Flex-A-Seal Expands Repair Capabilities with New Southern U.S. Facility

Following the recent acquisition of H&S Sealing in Shreveport, La., Flex-A-Seal has further expanded our service capabilities through the opening of a new, larger facility located in Gonzales, La.

Our new location is less than 10 minutes from the key manufacturing plants in the Gonzales/Geismar area, giving us the ability to provide clients the support they need quickly. Our brand new, 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility has space to triple our size as needed to better serve our expanding customer base.

Flex-A-Seal’s Gulf South location is a fully functional, self-sufficient seal repair shop for all brands of seals, as well as a regional stocking center to supply immediate service to the South and Gulf South region serving the distribution and end user markets.

The full machine shop and in-house seal repair capabilities allow the Gonzales team to immediately respond to urgent needs. Our new southern facility and team allow us to provide our customers with proven reliability improvements, inventory reduction/standardization, and cost containment programs.

Meet the Management Team

Our new team in Louisiana brings over 100 collective years of experience in the mechanical sealing industry. Each member of the team has deep experience serving the unique needs of our customers in the Gulf South.

John Francis – Regional Sales Manager
30+ years experience in sales and service in the industrial pump and seal market

Damon Marvel – Regional Operations Manager
30+ years experience in machining, mechanical seal manufacture and repair

Heath Williams – Regional Service Manager
30+ year experience as machinist and supervisor mostly focused in mechanical seal manufacture and repair

Lori Fresina – Office Manager
18+ year experience in office management, accounting and customer service

The experience and relationships of our management team uniquely qualify Flex-A-Seal’s Gulf South branch to anticipate and exceed the expectations of the local market and bring a higher level of service and value than is currently available in the area. The support from the Flex-A-Seal global headquarters in Vermont provides the additional resources needed to grow and flourish in the Gulf South market to allow us to stay ahead of customer expectations and needs.

Join Flex-A-Seal at ACHEMA 2018

achema 2018

Date: June 11 – 15, 2018
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Visit Flex-A-Seal at Hall 9.0, Stand A69

ACHEMA 2018 is the leading international forum for the chemical engineering and process industries. This symposium hosts a global network of experts and executives who will discuss a broad range of topics: this year’s major themes include chemical and pharma logistics, flexible production, and biotech for chemistry. On the convention floor, thousands of exhibitors will be displaying the newest technical developments and trends.

Flex-A-Seal is excited to be participating at ACHEMA once again this year. Attending this year’s event will be:


Jose Sorensen, Flex-A-Seal’s Director of International Sales. Jose has over 35 years of experience in mechanical seals for rotating equipment. He has also developed and managed international business sales teams on four continents during his career.

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, English |Contact: (802) 857-4526


juergen uhl

Juergen Uhl, Flex-A-Seal’s Engineering Director. Juergen’s extensive knowledge of fluid-, thermo-, and system dynamics is an asset as we reach out to the ACHEMA attendees. His application experience is invaluable as we discuss how Flex-A-Seal can address the challenges which face the chemical engineering industry.

Languages: German, English | Contact: (802) 878-8307


rodney strong

Rodney Strong, Flex-A-Seal’s Business Development Manager. Rodney is the first point of contact for many of our new customers. He brings over 30 years of customer service, sales, and product development experience to ACHEMA.

Languages: English | Contact: (802) 878-8307 


Jose, Juergen, and Rodney will be available throughout the week to discuss your specific challenges and to answer questions. We will also have a few of our innovative product designs including the Style 85 two-piece split cartridge mechanical seal as well as welded metal bellows seals and devices on display. Please stop by Hall 9.0, Stand A69 to meet the team and to learn how Flex-A-Seal can solve your sealing challenges!

For more information – ACHEMA 2018 website.

Flex-A-Seal’s Largest Split Cartridge Mechanical Seal Seamlessly Installed at Hydro-Electric Plant

On July 26, 2017 Flex-A-Seal installed an 11-inch Style 85M split cartridge mechanical seal at one of the hydro-electric power generation facilities for Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) in Northern Nevada. As the largest split cartridge mechanical seal ever produced by Flex-A-Seal, the 11” seal solved a major challenge for the plant while saving the utility thousands of dollars in downtime and repair costs.

The Challenge

TMWA was moving gritty river water through an Allis Chalmers KH Water Turbine. The existing mechanical packing materials were contributing to extensive wear and severe damage to the turbine shaft. In addition, significant fluid leakage posed a hazard to the generator which was critical for operations.

The lengthy and involved process of replacing the mechanical packing was complicated by the turbine’s 15’ primary shaft. As a result, the operator was often left with a short mean time between failures (MTBF). The cost and downtime due to packing-related wear, as well as the manpower and expenses required to maintain the packing, negatively impacted the facility’s bottom line. These issues urgently needed to be addressed.

In this case, a standard cartridge seal installation wasn’t an option. Because of the turbine’s situational constraints, an alternative was needed that would provide the required sealing capabilities while also minimizing downtime and man hours for repairs.

The Solution

After extensive conversations with TMWA staff about their specific needs, goals, and challenges, Flex-A-Seal provided a complete solutions package:

  • Split adapter plate for easy installation on turbine
  • 11” Style 85M two-piece split cartridge mechanical seal
  • ORM (O-ring mount) split bearing/bushing with an API Plan 32 water flush
  • Silicon carbide hard faces

In total, the installation took three hours to complete – a fraction of the time required for mechanical packing maintenance. Installation time included site prep and equipment measurements, including concentricity and perpendicularity readings. The only materials needed for the installation were emery cloth and a shaft lubricant—no hoists were required despite the size of the equipment.

The Results

On-site after the installation, the seal had a smooth start-up and continues to run without issue.

The Flex-A-Seal solutions package solves many of TMWA’s concerns. The Flex-A-Seal Style 85M split cartridge mechanical seal addresses the sealing challenge of axial shaft movement under various loads. The O-ring mount bearing bushing solves the problem of excessive shaft runout, and the hard silicon carbide faces can withstand operation in sediment-laden river water.

Flex-A-Seal welcomed this opportunity to work with TMWA to provide a viable answer to their sealing challenge.

Thank you to the TMWA staff for their contributions to this article!

Watch a video of the 11” Style 85M Split Cartridge Mechanical Seal in action!