Industry News: January 2018

Here's a quick roundup of this month's industry news. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more.

Industry News: January 2018
Wilo USA announced Darren T. McGuire as the new director of operations for its production and distribution facilities in Thomasville, Georgia

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Sulzer Pumps Solutions has acquired JWC Environmental
Sulzer Pumps Solutions announced it has completed the acquisition of JWC Environmental. JWC Environmental will operate as part of Sulzer Pumps Solutions’ pumps equipment division and will continue to be headquartered in Santa Ana, California. The transaction allows Sulzer Pumps Solutions to grow its wastewater treatment offering through complementary equipment as well as to improve its access to the municipal and industrial wastewater market in North America.

Hubbell Power Systems to acquire Aclara for $1.1 billion
Hubbell Power Systems announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aclara, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. for approximately $1.1 billion in an all-cash transaction. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

McGuire appointed new director of operations at Wilo USA
Wilo USA announced Darren T. McGuire as the new director of operations for its production and distribution facilities in Thomasville, Georgia. He has over 20 years' experience in the pump industry in a range of positions, including application engineering, marketing, regional sales manager and general manager.

New vice president named at Parkson Corp.
Parkson Corp. announced that Rob Berry will be joining the company as its vice president of engineering, supply chain and R&D. Berry will be based out of the company’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida, head office. In this new role, Berry will oversee the production and project engineering teams and the supply chain management for the consolidated organization. In addition, his leadership of Parkson Corp.’s research and development function will include honing the company’s processes related to product design, development and innovation and cover management of external engineering resources

Frost & Sullivan recognizes Newterra for technological leadership
Based on its recent analysis of the water and wastewater treatment industry, Frost & Sullivan recognized Newterra Ltd. with the 2017 Global Technology Leadership Award for its industry-leading modular, also referred to as packaged, water and wastewater treatment systems. 

Pittsburgh signs lab management agreement with CWM Environmental
CWM Environmental recently announced a two-year agreement with the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) to provide operations management and the services necessary to have PWSA’s analytical testing lab certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. As part of the agreement CWM will embed a lab manager, quality control manager, and technical lab analysts at the PWSA’s analytical testing lab.

Xylem to acquire Pure Technologies
Xylem Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Pure Technologies Ltd., representing an enterprise value of $397 million. Pure’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction and recommends that Pure shareholders vote in favor of the transaction.

Xylem launches new energy-efficient aerobic digester solution
Aerobic digestion is often the second-largest consumer of energy, after biological treatment aeration, at a wastewater treatment plant. Xylem has launched a new aerobic digester solution under its Sanitaire brand that decreases energy consumption by up to 90 percent, promoting more sustainable wastewater treatment operation. Sanitaire Vorelodos aerobic digester combines equipment, controls and services to future-proof wastewater treatment plants by ensuring they meet current and future U.S. EPA effluent and biosolids regulations, while simultaneously reducing operational costs. 

Bristol Township selects Inframark for wastewater treatment operations
Inframark announced that Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, approved a five-year contract for the company to manage, operate and maintain its 2.25 mgd wastewater treatment plant and 18 lift stations. The contract is effective as of Jan. 1. With the addition of Bristol Township, Inframark now serves 12 clients in Pennsylvania, including Downingtown, Lititz, and Boyertown.

Yanceyville selects Inframark for utility operations
Inframark has announced that the Yanceyville, North Carolina, town council approved a three-year contract for the company to operate, maintain and manage its 1 mgd surface water treatment plant and booster station, as well as its 0.45 mgd activated sludge plant. The contract is effective as of Jan. 1. With the addition of Yanceyville, Inframark now serves clients in 19 states across the U.S.


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