Here's a quick roundup of this month's industry news. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more.


De Nora announces new director of sales
De Nora announced Brian Shugrue as its new director of sales for the Americas. With over 25 years' experience, he will focus on expanding the company’s filtration and disinfection products in the municipal, industrial, commercial, and oil and gas markets throughout North and South America.

Chemline launches contractor services
Chemline announced a new dedicated sales team and website specifically for contractors. Chemline offers in-house technical services to train contractors, and they can also deliver equipment and replacement parts.

Agru America opens pipe production facility
Agru America opened a new large-diameter pipe production facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The facility is producing AGRULINE pipes with dimensions of up to 98.4 inches, designed for high-volume flow applications including gas, potable water and wastewater.

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International Products’ new website
International Products has a new website at www.ipcol.com. Features include how-to videos, application-specific content, product information in eight different languages, a new blog and global distribution locations.

Parkson acquires Meurer Research
Parkson Corp. announced it has acquired Meurer Research of Golden, Colorado. Founded in 1978, Meurer produces stainless steel and aluminum water and wastewater treatment products.

Dighe named Inventor of the Year
The Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) has selected Dr. Shyam V. Dighe, founder and president of AquaSource Technologies Corporation (ATC), as this year’s recipient of the Inventor of the Year award.
Dighe founded ATC in 2011 and is designing a treatment system utilizing his own plasma technology for use in cleaning and commercializing nonpotable. The end products of the treatment system are distilled water and salt with no residue. This technology is particularly suited to the shale gas industry as a substitute for deep-well injection of produced or end-of-life wastewater.
“Dr. Dighe’s contributions in helping make the extraction of natural gas from shale a more environmentally friendly endeavor tipped the scales in his favor for the committee,” says Carl Ronald, chairperson of the PIPLA committee that selected Dr. Dighe.

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Northwest Biosolids wins Green Globe Award
King County Executive Dow Constantine recently honored Northwest Biosolids with a Green Globe award for being a Leader in Supporting Waste to Resources.
Since 1993, Northwest Biosolids has provided leadership, guidance and coordination in emphasizing the beneficial use of biosolids. Thanks to Northwest Biosolids’ support, 88 percent of the biosolids in the Pacific Northwest are recycled as a fertilizer and soil conditioner, compared to 60 percent nationally.
Northwest Biosolids provides a voice for biosolids and biosolids managers, funds biosolids research and is a strong advocate for sustainable reuse of wastewater products.

WEF announces Volunteer Service Recognition Program
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced its Volunteer Service Recognition Program to recognize outstanding volunteers. The Committee Leadership Council and House of Delegates created the Volunteer Service Recognition for members who significantly contribute to WEF successes and achievements by serving on a WEF committee or in the House of Delegates.
Nominations will be accepted through June 30. “This program is a token of our deep appreciation for the great impact volunteers have on WEF success,” says WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill.

Carleton biofiltration project with Humber College gets NSERC funding
Carleton University’s Onita Basu, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in partnership with Humber College, has received more than $95,000 over two years through the NSERC College and Community Innovation Program. This research will investigate procedures involved in processing drinking water using biofiltration.
Biological filtration is one of few methods of drinking water treatment that can reduce the chemical requirements and energy needs of drinking water facilities. Identification, validation, improved monitoring and control tools are necessary to establish BF as a predictable process that can be controlled.
The research will assess analytical methods to contribute to the overall knowledge base of biofiltration performance. Basu will lead the project and will work with Shawn Cleary at Humber College and the Drinking Water Services Group at the City of Ottawa.

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