Clarke Shutter Valve

THE STORY: Company founder Kyle Daniels worked in the aerospace industry for General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Embraer Aircraft. He has several patents on the Shutter Valve and after starting the company in Florida in 2011, moved it to Rhode Island after completing a master’s degree in innovation management and entrepreneurship at Brown University.

› The Shutter Valve regulates gases or liquids used in many industrial processes, among them water and wastewater management, food and beverage, and power generation

› As of September 2018, Clark Valve had attracted $23 million in investments

› Marketed and sold commercially since 2014, the Shutter Valve is assembled in the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown

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› The oil and gas industry uses the Shutter Valve because it reduces the emission of methane and other gases that leak from refineries and other facilities

› Clarke Valve is not a well-known consumer product name, but many of its clients are well known, among them 3M, Brown, Chevron, General Electric and the U.S. Air Force

› The standard material used in fabrication is stainless steel, but carbon steel and bronze also have been used

› Clarke Valve has 20 full-time employees with plans to add more

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