Industry News - May 2013

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Holden Industries acquires Vector Technologies

Holden Industries, parent company of Vac-Con, acquired Vector Technologies. Based in Milwaukee, Vector designs and manufactures industrial vacuum cleaning systems for hazardous and non-hazardous material handling. Holden Industries is an employee-owned company based in Deerfield, Ill., with manufacturing facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Michigan, California and Arizona,
as well as India and Taiwan.

Federal Signal opens rental, service center

Federal Signal Corp.’s Environmental Solutions Group opened an FS Solutions rental and service center in New Brunswick, N.J., as part of the company’s expansion of FS Solutions locations and service offerings. The ninth rental and service center stocks high-performance parts and accessories for Federal Signal’s Guzzler brand of vacuum trucks, Vactor vacuum excavators and Jetstream waterblasters.

APWA’s Walsh elected National Homeland Security Consortium tri-chair

American Public Works Association (APWA) member Christine Walsh, director of operations for Beloit, Wis., was elected to a one-year term as tri-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium for 2013. Walsh will serve as chair of the Emergency Management Committee and represent public works on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Education Task Force and the Homeland Security Task Force.

Vermeer names leadership team

Vermeer named Jason Andringa president of forage and environmental solutions, and Doug Hundt president of underground and specialty excavation solutions. Andringa and Hundt will co-chair the executive team. Tony Briggs was named vice president of sales and distribution.

Xylem expands dewatering services across Europe

Xylem is expanding its dewatering pump rentals across Europe for the construction, municipal, mining and industrial sectors. A rental branch roll-out is scheduled over the coming years, including refurbishment of existing premises, new locations and selective acquisitions.

SOR launches mobile website

SOR launched a fully optimized website,, that can be accessed with a smartphone or tablet.

ADS opens distribution yard in Ontario

Advanced Drainage Systems opened a product distribution site in Morrisburg, Ontario. ADS has 56 manufacturing plants and 28 stocking service yards worldwide.

USB - Sewer Equipment names sales manager

USB - Sewer Equipment Corp. named Leighton White sales manager for the West Coast. He has 23 years of sales, marketing and management experience within the sewer industry. White will be responsible for sales, service and customer support in California.

Xylem offers water removal, flood control app

A mobile app of the Xylem Dewatering Handbook from Xylem provides users with access to dewatering, water removal and flood control pump product information from the company’s Flygt and Godwin brands. The app is available for download from the iTunes App Store.

Power Zone becomes employee-owned

Power Zone Equipment of Center, Colo., became an employee-owned company with its sale to the Power Zone Equipment Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The pump distributor was founded by Don and Trevor Toews in 1999.

HammerHead hires communications firm

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment named business-to-business public relations firm Ellenbecker Communications its agency of record for all product lines. Ellenbecker will assist HammerHead’s marketing department with new product launches, press events, site and application stories for the trade press and other projects.

Rock Mills’ The Lifter featured on Today in America

The Lifter manhole cover remover from Rock Mills Enterprises was featured on “Improving Efficiencies through Innovative Technologies” as part of the Today in America industry series television show.


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