August Industry News

Vacon Builds Factory in China; Warren Rupp Holds SANDPIPER Distributor Meeting; BASF Acquires inge watertechnologies AG; Parkson, MIOX Form Partnership; NEFCO Promotes Grace to VP of Marketing; American Water Partners with Student Conservation Association; Ruhrpumpen Acquires TIGERFLOW, Opens Middle East Office; McElroy Adds International Distributors; Hydroflo Opens International, U.S. Plants; Pump Solutions Acquires EnviroGear Product Line; Thompson Pump Holds 21st Annual Pumpology School; Degremont Completes AmeriWater Acquisition; Greyline Adds Office, Warehouse Facility; Sumitomo Machinery Offers Aerator Input Requirements Paper

Vacon Builds Factory in China

Vacon built a manufacturing and development center in Suzhou, China. The facility covers 24,000 square meters (258,000 square feet) and includes a research and development lab and service center for the Asia-Pacific region.


Warren Rupp Holds SANDPIPER Distributor Meeting

The two-day Warren Rupp Inc. 2011 SANDPIPER Global Distributor Sales Conference attracted 150 attendees to Orlando, Fla. Presentations focused on new product development and marketing initiatives. The next conference is scheduled for 2013.


BASF Acquires inge watertechnologies AG

BASF has signed an agreement to acquire German-based inge watertechnologies AG and its ultrafiltration membrane business. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.


Parkson, MIOX Form Partnership

Parkson and MIOX have partnered to market and sell MIOX’s hypochlorite and mixed-oxidant systems to municipal water and wastewater customers in the United States, Canada and six Middle East countries.


NEFCO Promotes Grace to VP of Marketing

NEFCO promoted Virginia M. Grace to vice president of marketing and environmental affairs. She has 25 years experience in the environmental industry, including development, compliance and product marketing.


American Water Partners with Student Conservation Association

American Water has partnered with the Student Conservation Association in support of the group’s national internship program that addresses water conservation, quality or advocacy across the company’s service areas. The program is part of American Water’s ongoing commitment to consumer education and environmental stewardship. It is among a series of initiatives the company is undertaking during its 125th anniversary in 2011.


Ruhrpumpen Acquires TIGERFLOW, Opens Middle East Office

Ruhrpumpen Inc. entered into an investment agreement to become the majority shareholder in TIGERFLOW Systems LLC. TIGERFLOW will continue operations at its Dallas manufacturing facility and will operate as an independent industry. Marvin F. Yoder Jr. and Monroe P. Guest will continue as president and vice president/CFO, respectively. Ruhrpumpen also opened a Middle East branch in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


McElroy Adds International Distributors

McElroy has added OPD Solutions of Norway and Gulf Services and Industrial Supplies Co. LLC of Oman to its network of international distributors. OPD is a distributor of polyethylene pipe in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Gulf Services, a division of Arabia Holding Group KSC, is a supplier of industrial equipment for the wastewater, gas and oil industries.


Hydroflo Opens International, U.S. Plants

Hydroflo Pumps USA Inc. opened its sixth and seventh assembly plants in David, Panama, and Grand Island, Neb. The plants will assemble and distribute the company’s line of vertical and submersible turbines.


Pump Solutions Acquires EnviroGear Product Line

Pump Solutions Group acquired the EnviroGear product line. Manufacturing and operations will be based in Grand Terrace, Calif. Product lines include EnviroGear mag-drive internal gear pump, EnviroBase gear pump base plate assemblies, and EnviroCare pump and motor protection and control products.


Thompson Pump Holds 21st Annual Pumpology School

More than 45 attendees from 16 states and two foreign countries attended the Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. 21st annual Pumpology School. The three-day workshop for sales and service professionals was held at the company’s corporate facilities in Port Orange, Fla.


Degremont Completes AmeriWater Acquisition

Degremont, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, completed the acquisition of AmeriWater. Based in Dayton, Ohio, AmeriWater has 40 employees, an on-site service group and an in-house manufacturing facility. Diane Dolan will remain chief executive officer of the high-purity water production company. AmeriWater will be integrated into Degremont’s Equipment Business Line, operating under the Degremont Technologies banner.


Greyline Adds Office, Warehouse Facility

Greyline Instruments, Ontario, Canada, completed construction of its office and warehouse facility in May. The 8,500-square-foot building is part of a multi-phase expansion that includes renovation of the existing man-ufacturing facility. Work is scheduled for completion this fall. Greyline designs and manufactures flow and level instruments for the water and wastewater industry.


Sumitomo Machinery Offers Aerator Input Requirements Paper

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America offers an eight-page white paper on aerator input requirements. The paper (Aerator Input Requirements) can be requested at It includes project input requirements and the importance of aerator applications, getting the right application information and project requirements for the job, specifications and industry requirements, equipment specifications, unique operation conditions, application impact on gearboxes, properly selected gearboxes, options affecting selection and effects of improperly selected gearboxes.


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