Industry News: March 2022

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: March 2022

The retiring Mike Goodman of HF Scientific poses with a CLX chlorine analyzer, which he developed.

HF scientific’s Mike Goodman retires
After 42 years with the company, Mike Goodman has retired from HF scientific. Goodman is credited with developing the company’s two major product lines used in the production of clean drinking water: turbidimeters and CLX chlorine analyzers.

Madhavi Batchu
Madhavi Batchu

Centrisys secures maintenance contract, announces new COO
Centrisys announced it has secured a contract with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to provide maintenance and repairs for 83 existing decanter centrifuges located in eight NYC wastewater treatment facility locations. Centrisys’ contract was bid in partnership with Jett Industries, a general contractor focused on constructing and modifying water and wastewater treatment facilities.
The company also announced Madhavi Batchu has been promoted to chief operating officer. Batchu is a 17-year veteran of the wastewater industry and joined Centrisys/CNP in 2014, establishing the company’s applications engineering department. In her new role as COO, she is responsible for the overall operations of Centrisys/CNP. She will work directly with CEO and President Michael Kopper, Vice President of Product Development George Kueppers, CFO Gary Stinson, and other internal teams to develop and implement the strategic vision and values of the Centrisys/CNP organization.

Franklin Electric announces recipients for outstanding achievements
At Franklin Electric’s annual Commercial Summit — a gathering of team members from across its operations — winners of this year’s awards for outstanding performance, sales and customer support were announced. The winners named were Field Salesperson of the Year, Jimmy Vela; Field Service Engineer of the Year, Ryan Horner; and Team of the Year, U.S. South Central Region. The team members, led by Darol Hayes, included Chase Ellsworth, Dave Batdorff, Erasmo Barron, Ilse Gallegos, Jennifer Ford, Jesse Zwiebel, Jimmy Vela, Hannah Kiningham and Woody Kunkel.

Grundfos and EKF sign financing partnership agreement
Grundfos and EKF Denmark’s Export Credit Agency have entered into an agreement that enables Grundfos to finance projects globally for private commercial and public customers with limited funds. The agreement could also help customers meet their goals for reduced carbon emissions. Under the agreement, private commercial and public customers can receive financing on projects above $570,129 for up to five years directly through Grundfos. EKF will provide Grundfos a credit guarantee covering 50% of the credit exposure, reducing the risk in financing such projects.

Mark Morelli
Mark Morelli

Xylem appoints Mark Morelli to board
Xylem has appointed Mark Morelli to the company’s board of directors, effective Feb. 3. Morelli currently serves as president and CEO of Vontier Corp., a global industrial technology company focused on smarter mobility. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Columbus McKinnon, COO of Brooks Automation, CEO of alternative energy company Energy Conversion Devices, and president of United Technologies.

HDR acquires water engineering firm SPF
HDR acquired Boise, Idaho-based SPF Water Engineering, an employee-owned water, wastewater and hydrogeologic consulting firm. Going forward, they will do business as HDR | SPF. As part of the asset acquisition, SPF includes MDS Drafting, which will be doing business as HDR | MDS. 

Joe Kratochvil
Joe Kratochvil

Anue names new sales director
Anue Water Technologies announced that Joe Kratochvil has joined the company as sales director. Kratochvil joins Anue with 35 years’ wastewater industry experience. Most recently, he owned his own wastewater treatment company, Botany Bay Chemical. Before that, he served in sales management positions for HOH Water Technologies, Ashland Chemical and Betz Laboratories.

Sacramento District selects Stantec to provide pipeline design
The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District selected Stantec to provide design for 16 miles of transmission pipelines as part of the Harvest Water program. The program will provide tertiary-treated recycled water for growers to use to irrigate crops instead of pumped groundwater on 16,000 acres of agricultural lands in southern Sacramento County.


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