Industry News: April 2019

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.

Nuvoda names new CEO
Zain Mahmood was hired as chief executive officer at Nuvoda, a North Carolina-based provider of advanced solutions for biological process systems in wastewater and water treatment.

Freese and Nichols hires new practice lead
Consulting firm Freese and Nichols hired John Fishburne, a former engineer for the City of Charlotte (North Carolina), as wastewater/water practice lead in Charlotte. Fishburne has 20 years’ experience managing pipeline rehabilitation and replacement projects.

OneWater announces first Algaewheel system in Iowa
OneWater announced the award of its first project in Iowa. The project at the West Lake Park Wastewater Treatment Plant includes installation of a 10,000-gpd average dry-weather flow Algaewheel wastewater treatment plant. The Algaewheel process uses daylight for energy and optimizes the mutually symbiotic relationship between algae and bacteria for a low-energy treatment system. The new plant replaces an old activated sludge facility and will provide treatment for all of the Davenport park facilities.

U.S. Water Services acquired by Kurita Water Industries
U.S. Water Services announced that is has joined the Kurita Water Industries companies, an international water management company headquartered in Tokyo. The acquisition was announced in early February 2019 and was completed effective March 26. The acquisition of U.S. Water Services is part of Kurita Group’s strategic focus to expand its businesses globally by establishing bases in four regions of the world — Japan, Asia, Europe and the Americas — and is implemented as a measure for strengthening its businesses in North America.

Aerzen Canada celebrates with open house
Aerzen Canada is in a growth and expansion mode. The company celebrated the opening of a brand-new, 26,000-square-foot building with office space and a production facility. The March 19 event was attended by employees, customers, vendors and members of the national sales teams. Paul Birdi, Aerzen Canada’s president, says, “Aerzen Canada was founded in 1987 with three employees. Since then we have grown steadily to the point where we have outgrown our facility. This new building provides our customers with more capacity, higher quality and even better support with new processes, tools and technology.”

Parkson Corp. names Michael Hill as new CEO, president
Parkson Corp. announced the appointment of Michael Hill as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Shamus Hurley, who is stepping down after seven years as CEO. Hill joined Parkson Corp. in early 2008 and in his 11 years with the company has held various leadership roles in areas that included Six Sigma, Business Process Improvement, Product Portfolio Management and Regional Sales Management. In 2014, Hill was made an executive of the corporation, responsible for the leadership of global sales and marketing functions and, most recently, saw his role expand to include the general management of Parkson Corp.’s Mechanical Products and Aftermarket Business.

Anue Water Technologies selected as exclusive distributor
Anue Water Technologies was awarded exclusive distribution for Pi2 Technologies Geo-Membrane products for the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean region. The membranes can be used in many applications, such as headworks, tanks, sludge pits, open channels, vessels, manhole covers, truck bays, vertical vents and fugitive emissions from vent covers.

Jerry Schlicker promoted to engineering manager at Duperon
Duperon announced the promotion of Jerry Schlicker from controls engineer to engineering manager. In his new role, Schlicker is accountable for the design, development, onboarding and implementation of all Duperon products. Duperon product owners and detail manager report to Schlicker and the team is responsible for managing and maintaining all process, quality, document controls, systems, data, applications rules, drawings and all product-related materials that maintain the integrity of each Duperon product throughout its life cycle.

Infiltrator Water Technologies purchases Presby Environmental Inc.
Infiltrator Water Technologies announced the purchase of Presby Environmental Inc. (PEI). Presby Environmental manufactures the Enviro-Septic, Advanced Enviro-Septic, EnviroFin and other wastewater treatment technologies. “We are excited to be able to expand our products with the proven Presby Environmental product line. The family of Presby Environmental products complements Infiltrator’s core business and helps to strengthen our industry leadership position. The combination of Infiltrator and Presby Environmental supports our vision to reimagine and revolutionize onsite water management,” says Roy E. Moore Jr., president and CEO of Infiltrator Water Technologies. 

Franklin Electric welcomes new managers
Franklin Electric welcomed Chris Downey as its new territory manager for the north-central region. Downey will oversee the distribution and sales for Franklin Electric’s Pioneer Pump and FPS brand products throughout the U.S. sales territory of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with the Canadian sales territory of Manitoba. Most recently, he worked as sales director for Hydroflo Pumps USA. The company also announced Shane Wright as its new territory manager for the Southeast region. Wright will oversee the distribution and sales for Franklin Electric’s Pioneer Pump and FPS brand products throughout Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. His career in the pump industry began as an outside sales representative for Jack Tyler Engineering. Most recently, Wright worked as a national distribution manager for Ruhrpumpen.


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