Industry News - July 2020

Industry News - July 2020

Pipe Lining Supply adds new technical representative

Pipe Lining Supply hired Steve Maszczak for the technical representative position serving the Northeastern U.S. He brings more than 10 years of CIPP experience to Pipe Lining Supply. He started as a CIPP technician, moved to foreman and worked in sales and project management for the past seven years. Maszczak will support the company’s customer base with training, advice and sales for CIPP lateral lining and AIPPR pipe coating projects for drain, waste and vent in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

InfoSense receives Privacy Shield certification

InfoSense has been certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Union under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Companies self-certified through the Privacy Shield Framework are committing to General Data Protection Regulation data transfer requirements, ensuring data protection obligations for European Union customers. The framework is administered by the International Trade Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Komatsu rebrands company-owned distributors

To better support customers and leverage the power of its wholly owned network, Komatsu has created a new structure in North America to strengthen the growth of company-owned distributor branches. A new corporate unit within Komatsu has been created, effective immediately; all company-owned distributor locations will be branded Komatsu to reflect their inclusion in the company’s global footprint. With the alignment of these larger groups of premiere distributors, customers will have access to additional equipment and parts inventory, as well as greater service and support resources. Trade territory for the renamed branches remains the same, as do all equipment lines and services provided.

Keithe Merl
Ed Kocurek
Martin Dana

HOBAS Pipe USA personnel announcements

HOBAS Pipe USA made a few personnel announcements. Edward “Ed” Kocurek is stepping down as president and CEO. Kocurek had served the company for nearly 34 years in a variety of roles. He has presided as president and CEO of HOBAS Pipe USA for the past 20 years. Martin W. Dana, who joined the HOBAS Pipe management team as vice president of sales in January 2018, has been promoted to the position of president and CEO, effective April 1.

The company also announced Keithe J. Merl, P.E., as the newest member of the HOBAS Pipe USA sales team. He will serve the Northeast U.S., including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island. He is a professional geoengineer with more than 20 years’ experience serving clients in the private, public and municipal sectors in the Northeastern U.S. Merl replaces John Mele, who has been promoted to the newly created position of national business development manager for HOBAS Pipe USA.

Bob Negley
Phanni Peddi

Anue Water Technologies hires new sales manager, technical staff

Anue Water Technologies has hired Bob Negley as sales manager. He will be responsible for commercial affairs, working with channel partners to place the company’s products. He brings 34 years of water treatment industry experience, including 12 years in industrial and commercial boiler, cooling, odor control and wastewater applications and 14 years in chemical applications for scale inhibition in water treatment, oil field, and pulp and paper.

Anue also announced the addition of Phani Peddi as technical services manager and Avantika as applications engineer. Both will provide day-to-day technical assistance to channel partners and end-user customers.

Capriotti appointed as director of sales and marketing for Griffco Valve

Griffco Valve announced the appointment of Donelle Capriotti to the position of director of sales and marketing. She will be responsible for expanding the company’s distributor network, improving working relations with channel partners, and managing marketing and advertising programs. Capriotti joins the company from Wanner Engineering, where she served as director of business development. She previously held positions as a regional sales manager for Viking Pump, business development manager for ProMinent Pumps and general manager for Durameter Pump.

Generac Power Systems names new industrial dealer

Generac Power Systems announced that Bud Griffin and Associates will represent Generac as a new distributor. BGA will represent Generac Industrial Power as an exclusive dealer in Arizona, southern New Mexico and the El Paso region of Texas. BGA is one of only 30 such distributors throughout North America.

ACPA announces new vice president of marketing

The American Concrete Pipe Association announced Michael Kremer as vice president of marketing, a newly created position to advance the association’s efforts to meet the critical need for resilient and sustainable infrastructure in the U.S. In this new role, Kremer will lead the development and implementation of the organization’s marketing strategy, messaging and materials that support the association’s strategic mission and industry objectives.


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