Industry News - October 2019

VMAC sponsors Nanaimo Community Hospice’s 2019 Hike for Hospice event

VMAC supported Nanaimo Community Hospice’s signature fundraising event, Hike for Hospice, with a $2,500 platinum sponsorship and a large team to participate in the walk/run. Nanaimo Community Hospice provides compassionate programs, services and support to all members of the community free of charge. Hike for Hospice is an annual fundraiser, with the 2019 hike being the most successful event in recent years. With approximately 200 participants in attendance, over $40,000 was raised.

Pipe Lining Supply adds a new technical representative and sales 

Pipe Lining Supply promoted Chris Gorum to the position of technical representative and sales serving Texas. He has been with Pipe Lining Supply since 2015 in the warehouse division. Gorum will support Pipe Lining Supply’s customer base with training, advice and sales for CIPP lateral lining and AIPPR pipe coating projects for drain, waste and vent lines in Texas and surrounding areas.

Chris Gorum

Vacuworx International announces new hires and promotions

Vacuworx International announced the promotion of two employees and three new hires as it expands the marketing and strategy teams in support of global growth. Alan Odgers has been promoted to senior vice president of strategy from vice president of marketing. William Bomprezzi was hired as director of business analytics and will focus on making continuous improvements within the organization and supporting global initiatives. Paula Bell was promoted to director of marketing from marketing manager, managing the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated marketing strategies to increase both brand awareness and sales revenue. Vacuworx has also hired Brandon Martin and Denise Warner as marketing coordinators.

Denise Warner
Alan Odgers
William Bomprezzi
Paula Bell
Brandon Martin

AIMS Cos. acquires Southern Hydro Vac

AIMS Cos. announced it acquired Southern Hydro Vac, a soft-dig hydroexcavation company in Georgia. The company will do business as Southern Hydro Vac under the AIMS umbrella. All 50 Southern Hydro Vac employees will work with the combined organization moving forward. AIMS now employs over 500 professionals nationwide and is averaging two new regional locations per year with additional growth plans.

McElroy revels in 50 years of fusion

McElroy announced it is celebrating its 50th year as a manufacturer of thermoplastic pipe fusion machines. The 65-year-old company found its niche in the thermoplastic world when, in 1969, Phillips DriscoPipe asked company founder Art McElroy to design a 2-inch prototype for their high-density polyethylene pipe product. After spending the majority of time in outdoor, underground construction, the company started fusing polypropylene pipe for plumbing and mechanical systems in 2014.

New Jetstream website offers a more intuitive experience

Jetstream of Houston announced it launched a new website. Featuring a fresh design and improved navigation for information on products and services, the site offers visitors a more intuitive digital site experience to better serve industrial cleaning customers with its waterblasting solutions. The new website gives visitors easier access to information on products, services, solutions and resources, and the site platform is easier to maintain and manage.

Sauereisen receives its second E Star Award

Sauereisen was awarded its second President’s E Star Award for Exports, the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Honors were presented to Sauereisen and 47 other companies by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May. Sauereisen is one of only four companies to receive a second President’s E Star Award for Exports in the history of the program.

Newterra acquires StormwateRx

Newterra announced it has expanded its footprint by acquiring StormwateRx, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. StormwateRx designs, manufactures, installs and maintains stormwater treatment systems including Clara, Aquip, Purus and Zinc-B-Gone products.

Vac-Con welcomes new Michigan dealership

Vac-Con announced that it has added Lakeshore Municipal Equipment to its dealer network. Lakeshore Municipal Equipment is a family-owned company located in Holland, Michigan. It is the primary Vac-Con dealership for the state of Michigan and will support all functions including sales, service and parts.

Mueller Water Products opens new Echologics location

Mueller Water Products announced the opening of its new Echologics office in Toronto. The facility serves as a Mueller Engineering Center of Excellence, focusing on the development of Echologics leak detection and condition assessment technologies for water mains. The 20,000-square-foot facility has over 60 employees with room to grow in both the office and warehouse.


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