Industry News - July 2014

Industry News - July 2014
Val-Matic completes research facility

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Val-Matic completes research facility

Val-Matic completed construction of its 7,000-square-foot research and development facility in Addison, Ill. The plant includes a materials lab for testing elastomers and metals and a flow lab for performing check valve and water flow tests. The facility also includes room for hands-on training.

Hino Trucks names vice president

Hino Trucks named George Daniels senior vice president of sales and customer service. He had served as Hino Trucks’ vice president of service operations.

Reed Manufacturing redesigns website

Reed Manufacturing Co.’s redesigned website,, includes tool training videos, new products, promotions and a distributor locator.

Optronics releases vehicle lighting catalog

Optronics International released its 2014 lighting product catalog. Available for download from the company’s website,, the catalog includes 523 new products.

United Rentals completes National Pump acquisition

United Rentals completed the acquisition of National Pump, including 37 branch facilities in the United States and Canada. The $780 million purchase price included $765 million in cash and approximately $15 million in stock.

AEM, Ditch Witch produce vacuum excavator safety video

Ditch Witch, a member of AEM’s (Association of Equipment Manufacturers) Underground Equipment Manufacturers Council (UEMC), collaborated on the production of a vacuum excavator safety video. Available through the AEM Store, the video promotes best practices in the operation of vacuum excavation equipment, as well as how to protect underground utilities from damage.

ESCO sells Aclara Technologies

ESCO Technologies sold Aclara Technologies to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners for approximately $130 million. Net cash proceeds are estimated to be $130 million after taxes and expenses.

Sauereisen names technical service specialist

Sauereisen, manufacturer of corrosion-resistant materials, named Brian Wagner technical service specialist.

NexTraq named TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company

NexTraq, a leading GPS fleet and asset tracking company, was named by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies. The award recognizes Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact and efforts at spreading awareness of the state’s technology initiatives.

SubSurface joins Sprayroq network

SubSurface of Moorhead, Minn., joined the Sprayroq Certified Partner Network and will provide spray-applied polyurethane for infrastructure rehabilitation in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

HOBAS recertified to ISO 9001, 14001

HOBAS Pipe USA was recertified in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001. The certificates verify the establishment and application of quality (9001) and environmental (14001) management systems for development, production, sales and customer service of centrifugally cast fiberglass-reinforced polymer mortar (CCFRPM) pipes.


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