The Kimray Way: Making a Difference

In 1948, Garman Kimmell revolutionized oil field production control with the Pilot Operated Back Pressure Regulator, or what we know today as the AAA valve. Up until that point, producers needed to supervise the well site constantly to keep production moving. Garman’s new product isolated the operation of the valve from the sensing point of the pressure, upstream or downstream. Operators were now able to accurately control their pressure across a variety of flows.

What made Garman’s valve so different was a small, steel piece the shape of a peanut called a pilot plug. When compared to the size of the whole, the pilot plug looked insignificant. However, this small item, which moves only a few thousandths of an inch, is what changed the function of the valve and revolutionized production control.

Seventy years later, this valve is still a flagship product of Kimray.

The idea that something so small can have massive impact is a foundational part of Kimray’s identity. No matter what your role or how long you’ve been at Kimray, you can make a difference. By combining our efforts and working together, we can do more good than any of us could do alone.

Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. This might be in the form of the physical work we do, the relationships we cultivate, or the impact we have on our community. Understanding and embracing Kimray’s mission adds purpose to each day and reminds us why we always give our best.


Here are a few questions to discuss with your team or family members about making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

  • Who has made an impact on your life and how?
  • Whose life do you impact?
  • Why does your job matter?
  • What are keys to doing your job well?
  • How can you build teamwork?