Industry News - October 2023

Industry News - October 2023

Anaergia appoints Andrew Spence as CFO

Anaergia has appointed Andrew Spence as chief financial officer. Spence has extensive experience as a CFO in the renewable energy sector, having served in this capacity at both Aria Energy, now part of BP, and at Ameresco. He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting Science degrees from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Washington State University. Hani Kaissi, who is currently serving as acting CFO, will continue in his role as chief development officer of the company.

Asahi/America welcomes Edwina Merin Johns and Brian Zagrodny

Asahi/America announced two new team members. Edwina Merin Johns was named valve and actuation product manager to its technical service team. She will be responsible for maintaining all product documentation and technical sales tools for the company’s portfolio of valve and actuation products. Secondly, Brian Zagrodny joined its outside sales team as national sales manager for fabricated products. His new role will be instrumental in helping the company’s sales efforts for the growing thermoplastic pipe, fittings and valve pre-fabrication industry.

Centrisys/CNP secures contract to upgrade Ohio plant

Centrisys/CNP has been awarded the contract to upgrade the Salem, Ohio – Columbiana County Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrade will include a Centrisys/CNP CS18-4 skid-mounted centrifuge system and PONDUS sludge hydrolysis process designed to improve digestion capacity and reduce disposal costs. The City of Salem’s Wastewater Treatment Plant serves 12,000 residents, with a design capacity of 4 million gpd. The planned upgrade will help modernize the aged infrastructure and improve compliance with the plant’s NPDES permit, ensuring reliable wastewater treatment services for the Salem area residents.

Blackline Safety expands manufacturing capacity

Blackline Safety Corp. has expanded its manufacturing capacity at its Calgary, Alberta headquarters. The expansion, which is poised to increase Blackline’s production capacity by 30 to 50%, was achieved by repurposing the company’s existing space. The announcement comes on the heels of a milestone year which saw the company’s global customer base climb to 1,800, across North America, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Curtis Burks joins HF scientific as operations leader/plant manager

HF scientific, a Watts brand, has hired Curtis Burks as operations leader/plant manager at the company’s Fort Myers, Florida headquarters. In his position, Burks is responsible for planning, direction and controlling operational activities, including safe production and shipment of precision instruments and related chemistries at HF scientific. His role is critical to improving and promoting the continuous improvement of culture, safety, quality, cost control and customer service at the Fort Myers facility.

AqueoUS Vets acquires Dixie Tank

AqueoUS Vets has acquired Dixie Tank Co., a manufacturer of carbon and stainless steel tanks, pressure vessels, water heaters, filters and custom fabrications for the water, water treatment, hot water, and industrial markets. The acquisition gives AqueoUS Vets an East Coast base of operations to serve a wider variety of customers across the U.S. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1943 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Dixie Tank’s facility covers six acres, with approximately 78,000 square feet of manufacturing area.

Michael Nicholson joins Ecoremedy

Michael Nicholson, a 33-year veteran of the water and wastewater industry specializing in biosolids and organic residuals management, has joined the leadership team at Ecoremedy as vice president of sales and business development. Previously the director of The Denali Technology Group at Denali Water Solutions, Nicholson will be responsible for all activities related to sales and development of Ecoremedy’s renewable energy gasification technology. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation and U.S. Composting Council as well as multiple regional associations in wastewater, biosolids and recycling.

Val‐Matic welcomes Sandra Diaz as director of planning and forecasting

Val‐Matic welcomed Sandra Diaz to its team as the director of planning and forecasting. She will provide leadership to improve supply chain and planning processes, expanding on the strengths of current co-workers in both areas. Diaz began her career on the customer service side and eventually crossed into inventory and supply chain management. Over the years, she has held positions such as director of purchasing and director of manufacturing in the PPE  manufacturing industry. She entered the supply chain side 12 years ago and has grown her skill set in that area, gaining responsibility in each role.

infinitii ai announces five-year contract in Canada

infinitii ai, a developer in AI-driven predictive analytics software for Smart City water and Smart Industry infrastructure applications, announced a sales contract with a large Canadian municipality. The new five-year $1.472 million contract with an existing customer adds infinitii auto i&i, infinitii auto qa/qc and infinitii face pro machine learning products to a previous license for infinitii flowworks data monitoring software. The company’s customers include the Smart Cities and municipalities of Toronto, Seattle, Miami-Dade County, Boston, Dallas, Region of Peel, Vancouver and Los Angeles County, among others.

Franklin Electric names Greg Levine VP and president, global water

Franklin Electric announced that Donald Kenney, vice president and president, global water, will be retiring after nearly 32 years with the company. Kenney was a driving force behind Franklin Electric’s Global Water growth and strategy over the last decade. Greg Levine joined Franklin Electric in July from Nidec Corp., where he served as president of the motion control and drives business for the past six years. Before working at Nidec, Levine held senior engineering roles at Emerson for 15 years. In his new role, Levine will be responsible for Franklin Electric’s global water systems business. 

Mazzei Injector and Heyward team up

Mazzei Injector Co. has chosen Heyward Inc. as its manufacturer’s representative for the municipal water and wastewater markets in the Carolinas. Heyward has been serving those markets since 1908. 

Stantec selected by SFPUC to design new facility

Stantec was selected by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to lead design for a new water resource recovery facility on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. The island has undergone decades of geotechnical improvements to make it habitable for businesses and residents. The constructed island was first developed for the World’s Fair in 1939 and later became a U.S. naval station. It currently has a small wastewater treatment facility to serve a population of nearly 2,500 people. With projections for future development and growth to about 20,000 residents by 2032, SFPUC wants to expand capacity with the new facility.

CWA receives investment from Ohio

The Cleveland Water Alliance received a $4 million investment from the state of Ohio to build out the next phase of its test beds and further develop its water economy workforce. With this funding, CWA has secured over $10 million from state, local and federal partners to generate innovative answers to global freshwater issues and accelerate the Great Lakes region’s water economy. Over the last two years, funding from the state of Ohio, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Cuyahoga (Ohio) County supported the building of the physical infrastructure of CWA’s telecommunications network. 


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