Industry News - December 2021

Construction starts on Stantec-designed project  in Los Angeles

As part of a comprehensive effort to improve the water quality in the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Seco, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will break ground on the $13 million Low Flow Diversion Project. The project, led by global design firm Stantec’s Pasadena office, in collaboration with Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering and Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment, will provide new infrastructure to remove dry-weather flows from five subwatersheds to the LA River and Arroyo Seco.

Grundfos to acquire Mechanical Equipment Co.

Grundfos entered into an agreement to acquire Mechanical Equipment Co. The U.S.-based MECO has manufacturing and sales offices in the U.S. as well as international offices in Singapore and Ireland. When completed, the transaction will represent the second since November 2020, when Grundfos acquired EUROWATER, a supplier of decentralized water treatment equipment and solutions in Europe.

Stan Brown assumes APWA presidency

The American Public Works Association announced that Stan Brown, member services consultant with the Georgia Municipal Association, was sworn in as president of APWA effective Sept 1. He succeeds APWA President Mary Joyce Ivers.

Orange County Water District receives AAEES Award

The Orange County Water District was named an American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists 2021 Award winner in its annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science competition, for launching the nation’s largest PFAS pilot testing program. OCWD received an Honors Award in the research category for advancing state of the art environmental engineering or science practices.

 In December 2019, OCWD accelerated efforts to address PFAS, launching a pilot project to test 14 different types of treatment media, including granular activated carbon, ion exchange and novel alternative adsorbents, with the goal of identifying reliable and cost-effective solutions to remove PFAS from water. Now in its second phase, the project is testing additional adsorbents just emerging into the marketplace.

HazTek welcomes Pete McEvoy to its team

HazTek announced that Pete McEvoy joined the HazTek consulting team as a solutions consultant. He will be working out of HazTek’s corporate office in Medford, New Jersey, and will be servicing clients nationwide as part of HazTek’s new safety solutions team. McEvoy has been involved with construction and facility maintenance for nearly 20 years as a business owner, safety professional and solutions consultant.

Vermeer and Conmeq announce distribution agreement

Vermeer entered into a distribution agreement with Conmeq Construction Equipment and Machinery B.V., to supply Conmeq-branded electric mini skid steer loaders to be sold, serviced and supported through Vermeer industrial dealers in Europe. Based in Budel, Netherlands, Conmeq manufactures a fully electric, rubber-tired mini skid-steer model, the AS15, with a 1,102-pound lifting capacity.

Vortex hires Jaclyn Herrera as CMO

Vortex hired Jaclyn Herrera to fill the newly created position of chief marketing officer to drive the company’s global marketing efforts. Herrera spent the first half of her 19-year career working at two Houston-based marketing agencies. In 2010, she was hired by The Weir Group’s Oil and Gas Division to lead its global marketing and branding efforts. Over the course of 10 years, Herrera had multiple roles, including overseeing the company’s marketing communications, branding, wellhead business development and sales programs. She also led the Artificial Lift product line and led operations for the North America Wellhead manufacturing plant.

Tnemec acquires Epoxytec

Kansas City, Missouri-based Tnemec announced it has acquired Epoxytec International, which was established in 1990 by Joe Caputi. Originally an independent distributor for a specialty coatings company, Caputi eventually parted ways to form Epoxytec. In 2001, his son Michael Caputi joined the business helping expand Epoxytec to offer services worldwide from its headquarters in Hollywood, Florida.

In a press release announcing the acquisition, Michael Caputi says, “I am proud of the business my father built that has led us to where we are today, and it’s a model we intend to keep. We are excited to join another family-owned business where we can continue to put customer service and quality at the forefront of everything we do, as we have done for the last 30 years.”

Perma-Liner named exclusive distributor  of GP Sewer Cam

Waterline Renewal Technologies, a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, announced that Perma-Liner Industries is now an exclusive distributor of GP Sewer Cam, a tool for high-definition diagnosis, verification and documentation of pipeline rehabilitation projects. The GP Sewer Cam allows operators to turn a jetter into a sewer camera by attaching the proprietary adapter to a jetter hose. 


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