Industry News: December 2020

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.

Centrisys secures order for Denver treatment facility
Centrisys Corp. will be sending eight CS26-4 decanter centrifuges to the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver. The new centrifuges will replace aging equipment and will support increased performance and capacity at the Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility, as the district moves into a new biological phosphorus removal process.

Chris Karasch
Chris Karasch

SEEPEX promotes Karasch to national sales manager
SEEPEX announced the promotion of Chris Karasch to national sales manager. He joined SEEPEX over 12 years ago as a territory manager and has gained valuable insight into the progressive cavity market. He then moved in a district manager tole, and then on to regional sales manage. He most recently was the director of sales.

120Water and PUR Community join forces on lead remediation
120Water, a digital water platform in use at more than 180,000 sample sites across the nation, has joined forces with PUR Community, a new municipality initiative created by PUR, a Helen of Troy brand, to simplify point of use drinking water programs for utilities, municipalities, and facilities, including lead remediation programs. With this partnership, 120Water can offer PUR pitcher and filter kits as part of its digital water platform used across the country to manage and modernize complex water programs and to help stay compliant with EPA regulations, including the upcoming revised Lead & Copper Rule.

Schneider Electric announces $40M investment
Schneider Electric announced a $40 million investment to modernize its facilities across the U.S., and to bring new production lines to the states. In addition to new software and facility upgrades, the investment will further strengthen its workforce by introducing new digital training and upskilling opportunities and adds 130 new jobs.

Brown and Caldwell welcomes new head of diversity and inclusion
Brown and Caldwell announced Andrea Hall joined the company as senior director of diversity and inclusion. Hall brings a 17-year track record of creating and leading company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy and strengthening equitable processes for global organizations. As senior director of diversity and inclusion, she will be responsible for identifying and implementing programs to maintain and promote Brown and Caldwell’s culture of belonging, diversity and inclusion. Additionally, she will enhance current diversity and inclusion initiatives as the foundation of its recruitment, retention and professional advancement practices.

Grundfos appoints Poul Due Jensen as new CEO
Grundfos Holding’s board of directors has appointed Group Executive Vice President Poul Due Jensen as its new CEO. He started with Grundfos in 1997 and since 2015 he has been a central part of the group management team.

George Graham
George Graham

MFG Chemical hires new VP operations
MFG Chemical has hired George Graham, Ph.D., into the key position of vice president operations. He will be responsible for MFG’s three plants in the Dalton, Georgia, area and the 27-acre plant in Pasadena, Texas. Graham joins MFG Chemical after a 25 year career, and most recently served as director of operations at Wacker Polysilicon.

Carollo Continues East Coast Expansion With New York Metro Offices
Carollo Engineers has opened new offices in New York City and northern New Jersey in order to better serve municipal water and wastewater entities in the New York/New Jersey Metro area. The new offices are located at 530 7th Avenue in New York, New York and 70 Hilltop Road in Ramsey, New Jersey. “The Northeast area of our country, and specifically, the New York/New Jersey Metro area, faces daunting water challenges,” says Carollo New York Office Leader Scott Davis. “With Carollo’s singular focus on water, we bring proven solutions to help utilities address aging infrastructure, adapt to climate change, improve resiliency, and comply with new, more stringent regulatory requirements.”

SGS AXYS Method 16130 Recommended to EPA Approved Testing List for Dioxins
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it has approved the SGS AXYS Method 16130 as a method and alternate test procedure for future regulation and detection of dioxins. Developed over two years at the SGS AXYS laboratory in collaboration with the EPA and equipment manufacturers Waters Corporation and Agilent Technologies, the SGS AXYS Method 16130 is an important piece of the puzzle in the modernization and diversification of testing for dioxins and other toxic contaminants. The current EPA 1613B dioxin testing method has long been considered the gold standard, but the magnetic sector instruments that it uses are an aging platform with decreasing vendor and instrument availability, making a new test vital. SGS has a history of acting as a think tank for testing innovation with other methods that are continuously being developed, evaluated and sold to customers.


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