December Industry News

Water Cannon Launches Website; ABS Invests $25 Million in RedZone; Public Works Employees Receive Lifesaving Award; Haaker’s Thomas Helps with Water Project; AM-Liner Joins NORDIPIPE Group; Spartan Names Webb Territory Manager; Wachs Water Receives Leak Detection Contracts; Vanair Expands Manufacturing Facilities; ITT Sponsors 2012 Future City Competition; IPR Names Rorison COO

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Water Cannon Launches Website

Water Cannon Inc. launched its user-friendly website, www.water, enabling customers to search, view and find products in seconds. The site includes a one-page checkout and customer review section. A filtering feature lets users refine their search for pressure per square inch, gallons per minute, price and more.


ABS Invests $25 Million in RedZone

RedZone Robotics Inc., designer and manufacturer of wastewater inspection technologies and related analytical solutions for municipalities, received a $25 million investment from ABS Capital Partners Inc. RedZone will use the funds to expand its product set and geographic reach. As a result of the financing, ABS Capital general partners Bobby Goswami and Laura Witt will join RedZone’s board of directors.


Public Works Employees Receive Lifesaving Award

Pierce County, Wash., public works and utilities employees received the Governor’s Lifesaving Award for rescuing a construction worker who was swept into the sewer system. The 18 employees were honored at the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in September in Tacoma. On March 21, 2011, a worker on a county construction project became untethered while working inside a 6-foot-diameter sewer pipe. He traveled more than a half mile through the underground pipe to the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, where county workers were able to locate and pull him to safety through a manhole.


Haaker’s Thomas Helps with Water Project

Dave Thomas, Haaker Equipment Co. sales representative for Elgin street sweepers and Vactor sewer cleaners and hydroexcavators in La Verne, Calif., traveled to Rwanda the past three years as part of the Clean Water Initiative of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. Thomas and his colleagues have brought water purification systems to three hospitals in western Rwanda and is working to drill deep wells for more than 100 villages. His next project is to bring fresh water to a high school in the African nation of Malawi.


AM-Liner Joins NORDIPIPE Group

AM-Liner East Inc. is the newest member of the NORDIPIPE licensee family. The northern Virginia-based company is the fourth licensee of NORDIPIPE, a trenchless technology for the rehabilitation of water mains.


Spartan Names Webb Territory Manager

Spartan Tool LLC named Tom Webb territory manager for Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama. He has 14 years experience in the drain cleaning industry.


Wachs Water Receives Leak Detection Contracts

Wachs Water Services was awarded several multiyear contracts to inspect up to 4,000 miles of water mains for leaks in Connecticut and Texas. The contracts have a combined value of approximately $1 million.


Vanair Expands Manufacturing Facilities

Vanair Manufacturing added 30,000 square feet to its Michigan City, Ind., facility. The project, completed in November, brings the total size of the facility to 90,000 square feet.


ITT Sponsors 2012 Future City Competition

ITT RCW will sponsor the $5,000 2012 Future City Competition, a nonprofit student contest that challenges teams to create their visions of the city of tomorrow — first on a computer and then in a 3-D model. Middle school students compete regionally with winners advancing to nationals in Washington, D.C.


IPR Names Rorison COO

IPR, provider of underground rehabilitation solutions, named James A. Rorison chief operating officer. He has 27 years of business and management experience.


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