Southeast Texas (SETX) were hit the hardest.  The resilience of our community and how Texans come together was and is remarkable.  In a time of need of that magnitude our resolve was truly tested.  At Vector, we were extremely fortunate that there were just a few of us that had some damage personally, and our La Porte office was mostly unharmed.  However, while things were down, we hitched trailers traveled to the areas hit by the storm to help out. Just a small token but an emotional experience for our team because there were so many people in need and had…in just a few days…lost everything.

As we all remember where we were and the family member or friend that lost some things or everything that day, it is hard to believe that there are still people in our community displaced.  Keep them in your prayers and hope they have peace soon.

When times are most difficult, we find out a lot about ourselves….we make it through, and we get stronger.  We are one year later….and we are stronger.  Find a way to help someone, who hasn’t made it through yet.  They probably could use some of your strength.  Looking for a local group in Houston to help? Go to Charity Navigator for more information.

Keaton Chism joins Vector Organization

Vector Controls and Automation group leader in system and mechanical solutions announce today the hiring of Keaton Chism to the inside sales organization based out of our La Porte, Texas office. A recent graduate of Texas A&M University and originally from the Houston metro area Keaton has worked in various capacities within the industry.  After completing a three-year internship with nVent/Raychem and his degree in the field of industrial distribution Keaton now will be our nVent/Raychem Champion. Keaton will be working on various challenging projects and guiding the Vector organization on the benefits of the nVent/Raychem product line.

Finally, when he is not busy perfecting his sales skills, Keaton enjoys fishing golfing and motocross. Welcome Keaton to Vector!




Lamar University Business Blog featuring Jared Boudreaux

Jared Boudreaux was recently interviewed by Lamar University on his thoughts concerning contemporary business ownership. A big thank you goes out to Bri Gore and Shannon Figueroa of Lamar University for the opportunity to write and share.  You can see the entire piece on the Lamar University business blog

Webinar Water 4.0 Water Management

In this recorded webinar provided by Endress + Hauser we share 3simple steps with you which could be part of your IoT for Water Management solutions. – Dashboards which efficiently show you the right information to manage your Water / Waste Water plants. – An analytics platform which transforms data to meaningful information. – Easy to deploy networking solutions to collect data from sensors from remote locations. Learn more now: