Industry News: April 2021

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.

Xylem and Planet Water Foundation provide clean water
Xylem announced that its longtime partnership with Planet Water Foundation has provided more than 1 million people with access to safe, reliable drinking water and hygiene education. The milestone was achieved through 10 years of partnership centered on a shared mission to create stability and equity for communities that lack access to clean water. Over the last decade, more than 1,600 Xylem employees have served as Planet Water project volunteers to install AquaTower systems and engage local residents in WASH education programs. Most recently, Xylem supported natural disaster responses in the Philippines after super typhoon Goni, and in Honduras following hurricanes Eta and Iota.

Resilient Infrastructure acquired by Partners Group
Resilient Infrastructure Group announced its acquisition by Partners Group, a global private markets firm. The acquisition will allow Resilient to continue building a diversified, multi-industry water platform operating in the distributed water and wastewater sectors, including wastewater treatment and reuse infrastructure, wastewater-to-renewable natural gas facilities and potable water infrastructure.

Nidec Motor Corp. introduces virtual program for motor testing
Nidec Motor Corp. launched a virtual test service that enables customers to remotely witness and monitor motor testing that is being done at NMC’s Mena, Arkansas, manufacturing facility. The service, which can eliminate the need for an on-site inspection, provides original equipment manufacturers and end users with a safe, convenient and economical way to validate that a product is being manufactured to specifications, view performance results and receive additional technical support.

Anue Water names new channel partner
Anue Water Technologies named Faco Waterworks as its exclusive new channel partner for the sales and distribution of Anue’s eco-friendly product line throughout Indiana. In a company release, Greg Bock, Anue Water VP general manager, says, “We are happy and proud to have Faco Waterworks as our exclusive channel partner throughout the state of Indiana. Faco has a 56-year history of leadership in the wastewater treatment industry, an outstanding team of process technology experts, and a high-level of energy and enthusiasm for solving customer problems.”

Goulds Water Technology introduces virtual training tool
Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, has launched the V.A.R.I. Challenge, an online tool for industry professionals to properly and safely use a digital multimeter to troubleshoot pump systems. Set up in a gamified format, users of the V.A.R.I. Challenge use a digital multimeter to test the voltage, amperage, resistance and insulation of the brand’s Aquavar SOLO2 variable frequency drive performance, enabling users to advance from level to level. Users are timed throughout the challenge and receive points for accuracy of responses. Upon completion of the challenge, users can see where they stack up on the V.A.R.I. Challenge leaderboard. Additional features and resources are integrated throughout the interactive tool, which include links to Goulds Water Technology service manuals and video tips for each level.

Andrew Meschisen
Andrew Meschisen

Asahi/America welcomes new operations VP
Asahi/America announced the addition of Andrew Meschisen to its executive management team. Meschisen joined Asahi/America as vice president of operations and materials where he will oversee the company’s operations and manufacturing, materials and supply chain, quality assurance, warehousing, and facility maintenance.

Rajan Ray takes digital leadership role at CDM Smith
CDM Smith announced that Rajan Ray joined the firm as a global strategy lead for digital solutions. Ray has more than two decades of experience in the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced digital solutions in the water industry. Prior to CDM Smith, Ray was the global director of product marketing at Innovyze, where he and his team developed and supported the go-to-market strategy for the company’s entire software portfolio, including the company’s first foray into artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Justin Schram
Justin Schram

Justin Schram joins ResinTech in technical sales
ResinTech hired Justin Schram to lead business development efforts for the company’s Western U.S. and Canada regions. Schram began his career in solar energy before joining the water industry where he worked for Pentair helping distributors and dealers throughout Southern California solve their water treatment needs.


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.