The honorees were nominated and selected because of their business success, community engagement, philanthropy, and valley representation on the national and global stages.
The Laval family has been active in the Central California community for generations, with Mr. Laval himself making numerous contributions to Fresno State through the Water and Energy Technology Incubator, nurturing future innovators to continually improve and conserve our precious resources.
Mr. Laval’s father inspired the origins of the Claude Laval Corporation with his inventions, the underground survey camera and the LAKOS Separator. Today, Mr. Laval is the Chairman of both those companies that sprung from those early ideas: Laval Underground Surveys and LAKOS Separators and Filtration Solutions.
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LAKOS Separators and Filtration Solutions is celebrating 40 years (1972-2012) of removing solids from water and other liquids in a variety of applications and industries. The company operates from a 120,000+ square foot manufacturing, sales, marketing and engineering headquarters in Fresno, Calif. Originally designed for groundwater and agricultural uses, LAKOS separation and filtration solutions are now also targeted to key industrial and heat transfer markets around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.lakos.com.