Industry News - August 2013

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SJE-Rhombus names sales representative

SJE-Rhombus named Northeast Sales Associates to represent its product line in Upstate New York. NESA’s sales team includes six outside representatives, two inside sales/service associates, a quotation manager and an office manager.

RapidView introduces GET FIT program, offers SeptemberFest training seminar

RapidView IBAK North America is sponsoring sprint triathlons, half-marathons, half-century cycling rides and 5K running events as part of its industry-wide GET FIT with RapidView Summer Program. Designed to promote exercise and a healthier lifestyle, participants can register at www.rapidview/getfit, share their fitness goals and receive a pedometer to track their progress. RapidView also will host its biannual SeptemberFest open house, Sept. 11-12, at its Rochester, Ind., headquarters. The open house will include hands-on maintenance and repair classes, PACP/MACP certification training, product demonstrations and new technology seminars. To register, call 800/656-4225 or visit

Grundfos breaks ground on North American headquarters

Denmark-based pump manufacturer Grundfos broke ground on its North American headquarters building in Downers Grove, Ill. Pursuing LEED Silver certification for the site, the facility will feature low-flow water fixtures, Energy Star-approved office appliances, heating, ventilation and air conditioning free of chlorofluorocarbon-based refrigerants. Up to 75 percent of construction waste will be diverted to recycling facilities, with office furniture, carpet and ceiling tiles featuring at least 20 percent recycled materials.

Hamilton Kent celebrates 70 years of sealing connections

Hamilton Kent, founded in 1943 in Kent, Ohio, as a manufacturer of components for the war effort, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Operating out of Toronto, Ontario, and Winchester, Tenn., Hamilton Kent manufactures gaskets, connectors and other sealing components for underground municipal infrastructure.

Johnson Matthey names distributor

Johnson Matthey’s Stationary Emissions Control (SEC) group named RES Energy Solutions of Houston, Texas, as a distributor of its emissions control products for stationary diesel and gasoline engines, including Modulex catalytic converters, SCR systems and oxidation catalysts.

Pipe Restoration Services receives award, named company of month

Pipe Restoration Services, a joint venture between Morrison Utility Services and U.S.-based Pipe Restoration Technologies, was named a UK Energy Innovation Award winner in the Best Innovation Implemented or Adopted by a Contractor category. The award was presented to PRS for adapting ePIPE, a technology initially introduced in the UK to eliminate lead and leaks in water and now being developed to extend asset life for gas riser systems. PRS also was selected Company of the Month by Buildings and Facilities News.

Aquatherm releases new logo, product lines

Aquatherm GmbH and its North American partner, Aquatherm North America, released a refreshed logo and new product lines. The German-based pipe manufacturer and supplier of polypropylene-random piping system offers seven major product lines, with five available in North America. For the sake of unity and clarity, the Aquatherm product lines will be identified using a color-coded convention, originally tested in the U.S. market when Aquatherm’s original piping product, Fusiotherm, was renamed Aquatherm Greenpipe. With the new naming, Aquatherm Greenpipe will become Aquatherm Green Pipe and Climatherm will become Aquatherm Blue Pipe. Aquatherm Lilac Pipe will remain unchanged.

Vacuum Truck Rentals adds Sewer Equipment models

Vacuum Truck Rentals added the Sewer Equipment Co. of America models 800 HPR ECO truck jet and 747-FR2000 ECO trailer jet to its rental fleet. Vacuum Truck Rentals has locations in Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina and Texas. It offers lease and rent-to-own options for the municipal and industrial markets.

MTech launches website

MTech launched its upgraded website, The new site is designed to make scrolling and navigation of product photos and categories easier.

Thompson Pumps holds Pumpology School

Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. held its 23rd annual Pumpology School in April at its corporate facilities in Port Orange, Fla. A total of 55 attendees from 15 states and seven foreign countries took part in the three-day workshop that included training sessions for sales and service professionals.

Ditch Witch presents sales, service awards

Ditch Witch presented Detlef Kaiser of German-based Tramann+ Sohn with the 2012 Lowell Highfill Award, the organization’s highest recognition for sales performance, and awarded Brent Zerr of Ditch Witch of Oklahoma with the Gold Ace Award for highest worldwide sales volume. Ditch Witch also awarded Josh Kennedy of Ditch Witch of Oklahoma with the Harold Chestnut Award, its highest recognition for service, and awarded Jeff Lone of Ditch Witch Midwest with its 2012 Service Manager of the Year award.

HammerHead receives innovative product award

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment’s 34-inch ramming hammer received the Joseph L. Abbott Jr. Innovative Product Award at the North American Society for Trenchless Technology Annual No-Dig Show.

T-Rex adds 35th hydroexcavation truck to fleet

T-Rex Hydro Excavation and Industrial Vacuum Services of Houston, Texas, added a 35th hydroexcavator to its fleet, with plans to add 14 more GapVax HV-55 hydroexcavators and 40 employees by year’s end. T-Rex provides non-destructive hydro and air excavation services through four offices in Texas, serving a growing number of projects from shale oil exploration and pipeline construction in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin areas.

Hanson Pipe plant surpasses 1 million injury-free hours

Hanson Pipe & Precast’s Cambridge, Ontario, plant surpassed one million hours without a lost-time injury over a seven-year period. The 43-acre facility and its 100 employees manufactures precast concrete structural products, including concrete box culverts, reinforced concrete pipe, maintenance holes and catch basins.


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