Milwaukee Valve’s Herschel Seder dies
Herschel Seder, one of the leaders of the commercial and marine valve industry, died March 1, 2014, at age 95.
In 1959, Seder purchased Milwaukee Valve, then a plumbing valve manufacturer, with his friend Max Koenigsberg. Often the first to arrive and last to leave, Seder walked the factory floor wearing a hard hat, instilling his work ethic by example. And as a result, the business is more than 100 times larger than when it was purchased. In 1991, Milwaukee Valve acquired Hammond Valve Co., which produces valves for residential and commercial applications. Today, the company manufactures more than 4,000 products.
Diane Seder, Milwaukee Valve’s chairman of the board and daughter of Seder, credits her father with developing a global vision before others in the valve industry. “We are a global company today with the consistent quality wherever a valve is made,” she said. “Regardless of each plant, we control every step of manufacturing, from engineering to production.”
Seder was very active with industry organizations, including the Association, Mechanical, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.
When Seder was inducted into PHCP Hall of Fame in 1992, he attributed his success to “just hard work, perspiration, integrity, learning and doing.” He added, “Anybody can do it if they follow these precepts: Spend all the money possible on equipment and training; take the long-term approach; and treat your customers right.”