Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia exhibitors come together for Hurricane Harvey relief
HOUSTON, Texas— Hurricane Harvey may have delayed the annual Houston Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia (TPS) for three months, but event exhibitors are springing into action now.
The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University, the host of TPS, has partnered with New Way Air Bearings and ShelterBox USA to launch #TPSHelpsHouston, a fundraising campaign to provide relief for those most affected by the hurricane.
The campaign was initiated by New Way Air Bearings, a longtime TPS exhibitor, after the Turbo Lab announced that TPS would be rescheduled to Dec. 12-14 due of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and the surrounding areas. The event would have been held Sept. 12-14 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands of evacuees are seeking shelter from the aftermath of the hurricane.
“It breaks our hearts to see displaced Houstonians in the same convention center where we would be exhibiting,” said Drew Devitt, founder of New Way Air Bearings. “We want to give back to the city that has supported us during TPS for so many years, especially in this time of dire need.”
New Way Air Bearings is challenging exhibitors to donate $500 for every 10-by-10-foot section of their exhibit space. If each exhibitor rises to the challenge, the campaign could raise more than $250,000.
“I am thrilled that our exhibitors have been so quick to help,” said Martha Barton, director of exhibitor services for TPS. “It’s heartening to see their concern and willingness to give. We’re excited to partner with each of them to offer our friends some relief in the midst of devastation.”
#TPSHelpsHouston was launched Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 12. The results of the campaign will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 13 on the TPS exhibit floor.
For participation instructions, visit tps.tamu.edu/updates.
TPS is the premier conference for rotating equipment engineers and technicians worldwide, spanning oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, power, aerospace, and water industries. The expert-selected technical program combined with an international exhibition spanning 216,000 gross square feet is the perfect platform for networking with colleagues and suppliers and learning about new problem-solving methods and technologies.
TPS is organized by the Turbomachinery Laboratory, part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and The Texas A&M University System.
Founded in 2000, ShelterBox has helped more than one million people worldwide rebuild their lives. It’s provided help and hope following some of the world’s most devastating disasters: Haiti’s earthquake in 2010; Japan’s Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011; Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013; massive flooding in Malawi and Malaysia in 2015; and the two massive earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015.
ShelterBox is also providing aid to those displaced by disaster or conflict in Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Niger, Columbia, and Somaliland. The organization responded to the last tropical storm to threaten the U.S. in 2016 as Hurricane Matthew cut through Haiti, Cuba, and on to the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. For the latest on ShelterBox deployments, visit www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.
New Way, is a developer and manufacturer of porous media gas bearings and seals. Their Bently Bearings™ brand of externally pressurized gas bearing technology eliminates oil in high performance turbo equipment, and New-Seal™ products provide contamination tolerant sealing with the ability to segregate gases in a single seal face. Located in Aston, PA, New Way has been manufacturing gas bearings for use in various industries worldwide since 1994. Visit www.newwayairbearings.com.
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