Novaspect Named Emerson Representative for Yarway Steam Trap Products

Novaspect Named Emerson Representative for Yarway Steam Trap Products

MCKINNEY, TEXAS (October 3, 2018) – Emerson has named Novaspect, Inc. as the representative in the Upper Midwest for additional products. In addition to the well-known Emerson brands that Novaspect currently represents, like Anderson Greenwood, Bettis, Crosby, Fisher, Keystone, KTM, Vanessa and Yarway valves, effective October 1, 2018, Novaspect will represent and support Yarway steam trap and strainer products in the same geographic area.

Until today, across a wide range of industries, customers have been buying valves and valve services from many different providers which adds complexity and cost to their process. Now, industrial process operators, purchasers, and engineers in Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Upper Peninsula Michigan, North and South Dakota can call one number for all valves & valve service needs, which includes control valves, isolation valves, pressure and safety relief valves, valve actuation, boiler level instrumentation and steam traps and strainers. For more details on Yarway products, click here.

Novaspect President Joseph Simchak understands that building and operating reliable processes takes more than dependable equipment, it takes a team you can rely on. “At Novaspect, we believe in delivering trust with every interaction. Our customers face real challenges building, operating, and maintaining safe, reliable, and efficient processes. They need a qualified team they can depend on through all stages of their operations. We are evolving our business, adding collaborative people, quality equipment, and dependable services, with the aim of providing our customers in process industries with safer, more reliable, easy-to access products and services.” 

Novaspect’s relationship with Emerson as an Impact Partner balances local expertise with global leadership. Emerson is a world class-manufacturer of leading and innovative technical solutions. Novaspect offers the local, human-powered network of application expertise and resources. Across North America, with fellow Impact Partners, or around the globe with Emerson, Novaspect strives to collaborate with customers to solve their toughest challenges. For a full list brands that Novaspect represents click here .

About Novaspect: Novaspect, Inc. provides project engineering solutions, process automation technology, and Operational Certainty to manufacturers and process industries. We engineer and sell process controls, valves and automated control systems, representing Emerson as an Impact Partner through our offices in Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota. For more information about our process automation capabilities, visit

About the Impact Partner Network: Across North America, Emerson strategically partners with local companies to assist with delivery, ensure quality, and maximize lifetime value of assets while in use. These twenty-one strategically selected local representatives, called Impact Partners, offer the tools, services, subject matter experts, local expertise, and technologies within and beyond Emerson’s portfolio to serve area needs.

Emerson Certifies Novaspect to Deliver Highest Level of Customer Support

Emerson Impact Partner Network


Emerson Certifies Novaspect to Deliver Highest Level of Customer Support

Novaspect is a member of the Emerson Impact Partner Network recognizing its proven solution capabilities, local accessibility and consistent engineering practices that produce measurable business results

Schaumburg, IL (August 17, 2018) – Emerson awarded Novaspect today with the status of Emerson Impact Partner representing the company’s highest level of customer support Novaspect and associated Emerson Impact Partner Network companies will operate as locally-accessible, singular points of contact for leveraging the full breadth of Emerson integrated solutions and expertise.

The 21 current Emerson Impact Partner companies were awarded this status through a rigorous certification process of their facilities, procedures, engineers and local service professionals, as well as a demonstrated ability to support customer process optimization and performance improvement programs. Each partner was assessed in more than 50 certification paths to verify capabilities and compliance to Emerson standards.

Distinct from traditional manufacturer-to-third-party representative and distributor relationships, Emerson Impact Partners have a tightly integrated culture with Emerson and with each other that ensures consistent engineering practices and services across the Network to provide customers with the broadest, most responsive support organization in the industry. Combining local support with proven processes and technologies from Emerson ensures the appropriate technical resources, methods and best practices are applied to deliver improved and measurable business results for Emerson’s customers.

“Our customers appreciate consistent, high value-added services and support across the multi-site operations they run,” said Frank deJong, president North America for Emerson Automation Solutions. “Many of them cite inconsistent local support as an industry-wide problem that leads to variability in project execution and operations. As the impact of digital technologies expand across the enterprise, Emerson and our Emerson Impact Partners are uniquely positioned through a focused, systematic approach to provide the expertise and solutions that drive peer-leading performance.”

