News About Duperon, Centrisys/CNP, Veolia North America and More

In this month's industry news update, track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more

News About Duperon, Centrisys/CNP, Veolia North America and More

Aiken accepts his award at the Leadership Celebration Luncheon as part of the 2023 MWEA Annual Conference. Pictured from left to right: granddaughter Mackenzie Fris, wife Diane Aiken, Steve Aiken, daughter Cori Fris, and granddaughter Taylor Fris.

Duperon’s Steve Aiken earns MWEA honor
Duperon Regional Sales Manager Steve Aiken was named recipient of the Michigan Water Environment Association Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence. As the highest MWEA honor, the award is reserved for individuals of admirable character who have demonstrated exemplary service to the MWEA and made distinctive contributions to the water environment field. With Duperon since 2010, Aiken has helped customers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin identify the best solutions to meet screening and processing needs. 

Xylem completes acquisition of Evoqua
Xylem has completed its acquisition of Evoqua Water Technologies. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the combined company includes more than 22,000 employees globally. Xylem’s portfolio of innovative solutions across the water cycle, including advanced technologies, integrated services, and deep application expertise, will help customers in utilities, industrial and commercial end markets address their most pressing water needs. The combined company’s executive leadership team will be led by Patrick Decker and include senior leaders from both Xylem and Evoqua. Xylem has also appointed Lisa Glatch and Lynn C. Swann, former Evoqua directors, to serve as members of its board of directors.

UGSI Solutions changes name to cleanwater1
UGSI Solutions has changed its name to cleanwater1. Brands under the company’s umbrella include Microclor On-Site Hypochlorite Generation Systems, Polyblend and Dynablend Polymer Feed Systems, Encore Chemical Metering Pumps and PAX Mixers.

Centrisys/CNP secures contract to upgrade Ohio plant
Centrisys/CNP has been awarded the contract to upgrade the Salem, Ohio – Columbiana County Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrade will include a Centrisys/CNP CS18-4 skid-mounted centrifuge system and PONDUS sludge hydrolysis process designed to improve digestion capacity and reduce disposal costs. The City of Salem’s Wastewater Treatment Plant serves 12,000 residents, with a design capacity of 4 million gpd. The planned upgrade will help modernize the aged infrastructure and improve compliance with the plant’s NPDES permit, ensuring reliable wastewater treatment services for the Salem area residents.

Curtis Banks
Curtis Banks

Curtis Burks joins HF scientific as operations leader/plant manager
HF scientific, a Watts brand, has hired Curtis Burks as operations leader/plant manager at the company’s Fort Myers, Florida headquarters. In his position, Burks is responsible for planning, direction and controlling operational activities, including safe production and shipment of precision instruments and related chemistries at HF scientific. His role is critical to improving and promoting the continuous improvement of culture, safety, quality, cost control and customer service at the Fort Myers facility.

Blackline Safety expands manufacturing capacity
Blackline Safety Corp. has expanded its manufacturing capacity at its Calgary, Alberta headquarters. The expansion, which is poised to increase Blackline’s production capacity by 30 to 50%, was achieved by repurposing the company’s existing space. The announcement comes on the heels of a milestone year which saw the company’s global customer base climb to 1,800, across North America, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

AqueoUS Vets acquires Dixie Tank
AqueoUS Vets has acquired Dixie Tank Co., a manufacturer of carbon and stainless-steel tanks, pressure vessels, water heaters, filters and custom fabrications for the water, water treatment, hot water, and industrial markets. The acquisition gives AqueoUS Vets an East Coast base of operations to serve a wider variety of customers across the U.S. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1943 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Dixie Tank’s facility covers six acres, with approximately 78,000 square feet of manufacturing area.

Andrew Spence
Andrew Spence

Anaergia appoints Andrew Spence as CFO
Anaergia has appointed Andrew Spence as chief financial officer. Spence has extensive experience as a CFO in the renewable energy sector, having served in this capacity at both Aria Energy, now part of BP, and at Ameresco. He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting Science degrees from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Washington State University. Hani Kaissi, who is currently serving as acting CFO, will continue in his role as chief development officer of the company.

Veolia Academy launches free online training program
Veolia North America has opened its in-house training program to the general public to support skills acquisition for individuals looking for jobs in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Veolia Academy offers free online courses for people to learn the technical skills and prepare for the state certifications necessary for a career in the industry, which needs tens of thousands of new workers across the country to handle today’s environmental challenges. Veolia Academy was developed in 2021 and its training has been approved by 38 states, with more in the process, through each state’s licensing and regulation authorities.

New AWWA president a tested leader
Having served 10 years as an active U.S. Army officer and an additional 10 years as a reservist, Patrick Kerr began his one-year term in June as the 142nd president of the American Water Works Association with decades of experience working with others to get results. One of Kerr’s goals as AWWA president is to expand the association’s reach and influence in the water sector by encouraging existing members to personally introduce their colleagues and water sector partners to the benefits of AWWA membership. “We owe it to the water community to expand our reach and increase the capacity of water utilities to provide safe drinking water for their customers,” he says in a release. “There is no doubt that being an AWWA member makes you better at your job.”

Asahi/America welcomes Edwina Merin Johns and Brian Zagrodny
Asahi/America announced two new team members. Edwina Merin Johns was named valve and actuation product manager to its technical service team. She will be responsible for maintaining all product documentation and technical sales tools for the company’s portfolio of valve and actuation products. Secondly, Brian Zagrodny joined its outside sales team as national sales manager for fabricated products. His new role will be instrumental in helping the company’s sales efforts for the growing thermoplastic pipe, fittings and valve pre-fabrication industry.

Edwina Merin Johns
Edwina Merin Johns
Brian Zagrodny
Brian Zagrodny


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