March/April Industry News

Radiodetection sponsors locate rodeo; KDF sponsors Wishing Well Foundation; Cummins opens acoustical testing center; Grundfos unveils training trailer; Xylem launches water technology company; NSF achieves accreditation to issue Australian WaterMark; Neptune releases Hydraulic Series brochure; Pump Solutions acquires RedScrew Pump; Sterlitech launches glass fiber website; NYC launches Operational Excellence program; Godwin donates to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Van London – pHoenix names product specialist; FCI releases aeration system case study; CSI adds factory representative; Extech relocates to New Hampshire; ABS Materials named Most Promising Company; National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Radiodetection sponsors locate rodeo

Radiodetection is a Diamond Sponsor of the 10th Annual International Locate Rodeo. The event recognizes the competitive skills of locate technicians in the United States and Canada. Each competitor must perform three locates in a division of their choice (gas, water, power, telcom). A bonus three-minute event tests the skills of competitors on a complex line locate, involving at least three different lines.


KDF sponsors Wishing Well Foundation

KDF Fluid Treatment Inc. is a platinum sponsor of Wishing Well International Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides drinking water to developing areas and focuses on sanitation and hygiene to reduce disease and enhance the quality of life.


Cummins opens acoustical testing center

Cummins Power Generation opened its Acoustical Testing Facility at its Fridley, Minn., headquarters. By eliminating any external noise interference or input, the ATC precisely measures the noise output from fully assembled generator sets, pinpointing sources to design quieter products.


Grundfos unveils training trailer

Grundfos Water Treatment unveiled its mobile educational center for water treatment experts. The trailer will travel throughout the United States. Each tour stop will allow water treatment experts, operators and engineering professionals to experience hands-on training as well as the opportunity to experience interactive water treatment displays. The 24-foot trailer includes two flat-screen TVs for training and presentations as well as a series of working displays, including SmartDigital dosing, SelcoPerm, OxiPerm and Grundfos dosing products.


Xylem launches water technology company

Xylem Inc. completed its spinoff from ITT Corp. and has begun operations as a $3.2 billion stand-alone global water technology company. Xylem serves a $30 billion segment of the global water equipment and services market. The management team includes Gretchen McClain, president and CEO; Mike Speetzen, CFO; Mike Kuchenbrod, president, water solutions; and Chris McIntire, president, analytics.


NSF achieves accreditation to issue Australian WaterMark

NSF International, an independent global organization that certifies products and writes public health standards, earned accreditation from JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System for Australia and New Zealand) to issue the Australian WaterMark required on plumbing and water treatment products sold in those countries. The WaterMark certification includes material safety and performance testing as well as an audit of the manufacturing facility.


Neptune releases Hydraulic Series brochure

Neptune Chemical Pump Co. released its Hydraulic Series brochure, providing customers with tips for sizing and selecting metering pumps. Copies can be downloaded at


Pump Solutions acquires RedScrew Pump

Pump Solutions Group, a business unit operating within the Dover Fluid Management Segment of Dover Corp., acquired Tianjin RedScrew Pump Manufacturing Technology Co. Ltd. of Tianjin, China. The company manufactures twin and triple screw pumps, as well as multiphase and specialty pumps.


Sterlitech launches glass fiber website

The Glass Fiber Store from Sterlitech Corp.,, features different brands and grades of filters, including products from Advantec, MFS and Munktell, as well as Sterlitech.


NYC launches Operational Excellence program

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection launched Operational Excellence (OpX) to enhance services and reduce costs for the 9 million customers who rely on DEP for water and wastewater services. Veolia Water has been hired as a consultant to develop recommendations to streamline workflows, boost productivity, identify opportunities for efficiency gains and keep future water rate increases as low as possible. DEP spends approximately $1.2 billion annually on operations and maintenance and hopes to achieve $100 to $200 million in annual savings through the program.


Godwin donates to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Pump manufacturer Godwin made a donation to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The organization works to eliminate domestic violence, empower battered adults and children, promotes and unifies direct service programs, alerts and educates the public and promotes partnerships.


Van London – pHoenix names product specialist

The Van London – pHoenix Co. named Tim Schilz director of analytical business development/Knick product specialist.


FCI releases aeration system case study

Fluid Components International released a wastewater treatment aeration system case study, “Air/Gas Mass Flow Meter Improves Wastewater Treatment Processing Efficiency,” that profiles a city with a rapidly growing demand for municipal water and wastewater services. As the wastewater treatment plant expanded, engineers were able to minimize aeration basin compressed air energy costs. By incorporating FCI’s ST98 thermal mass flowmeters and Vortab Model VIP flow conditioners. The case study is available at


CSI adds factory representative

CSI Controls, manufacturer of control panels for the water and wastewater industries, added DC Sales as its wholesale factory sales representative for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.


Extech relocates to New Hampshire

Extech Instruments, a FLIR Company, relocated its headquarters to a new facility in Nashua, N.H. The facility will house the Eastern U.S. operations for FLIR’s Commerical Systems division, supporting the FLIR and Extech brands, as well as FLIR’s marine system division, Raymarine. The location also will house administrative and corporate offices, customer service and technical support, marketing and sales, quality control, NIST calibration laboratories, repair services and warehouse, as well as FLIR’s educational institute, the Infrared Training Center.


ABS Materials named Most Promising Company

Water treatment company ABS Materials Inc. of Wooster, Ohio, was named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes magazine. ABS ranked No. 67 among 100 privately held companies on the list. Ranking is based on business model, management team, notable customers, strategic partners and investment capital.


National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

The nation’s mayors will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution throughout the month of April as part of the Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation competition to reduce water and energy usage. Participating residents can win a Toyota Prius Hybrid, water-saving fixtures and other prizes, while mayors can earn bragging rights for their communities. The online competition ( divides cities into four regions (West, Midwest, South and North) and by population (5,000-30,000 residents, 30,001-100,000, 100,001 and larger). Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge win.


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