Novaspect is the exclusive sales and service channel in Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Upper Peninsula Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota for DeltaV™ control and safety systems and Plantweb™ digital ecosystem solutions. Emerson Impact Partners also supply and service Fisher™, Crosby™, Anderson Greenwood™, KTM™, Keystone™, and Vanessa™ valve and pressure management products. To support successful implementation and adoption of these technologies, Novaspect provides local access to global Emerson engineering services and expertise, as well as critical integrated outage services for the full scope of automation and control assets.

Novaspect is a locally-owned business with a proven reputation for exceptional customer service and application knowledge, engineering and implementing innovative solutions, and 24/7 availability to respond to urgent customer needs. Founded in 1934 as General Instruments & Controls, the company has enjoyed a long standing business relationship with Fisher Controls, which later became part of the Emerson Automation Solutions group. All Emerson Impact Partners have long-term collaborative relationships with Emerson – some spanning over 100 years – and the communities they serve, providing customers with reliable, innovative solutions, services and support.

The value of the integrated Emerson Impact Partner Network is clearly demonstrated when specialized expertise is required to augment project implementation or operational improvement teams. All members of the Network have direct access to the best available resources for everything from operational performance diagnosis to project engineering to maintenance and repair services. Additionally, each Emerson Impact Partner can seamlessly leverage the vast network of locally managed inventory and readily available OEM parts and products, ensuring fast and efficient order fulfillment.

“Our long-standing partnership with Emerson has enabled us to develop an organization that has the skills, experience and scale to deliver the value of Emerson technologies to our local customers regardless of their operation or location,” said Joe Simchak, president of Novaspect, an Emerson Impact Partner.

“Our customers know the value of a trusted partner that recommends pragmatic approaches to improve performance and reduce implementation risk. The unique combination of the strengths Novaspect, the Emerson Impact Partner Network, and Emerson deliver to our customers ensures the consistent results our customers are striving for,” said Simchak.


Emerson Impact Partner Network facts:

  • First relationship established in 1913
  • Serving all states and provinces in the United States and Canada
    • 167 Service Centers
    • 19 Educational Service Centers
  • More than 5,000 local personnel and growing
    • 2,300+ sales resources
    • 1,400+ systems engineering and field service resources

For more information about Emerson Impact Partners, go to

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About Novaspect

Novaspect, Inc. provides project engineering solutions, process automation technology, and Operational Certainty to manufacturers and process industries. We engineer and sell process controls, valves and automated control systems, representing Emerson Automation Solutions as an Impact Partner through our offices in Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Minnesota, South and North Dakota. Novaspect is an employee-owned company. For more information about our process automation capabilities, visit 

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit

Novaspect’s Leadership Team

Experienced in all facets of operational certainty.

Joe Simchak - President

Joe Simchak President

Joe Simchak has more than 20 years of experience developing new business strategies for engineered products and services for the process control industry. His career started in sales then moved into operations, services, business unit, and executive sales management before accepting his current role as President of Novaspect.

Through the course of his career, Joe has had the opportunity to integrate acquisitions, reorganize business units, and work within other dynamic team environments. Northern Illinois University has been Joe’s school of choice for a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration.

In his spare time, Joe (a “foodie”) enjoys cooking, eating, reading and traveling.

Mike Franz - Chief Financial Officer

Mike Franz Chief Financial Officer

Mike Franz is a results-oriented senior accounting and financial management executive with over 30 years of progressive experience in finance, operation management, information technology, risk management and human resources within many diverse organizations and industries. Before coming to Novaspect in 2001, Mike had extensive experience in the wireless telecom industry.

Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University and also a BS Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. Mike is an avid Cubs fan. He also enjoys golfing, classic cars, and live music.

“What I love about Novaspect is the impact we have on our employees and our customers through the technology we deliver. Our employees remain challenged helping our customers improve their capabilities in many diverse industries and processes. The passion our employees have for our customers is second to none.”

Jayme Bojicic Vice President of Operations

Jayme Bojicic is an engineer-turned-executive with over 15 years of experience in the industrial automation industry. She joined Novaspect as an Application Engineer in the control valve business unit in 2004. As an inside sales manager, Jayme developed expertise in multiple Novaspect business units and the industries they serve, along with internal business systems and processes. She now holds the title of Vice President of Operations. Prior to returning to her Midwestern roots, Jayme was an environmental engineer for a small engineering design firm in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jayme holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young kids.

