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In Memoriam

  • In Memoriam

    by In Loving Memory HVA is sad to announce the passing of its founder and CEO Emeritus, Art Brenes. He was 82 years old.Arthur Joseph Brenes was born in Costa Rica on February 10, 1937, to José Joaquin and Vera Brenes. Much of his early years were spent in Panama before immigrating to the United States at the age of 10. His family settled in Albany, California where Art graduated from high school in 1955.Art briefly attended San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, but it was a job in the vacuum industry in the 1960s that sparked a passion which grew into a lifelong career. In 1973, Art founded his own company, High Vacuum Apparatus (now known as HVA) in Hayward, California, eventually building it into a premier manufacturer of high vacuum valves for use in scientific, industrial, and semiconductor applications. Widely regarded as an expert and innovator in vacuum valve technology, Art was also the holder of more than a half dozen patents. In addition to his passion for the business he built, Art loved fine wine, great food, traveling, skiing and was an avid Porsche enthusiast. He was also a lifelong jazz aficionado briefly owning a jazz club, the Lame Lime, in Emeryville, CA while in his 20s. Above all else, Art was devoted to his family and friends. In 1963, he married Cathy Hofliger and they became residents of Castro Valley in the early 1970s where they raised two children. Art is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Cathy; his daughter Karen; his son (and HVA’s current President) Victor, daughter-in-law Wendy, his beloved grandson...

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Sealing Integrity from HVA

  • Sealing Integrity from HVA

    by For Over 45 Years HVA has been dependably delivering premium HIGH and ULTRA HIGH Vacuum Valves with unsurpassed customer service since 1973. Trust our manufacturing experience, and superior craftsmanship for your next...

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Come see us at AVS…

  • Come see us at AVS…

    by We look forward to seeing you at Booth 416 during the 65th AVS International Symposium & Exhibition October 23 – 25 at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Doors open at 10:00 am. Be sure to stop by our booth and tell us how your company uses vacuum valves and vacuum technology or talk to us about your upcoming projects and we’ll enter you in our raffle. See you...

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You’re Invited…

  • You’re Invited…

    by We’d love to see you there SVC Vacuum Coatings Technology Exhibit May 2 & 3, 2017 Rhode Island Convention Center Providence, Rhode Island USA

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Good bye 2016, Hello 2017

  • Good bye 2016, Hello 2017

    by Among the things we celebrated in 2016 were the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday, the Kepler telescope’s discovery of 1,284 new planets in distant solar systems and a solar powered plane that circumnavigated the world.   At HVA we introduced two new product series, the 83000 Series All Aluminum Gate Valve and the 72000 Standard Cycle Harsh Process Gate Valve As we say good bye to 2016 and hello to 2017 we look forward to many new innovations and some not so new yet always celebrated events.  We will have the opportunity to witness a solar eclipse.  While watching the eclipse, enjoy pizza and beer delivered by a drone.   After that, you can take a ride in your new hovercraft.  At HVA we look forward to sharing with you new gate valves, new specialty valves, increased production capacity, and the ever dependable standard products you’ve always known us for. HVA thanks you for all your support in 2016 and we hope you stay with us in 2017 for all the excitement, adventure and challenges the New Year brings.  ...

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Join us at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit!

  • Join us at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit!

    by Tuesday, November 29 Wednesday, November 30 Thursday, December 01 Hynes Convention Center 900 Boylston Street (Cambria Street entrance) Boston, MA Visit us at Booth #910. Pick up a copy of our latest catalog and learn about our newest products and innovations. Hope to see you...

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