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Richmond, VA. July 19, 2023. For immediate release . . .

PHIPPS & BIRD, INC. announces new General Manager

Phipps & Bird, Inc., a Richmond-based manufacturing company founded in 1925 by Lloyd C.
Bird, announces the promotion of George Catlin to General Manager.

Mr. Catlin joined Phipps & Bird in 1983 and enrolled in the company’s Machinist Apprentice
program, earning his Journeyman Machinist credentials in 1987.

“We’re more than a team; we’re a family,” stated Catlin. “I’m proud of our people and the
quality of work we produce. Our goal is to ‘Exceed Our Customers’ Expectations,’ and I will
use my expanded role to maximize P&B’s potential.”

Wes & Pattie Skaperdas acquired Phipps & Bird in 1999 from McKesson General Medical
and promoted Catlin to Production Manager, a role in which he has excelled.

Phipps & Bird manufactures lab equipment for the water and wastewater industries, and
the Associated Design & Manufacturing brand of hazardous waste testing equipment. Their
products are sold worldwide. Additionally, the company provides contract manufacturing
services for a few select clients.

Submitted by Wes Skaperdas, President