Victaulic Vortex(TM) is Recognized as the 2009 Product of the Year


World's first-ever hybrid fire extinguishing system receives Silver Award from readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine

EASTON, PA - Victaulic, the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining and fire protection systems, announces today that the Vortex Fire Suppression System has earned the Silver Award in the Fire Detection, Alarm, Notification Equipment category in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's "2009 Product of the Year" competition. According to Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE), the fifth annual "Product of the Year" competition showcased practical innovation.

"Victaulic is honored to have the Vortex system recognized as Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2009 Silver Award winner for Product of the Year," said Anthony Gee, Vortex product manager, upon learning the news. "After more than four years of development, the Victaulic engineering team created a system that surpasses the limitations of fire suppression systems currently on the market. The unique, patented technology is designed to provide the best capabilities of both water mist and inert gas systems, extinguishing fires with very little water and without damaging property or using toxic agents."

"The Product of the Year competition illuminates the products design engineers and specifiers are valuing for MEP systems in nonresidential buildings. In this tough economy, construction and operating budgets are under stress while sustainability issues for energy, water, and materials are growing. Flexibility, modularity, efficiency and durability seemed to be factors shared by many of this year's winners." said Michael Ivanovich, editor-in-chief, CSE.

The Victaulic Vortex system provides supreme protection and fire suppression with limited residual moisture, no toxic chemicals and full design flexibility. The system can be utilized in a sealed or open space with no requirement of room integrity, is easily scalable for simplified system design and can be rapidly reset after discharge to minimize facility downtime. Applications for this sustainable system include data centers, automotive manufacturing, machinery spaces and power generation facilities.
For more information on the product and for project opportunities call 1-877-9VORTEX or visit www.victaulicvortex.com.

About Victaulic

Founded in 1925, Victaulic is the world's leading producer of mechanical pipe joining systems. Headquartered in Easton, Pa., Victaulic has manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide and employs more than 3,500 people. The company develops products for a full range of industrial, commercial and institutional piping system applications. For more information, visit www.victaulic.com.

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