What she loves most about Novaspect is the commitment to continuous improvement, focus on customer experience, and challenge to evolve with the process automation industry. Culturally, she enjoys the professional-casual office vibe and being an employee owner.

Kelly Mutuc Vice President of Human Resources

Kelly Mutuc has been at Novaspect since 2008, holding increasing roles of responsibility for our Human Resources team. During her tenure at Novaspect, Kelly has held the role of HR Manager and HR Director before moving into her current role on the Executive Team. Before coming to Novaspect, Kelly worked in various sales, management and HR positions in the retail, non-profit, and healthcare industries.

Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s Degree from DePaul. Kelly enjoys watching and playing sports, and her favorite teams are her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Bears and cheers on both the Mizzou Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two young boys.

Kelly loves the autonomous environment at Novaspect and ability to have a common sense approach to solve problems. She also enjoys being an employee-owner!


The Company was originally established in 1934 by Richard P. Sunderland as General Instruments & Controls Co. By 1936, the name changed to General Meters & Controls Co. and the company was appointed as exclusive Northern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana representative for Fisher Governor Company of Marshalltown, Iowa. This association has been the cornerstone of its growth and success.

General Meters subsequently became a Delaware Corporation and in 1970 Robert P. Ives purchased control of the company, which was originally headquartered in the Chicago Loop, moved to Park Ridge, Illinois in 1971, and then to an Elk Grove Village location in 1976. During this period Bill Fisher sold his family’s valve business to Monsanto.

In 1988, the Company acquired the W. D. Ehrke Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, extending its marketing area to include Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Then, in 1992, the Company acquired R. G. Read & Company, Inc., of Minneapolis, Minnesota, extending its marketing area to include Minnesota, North Dakota and the Northeastern third of South Dakota. The name of that company became Read Process Control Company, and the Company went to the
marketplace as GM&C / Read.

Shortly thereafter, Emerson Electric Company purchased Fisher Controls from Monsanto and merged this valve, regulator and control systems business into its Emerson Process Management division. A Fisher-Rosemount brand was quickly established for the control systems group.

On February 1, 1997, the Company name was changed to Novaspect, Inc., successfully merging General Meters & Controls Company and Read Process Controls Company. This marked a significant event in the company history merging two long-standing companies with over 100 years of experience into a single process management company.

Effective July 7, 2011, Novaspect purchased the assets and operations of Midwest Valve Services, Inc., which provides valve repair services, related parts, and associated products from its facilities located in Minooka, Illinois; Wausau, Wisconsin; and Mandan, North Dakota. The entity now does business as Midwest Valve Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Novaspect, Inc.

Today, with over 80 years of successful customer relationships, Novaspect continues to invest in people, quality products and services from its present corporate location in Schaumburg, Illinois, and regional facilities in Appleton, Wisconsin, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and in Mandan and Williston, North Dakota. To ensure going forward the company has the same success as in the past, Novaspect continues to build on its relationship with Emerson as an Impact Partner and to expand their continued leadership in the global marketplace.

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About Us

At Novaspect, our Core Purpose is to improve our customer’s performance through the innovative application of technology. We do this by engineering, selling and servicing industrial process controls. That is what we do, but we are very proud of how we do this because we work hard to build customer relationships, we are passionate at creating effective processes, we position ourselves to attract the best talent, and ensure we are delivering local services with proven technologies.

Our employees and culture are the keys to our success. We offer an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), so each of our employees is a partial owner of the company. The purpose of the ESOP is to reward eligible employees for long and loyal service to the Company and provide them with an incentive to increase their productivity with an ownership interest in the Company and with retirement benefits.

We work to provide the experience, training, organization and culture to allow careers to thrive. We are proud to offer what we think is the best employment opportunity in the process control and valve repair industries.

To provide our local services, Novaspect has people, resources and facilities throughout the upper midwest, reaching from Northern Indiana through Illinois, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota. Some of these facilities include our Midwest Valve Services subsidiary which offers comprehensive valve repair services. They are all part of our Core Purpose aiming to improve our customer’s performance through the innovative application of technology.

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