Industry News - August 2013

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Endress+Hauser launches online instrumentation training

Endress+Hauser launched its End User Academy (, enabling field technicians to gain training to run plant operations safely and efficiently without spending extended time away from their regular jobs. Through its online training modules that cover theory and concepts as prerequisites, the EUA gives technicians the preparation needed to begin on site and classroom training. The online training modules offer instruction in flow, level, pressure, temperature, liquid analysis, recorders and components and solutions.

Huber Technology names sales manager

Huber Technology named Chris Hubbard Northeast region sales manager. He replaces Frank Scriver, who was promoted to sales director. He will oversee sales in the northeast United States and eastern Canada.

Rain for Rent, Portadam form partnership

Rain for Rent and Portadam have formed a partnership, offering temporary cofferdam dewatering for construction, remediation, rehabilitation, flood protection and in-water inspection.

Dow opens California manufacturing plant

Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., opened a manufacturing facility in Menlo Park, Calif. The plant will make Tequatic Plus fine particle filters and house a research and development department.

Tighe & Bond receives ACEC Gold Award

Massachusetts engineering firm Tighe & Bond received the Gold Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts during its 2013 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. The annual competition recognizes engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, complexity and client satisfaction. Tighe & Bond was honored for its innovative $17 million upgrade of the Town of Sturbridge’s wastewater treatment facility, which featured the combined BioMag/CoMag system. The implementation of the BioMag and CoMag processes increased wastewater treatment efficiency, improved water quality and reduced costs and overall environmental impact.

Hydraulic Institute names directors, officers

The Hydraulic Institute named its officers for 2013 and new board of directors. Dean Douglas, Dover Pump Solutions Group, remains chairman of the board and Dennis Wierzbicki, Grundfos, remains HI president. New board members include Michael S. Cropper, Sulzer Pumps; John Miersma, Iwaki America; and Andrew Warrington, Peerless Pump Co. Cropper also was elected vice president, technical affairs; Miersma will remain vice president, member services; and Warrington will remain vice president, knowledge and education. Additional board members include Suellen Torregrosa, Milton Roy; Tom Grove, AESSEAL; George Harris, Hydro; Bob Hendricks, Flowserve Corp.; Rich Heppe, Nidec Motor Co.; Robert Pagano Jr., ITT-Industrial Process; Gary Witt, Pentair; John White Jr., TACCO, and Jeff Wiemelt, Sundyne. Past president of the institute, Al Huber, Dennis Ziegler and Ken Napolitano will remain ex-officio members of the board. The institute also recognized David McKinstry, Colfax Fluid Handling, as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Thomas & Betts publishes safety catalog

Thomas & Betts published the last in a series of four safety technology catalogs. The catalog includes hazardous and emergency lighting and surge suppression products. Catalogs are available through Thomas & Betts sales representatives.

SJE-Rhombus names sales representative

SJE-Rhombus named Northeast Sales Associates to represent its product line in Upstate New York. NESA’s sales team includes six outside representatives, two inside sales/service associates, a quotation manager and an office manager.

PSG names marketing, development directors

Pump Solutions Group appointed Doug Cumpston director, global segment marketing, and named Russell Sitka director of business development, Americas. Cumpston will be responsible for the development and execution of PSG’s global energy market strategy. Sitka will be responsible for the coordination and execution of PSG’s strategy for the regional vertical segments, including strategic program and business plan development.

Headworks International recognized for diversity

Headworks International ranked 255 on the Div500 listing of the nation’s top 500 women-owned businesses by The provider of municipal wastewater treatment processes and equipment also ranked 23 among the top 100 women-owned businesses in Texas, ranked 51 among the top 100 diversity-owned businesses in Texas and ranked 75 among the top 100 privately held Texas businesses.

Vogelsang names regional sales manager

Vogelsang USA, manufacturer of pumps and grinders for the municipal market, named Ron Maiorana Southwest regional sales manager. Maiorana will be responsible for Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

WILO USA names director of service

WILO USA, provider of pumps and pump solutions for water management, named Ralf Peifer director of service for its new factory service center in Thomasville, Ga. He will be responsible for defining processes and procedures within the service department, assessing and auditing third-party service centers and managing sales through the service centers.

Bio Huma Netics names director of engineering and Probiotic Solutions

Bio Huma Netics, producer of products to increase the efficiency of wastewater treatment, named Shawn Whitmer, P.E., director of engineering and Probiotic Solutions. He will manage the company’s wastewater treatment product line, sales and growth.

Grundfos breaks ground on North American headquarters

Denmark-based pump manufacturer Grundfos broke ground on its North American headquarters building in Downers Grove, Ill. Pursuing LEED Silver certification for the site, the facility will feature low-flow water fixtures, Energy Star-approved office appliances, heating, ventilation and air conditioning free of chlorofluorocarbon-based refrigerants. Up to 75 percent of construction waste will be diverted to recycling facilities, with office furniture, carpet and ceiling tiles featuring at least 20 percent recycled materials.

Penn Stainless receives ISO certification

Penn Stainless Products received ISO 9001:2008 standard certification from National Quality Assurance, U.S.A. The standard certifies the company meets specific requirements for a quality management system and demonstrates its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Environmental Express names president, CEO

Environmental Express named Al Jurgela president and chief executive officer. He is experienced in general management, strategic consulting, finance and operational excellence, as well as driving growth through new market development and acquisition-based strategies. Environmental Express provides laboratory products used in water, wastewater, oil and grease analysis.

Pump Systems names directors, officers

Pump Systems Matter, the 501(c)3 training subsidiary of the Hydraulic Institute, named Geoff Wickes of Emerging Technologies, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, chairman of the board for 2013. Board members include Dennis Wierzbicki, Grundfos; Robert Asdal, Hydraulic Institute; Dean Douglas, Dover Pump Solutions Group; John Miersma, Iwaki America Inc.; Mick Cropper, Sulzer Pumps (USA) Inc.; Ann Garbow, Xcel Energy; and Bruce Lung, Alliance to Save Energy (non-voting member).

CH2M HILL vice president, managing director receive university recognition

Blake Jeffcoat, vice president and U.S. client sector director for CH2M’s Water Business Group, was named 2013 Outstanding Civil Engineering Alumnus by Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Thomas G. Searle, managing director for Canada at CH2M HILL, received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Marquette University’s College of Engineering and the Marquette University Alumni Association.

Industrial Scientific opens distribution center

Industrial Scientific opened its newly leased, 19,500-square-foot distribution center in Oakdale, Pa. The Pittsburgh-area facility supports global order fulfillment, regional manufacturing and instrument repair.

Thompson Pumps holds Pumpology School

Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. held its 23rd annual Pumpology School in April at its corporate facilities in Port Orange, Fla. A total of 55 attendees from 15 states and seven foreign countries took part in the three-day workshop that included training sessions for sales and service professionals.


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