Industry News - July 2013

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WesTech names international business unit leader 

WesTech Engineering named Philip Lake leader of its international business unit. He has 19 years of experience in the sedimentation equipment industry. Lake will be based in the company’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Schneider Electric recognizes distributors

Schneider Electric recognized distributors of the year and top performers as part of its Automation & Control Excellence program. Barr-Thorp Electric of Merriam, Kan., was recognized for solutions distributor of the year; Crescent Electric Supply Co. of Columbia, Ohio, was recognized as automation distributor of the year, and Graybar Electric Co. of Houston, Texas, was recognized as control distributor of the year. Top performers in the ACE program were Advantage Industrial Automation of Duluth, Ga.; Border States Electric Supply of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; HD Supply of Tampa, Fla.; Graybar Electric Co. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Standard Electric Supply Co. of Wood Dale, Ill., and Graybar Electric Co. of De Pere, Wis.

NETZSCH Pumps names business field manager  

NETZSCH Pumps North America named David J. Fillo business field manager for dosing technology. Based in St. Louis, Mo., he will be responsible for the North American market for the dosing and meter mix industries.

Xylem acquires Multitrode

Xylem acquired Multitrode Inc., a privately held Australian-based water and wastewater technology and services company for $26 million. Multitrode has approximately 60 employees with offices in the United States and United Kingdom.

SJE-Rhombus receives Silver ESOP award

SJE-Rhombus was named a Silver ESOP award winner by The ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Association. The award recognizes companies for their work in sustaining an ESOP for 25 years. SJE-Rhombus was one of 26 corporate members to be honored by the association in 2013.

DeZURIK names president, COO

DeZURIK named Bryan Burns president and chief operating officer for the municipal and industrial valve manufacturing company. Larry Korf remains chief executive officer and has accepted a position on the board of directors.

BASF adds US sales contacts

BASF Water Solutions named Tim LeTourneau head of membrane solutions and Scott Caothien technical sales support manager for membrane solutions. LeTourneau has 25 years experience in the water industry and Caothien has 20 years experience.

Koch Membrane Systems hires regional manager

Koch Membrane Systems named Coley Ali regional manager for the western United States and Canada. He will focus on identifying opportunities for growth and developing strategic relationships as KMS prepares to launch a series of new products for the water and wastewater market.

InduSoft releases SCADA software service pack

InduSoft released a service pack for its SCADA software Web Studio v7.1. The free software can be downloaded at Available for InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 users, the service pack adds multi-touch development capabilities for touch-screen enabled devices. Without a keyboard or point device, users can navigate screens and issue commands for an entire system.

Singer Valve adds sales managers

Singer Valve named Carlos Garcia and Clinton Smith account sales managers. Garcia has 20 years of water works experience and will be based in San Diego, Calif. Smith will be working out of Surrey, British Columbia.

Headworks names board members

Headworks International, provider of advanced wastewater treatment processes and equipment for municipal and industrial facilities, named Larry Magor chairman of the board as a non-executive director of the company. Debra Coy was named non-executive director and chair of the audit committee and Ian Fagelson was named non-executive director. They join existing non-executive directors Paul Lersch and Susan Farmer and executive directors Michele LaNoue, CEO, and Gerald Seidl, senior vice president.

Vogelsang names director of sales

Vogelsang promoted Rich Owens to director of sales. Owens joined the company in 1998. Vogelsang manufactures pumps, grinders, and related equipment for the municipal, industrial and agricultural markets.

Sauereisen names controller, regional manager

Sauereisen promoted Maureen E. Bankert to controller and Pete J. Jansen to Midwest regional manager. He will be responsible for Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

FRAKO capacitors receives Canadian certification

FRAKO Kondensatoren-GmbH LKT series capacitors received Canadian Standards Association certification. The capacitors also are UL approved and comply with EN/IEC requirements. They can be used in fixed or automatic power factor correction systems and harmonic filters.

Kaeser Compressors produces air-topic blog

Kaeser Compressors’ blog “Kaeser Talks Shop” ( includes technical articles on various compressed air topics, including piping, adaptive control in blower installations, compressed air audits and energy savings tips for compressed air systems.

Flowserve expands testing capabilities

Flowserve Corp. upgraded the open loop test bench at its Coslada, Spain, manufacturing and testing facility. The test bench covers an area of 19,400 square feet and a depth of 27 feet. It can accommodate flows to 400,000 gpm and a total differential head of 34.4 feet. The addition of a multi-size discharge manifold provides the flexibility to test pumps with discharge ports to 108.3 inches.

FCI flow meter receives approvals

The ST100 Series thermal mass air/gas flowmeter from Fluid Components International received ATEX and IECEx approvals for safe operation in potentially hazardous environments. The enclosure is flame proof and protected from dust ignition.

AEGIS offers handbook for ring motor repair

The AEGIS Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook describes best practices for protecting motor bearings from electrical damage. Available from Electro Static Technology, manufacturer of AEGIS shaft grounding rings, the handbook is available in PDF format at

American Water receives Missouri safety award

American Water’s Contract Services Group received the 2012 safety award from the Missouri Water Environment Association for its safe operation of the City of St. Charles wastewater treatment facility. American Water has operated the facility since 1984, treating an average of 8,236 mgd.

Brown and Caldwell names vice president, project finalist

Brown and Caldwell named Jeff Theerman vice president. He is the former executive director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. The consulting company also is a finalist for the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for its Lake Oswego interceptor sewer project and Brightwater treatment plant in Woodinville, Wash.

UV Pure names wholesale distributor

UV Pure named Preferred Pump & Equipment wholesale distributor for its water system products in the United States.


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