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We now represent Cain Industries

January 2018

Cain Industries is a manufacturer of waste heat recovery and steam generator systems for the engine cogeneration (CHP), boiler economizer, industrial heat transfer and exchanger markets.

Cain Industries is a leading designer and producer of combustion exhaust heat transfer products. Celebrating 4 decades in business, our success in lowering fuel costs and related pollution makes Cain the first choice for both combustion retrofit and OEM exhaust heat recovery applications.

We are the only manufacturer producing a complete spectrum of exhaust heat transfer and steam production equipment for the gas and diesel engine cogeneration (CHP), boiler exhaust economizer, industrial combustion heat recovery and spiral finned tubing markets. Cain Industries has developed 16 complete product lines with over 3,450 standard models for the correct choice in recovering BTU from exhaust applications.

Cain Industries is your single source for boiler economizers, condensing heat exchangers, waste heat recovery systems, waste heat boilers (WHB), industrial heat recovery units (HRU), heat recovery silencers (HRS), feedwater heaters, heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and exhaust steam boilers.

We now represent Vogt Power International

August 2016

Vogt Power international Inc. (Vogt International) is a world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs), Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems, Simple Cycle Exhaust Systems, and aftermarket services for use in power generation, co-generation, enhanced oil recovery, and combined heat and power.

The Vogt name traces back to 1880 when Henry Vogt founded the Henry Vogt Machine Co., a company that entered the boiler business in 1902 and proceeded to introduce a history of "firsts" including: the first HRSG, three­pressure-level HRSGs, re-heat HRSGs, and the first installation of an HRSG behind an F-Class turbine.

Vogt Power’s extensive offerings also include auxiliary fired units, the supply of SCR and CO systems, and additional design features such as stack dampers, silencers, shrouds, and exhaust bypass systems.

The company provides quality engineering and aftermarket services: field services, inspections, retrofit capabilities, fabrication services, and replacement & stock parts. Plus LCAMP, a proprietary software package that imports and analyzes data from the Plant Data Acquisition System and calculates the estimated life consumption of the specified critical component of an HRSG.

Koch-Glitsch Expands our Territory

January 2016

Somes-Nick & Company is pleased to announce that Koch-Glitsch has extended our exclusive sales territory for Mist Elimination Products to now include the entire states of Wisconsin and Michigan along with the NW region of Ohio (Toledo). Somes-Nick & Company has been helping customers with their mist elimination problems for over 50 years, dating back to our relationship with The Otto York Company. Otto York developed the Demister®, and the company he formed is now part of Koch-Glitsch.

Sellers Manufacturing Company

April 15, 2015

Sellers Manufacturing Company was founded in Chicago in 1931 when new industries were looking for ways to take advantage of natural gas energy. Sellers pioneered gas-fired equipment such as boilers, burners, water heating equipment and bakery equipment.

Sellers is well known throughout the world as offering the highest quality equipment with unrivaled: Reliability, Efficiency, Ease of Maintenance, Durability, and Cost Effectiveness

Sellers list of customers include such well-known firms as Monsanto Chemical, John Deere, and United States Steel as well as numerous schools, hotels and hospitals.

Sellers is well regarded as a single source engineering and manufacturer capable of providing a wide variety of products.

The Practical Steam Engine

April 10, 2015

The Practical Steam Engine (PSE) is a breakthrough technology that allows efficient power generation using pressures and quantities of steam where there are currently no economical solutions. The proprietary, high-efficiency reciprocating steam engine can be installed in parallel to PRVs in sub- megawatt applications for which existing steam turbine generators are too expensive and inefficient. The PSE may also be used in condensing applications, appropriate for efficient power generation in applications such as waste steam recovery, waste heat recovery, gasification, and biomass, whether integrated into an existing system or functioning as a power island.

A unique feature of the PSE is its use of repurposed automobile engines. The platform for the PSE is the Chevrolet big block. These common engines serve as a great base to the PSE, allowing use of off-the-shelf parts and simple maintenance procedures. Proprietary cylinder heads and valvetrain are what differentiate the PSE from the Chevrolet platform. The proprietary components are the key to producing a high speed, high-efficiency steam engine.

Our website is www.practicalsteam.com.

Spence 2-Stage Steam Station

February 11, 2014

Recently we successfully provided and started up several SPENCE 2 stage steam pressure reducing station with safety pilot for a district steam system. In this installation the client was reducing street steam as it entered an existing building and could not install a pressure relief valve on the downstream side because there was no safe place to vent the relief valve discharge. This arrangement meets the requirements of ANSI B31.1-1997, which states that in District Steam systems with operating pressures under 400 PSIG, and where the use of a pressure safety valve is not feasible, a 2 stage pressure reducing valve can be used provided both valves are capable of maintaining the final delivery pressure.

In the event that the 2nd stage regulator fails open, the SPENCE pressure safety pilot takes control of the 1st stage valve to maintain a safe final delivery pressure to the building.

Over the past 30 years, Somes-Nick has provided many of these systems to solve our client’s requirements. Typically these are used in vaults or basements, where there is no safe place to discharge a vent line from a Safety Relief Valve.

Recently our clients have upgraded the required materials of construction from Cast or Ductile Iron bodies to Cast Steel bodies in order to provide more protection from damage due to condensate slugs.

Call us to speak with one of our Sales Engineers to assist you with the design of your next steam pressure regulator system.

Spence Engineering and Nicholson Steam Trap Expand our Territory

July 2011

Somes- Nick & Company is pleased to announce that Spence Engineering has extended our exclusive sales territory for the Spence and Nicholson products to now include western Iowa and Nebraska.

Somes-Nick has represented Spence Engineering for over 50 years. In addition to Iowa and Nebraska Somes-Nick is the exclusive representative for Spence in central and northern Illinois and Indiana. This new territory will allow us to build on our successes.

Spence Engineering has been the leader in Steam Regulators since Paulsen Spence patented the first normally closed packless pilot operated regulator in 1926.

Nicholson Steam Trap was formed in 1883, and provides a complete line of steam traps and specialties for the industrial marketplace.

Both Nicholson Steam Trap and Spence Engineering are divisions of Circor International.

Chicago Office

July 2009

Somes-Nick & Co.
120 W. Madison, Ste. 1106
Chicago, IL 60602

In 2009, after over 50 years at our previous location, Somes-Nick relocated to a larger and more modern space a few blocks away. We believe that our current location allows us to be more efficient so that we can better serve our customers and principals. We purposely chose to remain in downtown Chicago as it is centrally located for all of our employees, who have been the core to our success for so many years. All of us are excited about our new office.