Industry News: December 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.

Industry News: December 2021

From left, Peter Cunningham, COO; David Williams, director of engineering; Randall Waldron, vice president of sales and marketing; Robyn Brookhart, president and CEO; Dennis Burke, CFO; Don Cunningham, manufacturing manager; and Charlie Cook, chairman of the board.

Liberty Pumps holds groundbreaking at new center
Liberty Pumps hosted a groundbreaking celebration at the site of its materials center in Bergen, New York. State and local partners as well as Liberty employees attended the event. The 107,000-square-foot expansion will provide additional warehousing and added manufacturing space. It is anticipated to support 30 additional jobs at the family- and employee-owned manufacturer. This will be the third expansion for the company since 2000. Upon completion, Liberty will have approximately 350,000 square feet of facilities at its corporate campus in New York. 

Watson-Marlow begins building new U.S. manufacturing facility
Watson-Marlow started construction on a new manufacturing facility in the United States, with first production due in late 2022. The new facility will be dedicated to its range of products, including peristaltic pumps, tubing, fluid path solutions and BioPure components.

Duperon wins MFG award
Duperon, based in Saginaw, Michigan, received recognition as a recipient of the 2021 MFG Innovation Excellence award, hosted by the Michigan Manufacturers Association. The awards are held annually to celebrate the exceptional contributions that Michigan manufacturers make to their workforce, their communities, the economy and the industry.

Terry Waldo
Terry Waldo

Waldo named USALCO CCO
USALCO has appointed Terry Waldo as chief commercial officer. In this newly created CCO position, Waldo will direct the sales and marketing teams across USALCO, which recently merged with G2O Technologies.

Kaeser offers new rental blower program
Kaeser announced a new rental blower program. Designed for such instances as when a unit needs to be taken offline for service without compromising operations, meeting a temporary surge, or wanting to try out new blower technology without spending capital, a portable rotary screw blower can be rented from Kaeser. Available in three sizes with oil-free flows ranging from 200 to 2309 cfm, the variable-speed rotary screw blowers are efficient and provide flexibility for a variety of low-pressure applications.

Grundfos joins 50L Home Coalition
Grundfos joined the 50L Home Coalition with the ambition to promote circular water in homes and cities. The 50L Home Coalition is a global action-oriented platform that unites leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to address two global challenges: water security and climate change. Grundfos and the Coalition will focus on making the reuse and recycling of water the norm in homes, which calls for smarter approaches that allow for water “fit-for-purpose” use.

Solential Energy bringing floatovoltaics to Midwest
Carmel, Indiana-based Solential Energy announced a strategic initiative to work with Ciel et Terre to bring floatovoltaics to the Midwest. Ciel et Terre’s floatovoltaic racking systems — solar arrays designed and engineered to float on the surface of reservoirs and treatment lagoons — are already in use in California and Florida.

Envirosuite executes MoU for partnership with Aeroqual
Envirosuite announced it has executed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic partnership with Aeroqual, a manufacturer of air quality monitoring technology. The MoU outlines a framework for the joint pursuit of global strategic opportunities between the companies’ mining, waste, wastewater and industrial sectors. Headquartered in New Zealand, Aeroqual has offices in the U.S. and China and is represented by a global network of partners.

Endress+Hauser and ISA to offer extended training services
Endress+Hauser and the International Society of Automation, a nonprofit professional association for leaders in industrial automation, announced a collaboration for training and certification. ISA will provide select certified training courses in conjunction with Endress+Hauser’s instrumentation training courses, with these courses offered onsite at Endress+Hauser’s 11 process training units located across the U.S.

ResinTech starts U.S. production of non-solvent resins
Camden, New Jersey-based ResinTech announced that it has begun commercial production of its flagship line of non-solvent cation resin. Historically, the bulk of ion exchange resins were manufactured outside the U.S. using solvents like ethylene dichloride, a suspected carcinogen. The absence of the chemical from ResinTech’s process helps reduce the public’s exposure to the chemical. The resin factory is capable of manufacturing up to half a million cubic feet of the black cation every year in a variety of mesh sizes and crosslink ranges.

Pronitha Shankarananda
Pronitha Shankarananda

Industrial Scientific welcomes new VP of product management
Industrial Scientific announced that Pronitha Shankarananda has joined the company as vice president of product management. She will be responsible for leading the Industrial Scientific product management and applications engineering teams while developing and executing the business and product strategy at a global scale. Shankarananda holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Karnataka, India, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delhi, and a Master of Science in Management Studies from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

DiaphragmPumps.US launches e-commerce website (online only)
DiaphragmPumps.US announced the launch of their e-commerce website, offering an alternative to buying air-operated diaphragm pumps online. The main focus of the new website is to make it easier for the user to find and select the right pump. Offering a large inventory, DiaphragmPumps.US offers same day shipping for orders received by 5 p.m. eastern. Existing pump distributors can sign up to share with their customers a discount code to use to purchase pumps on the site.

Franklin Electric names new business unit directors (Andrew_Schwarze, Travis_Bradley)
Franklin Electric announced personnel moves and additions within its water systems sales team. Travis Bradley has been promoted to business unit director of industrial and engineered systems. Filling Bradley’s previous position, Andrew Schwarze has joined the organization as business unit director of groundwater distributors. Both will be responsible for directing Franklin Electric’s product development, sales and support efforts throughout the United States and Canada.

Andrew Schwarze
Andrew Schwarze
Travis Bradley
Travis Bradley


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