Kennedy Valve

Kennedy Valve
  • Location: Elmira, New York
  • Address: 1021 E. Water Street
    Elmira, NY 14901
  • Phone: 607-734-2211
  • Founded: 1877
  • Acquired: 1988
  • Capital Improvements: $40 million since 1997
  • Major EHS Successes: Significantly reduced VOC and HAP emissions from spray painting operations, reduced wastewater stream by several thousand gallons per month and conserved city water used
  • Environmental Sustainability: Over 14,000 tons of scrap iron recycle annually into finished products
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About Kennedy Valve

Kennedy Valve is located in the bustling City of Elmira, New York. In 1877 Kennedy Valve started making hydrants and valves in lower Manhattan, New York. The plant moved to Coxsackie, New York in 1890. In 1907 the operation moved to Elmira where it currently employs more than 400 dedicated American workers. During World War I, the plant made shell casings. During World War II, the plant made valves for the Victory Fleet Program and various parts for aircraft carriers and landing craft.

In 1962, the Grinnell Corporation purchased Kennedy Valve. In 1963 Kennedy Valve purchased the Mathews Hydrant from R.D. Wood Manufacturing Company. In 1969 the Grinnell Corporation was purchased by ITT Fluid Technology. In 1988, McWane, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama purchased Kennedy Valve.

Kennedy Valve manufactures a full range of both AWWA waterworks products and UL/FM products for fire suppression including fire hydrants, gate valves, butterfly valves, check valves, grooved butterfly valves, and indicator posts.

Kennedy Valve is recognized as one of the most experienced manufacturers and suppliers of waterworks and UL/FM products in the world. Kennedy does it all while utilizing lean manufacturing policies and procedures. Our modern state-of-the-art facility and cutting-edge technologies have made us an economic, environmental and community leader. From environmental upgrades to advanced training initiatives and community outreach, we work every day to make sure that Kennedy is the best in the business.

Kennedy Valve’s Mission Statement:

Customers: 100% on-time delivery, 100% quality products, continuous improvement

Employees: A healthy and safe work environment, a culture that values each employee, job security, fair compensation and opportunity.

Community: Active partnership, environmental stewardship

Awards and Recognition

As an industry leader for many years, we have a long history of positive recognition from both our peers and our customers. You can see our complete list of awards and accolades displayed below.

  • 2016 Outstanding Environmental Performance-Foundry Award - Kennedy Valve Company

    Kennedy Valve Company is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation — configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality  of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters
  • 2016 Most Improved RIR - Foundry - Kennedy Valve Company

    Kennedy Valve Company is awarded the Most Improved RIR Rate – Foundry.

    The Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) is determined by taking the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours worked at the facility during the year.  The Most Improved RIR Rate is determined by calculating at year end, the RIR rate for each of our foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their previous year end TRIR.  The facility with the greatest percentage of improvement from the previous year is given the award. 

  • 2014 Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry Award

    Kennedy Valve is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Performance — Foundry.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year:

    • Environmental Audit grade
    • Environmental implementation — configuration, training and use
    • McWane EHS MS implementation (environmental portion)
    • Diligence in addressing audit and other corrective actions
    • Demonstrated senior management commitment to environmental excellence
    • Relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Amount and quality of resources applied to environmental management
    • Receptiveness to and participation in company-wide environmental initiatives
    • Innovative ideas and solutions on environmental matters
  • American Water Works Association Bronze Award

    Kennedy Valve Company’s Ad “The Teddy Bear” was awarded the Bronze Award by the American Water Works Association.

  • ISO 9001:2008

    In 2011, Kennedy Valve received ISO 9001:2008 certification.

  • United Way Awards

    United Way presented Kennedy Valve with the Corporate Silver Award, the Employee Bronze Award and the 2008 Star Performer award for its dedication to the success of United Way.

  • 2011 Most Improved TRIR Rate — Foundry Award

    Kennedy Valve is awarded the Most Improved TRIR Rate — Foundry.

    The Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) is determined by taking  the number of incidents occurred in a year’s period which require  medical treatment, restricted work activity, or lost time and  multiplying that by 200,000 and dividing by the total number of hours  worked at the facility during the year. The Most Improved TRIR Rate is  determined by calculating at year end, the TRIR rate for each of our  foundries and looking at the percent improvement when compared to their  previous year end TRIR. The facility with the greatest percentage of  improvement from the previous year is given the award.

    The same process as noted above is done for all other facilities which are not considered a foundry and the award is given for the most improved over their previous year’s rate.

  • 2010 Outstanding Environmental Progress — Foundry Award

    Kennedy Valve is awarded the Outstanding Environmental Progress — Foundry.

    The following factors are considered in the selection process for the current calendar year using the previous calendar year as the baseline:

    • Progress on successful completion of audit and other corrective actions
    • Improvements in overall compliance status
    • Improvements in relationship with regulators (local, state and federal)
    • Changes in quality and amount of resources applied to environmental management
  • ISO 9001:2015

    Kennedy Valve has met the standards of ISO 9001:2015