Industry News - July 2022

Industry News - July 2022

Liberty Pumps building new material handling center

Liberty Pumps announced its new material handling center is under construction and on track to be completed by the end of 2022. The 107,000-square-foot expansion will house both raw and finished component inventory, and allow for more efficient tracking and flow of components to manufacturing. The expansion will also allow for additional manufacturing space in Liberty’s current building when material storage is moved over to the new facility.

Aries expands its network in Kentucky

Aries Industries announced it has added Kentucky-based 502 Equipment to its dealer network.

Based in Louisville, 502 Equipment distributes durable, high-performing brands for pipe cleaning, pipeline rehabilitation and hydroexcavation. The five-year-old dealership’s team serves Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.

Singapore utility contracts with EVS Water

Envirosuite announced its agreement with the Public Utility Board Singapore for its EVA Water Optimizer, the first application globally for EVS Water in the drinking water sector. Envirosuite won the utility’s Global Innovation Challenge in June 2021 for coagulant dosage in water treatment processes from a field of 104 applicants. Since then, Envirosuite has been working closely with PUB to map out the implementation for its current project. The Optimiser will be used to help PUB determine the required coagulant dosage in water treatment processes that will make the process faster, more connected and automated.

SJE acquires Massachusetts-based Horlick Co.

SJE announced it has purchased Randolph, Massachusetts-based Horlick Co., a manufacturer of custom control panels and motor-generator sets for commercial and industrial markets. Horlick will continue to operate out of its current facility in Randolph, marketing under the Horlick brand. Shawn Hennessey, who has managed the day-to-day business for the past 27 years, will continue as director of operations.

Vortex and IMS Robotics Group sign distribution agreement

Vortex Co. and IMS Robotics Group announced that Vortex is the exclusive North and South American distributor of IMS’ mainline UV curing systems and products. The agreement allows Vortex to distribute the Hurricane Trenchless Technologie CityLight UV Curing System, designed for large interceptor sewers or projects with longer pipe segments. Hurricane Trenchless Technologie is an IMS affiliate.

Hyundai announces three new team members

Hyundai Material Handling, North America, announced the hiring of three new team members. Cecil D’Antignac will join the company as district sales manager for the Southeast region. D’Antignac brings over 28 years’ material handling industry experience to Hyundai. Jeffrey Mathews brings over 20 years’ material handling experience in his new role as national accounts manager. With over 20 years’ experience as a professional technician, Jason Taylor will support Hyundai dealers as technical trainer for the brand.

Mueller Systems AMI system selected by Florida utility

Mueller Systems has been selected by Pace Water System in Santa Rosa County, Florida, to deploy a pilot program for its water meter system. The system includes new features that allow customers to control their meters from a mobile phone. The pilot program, already underway, is expected to include 350 customers. Pace Water System provides service to 18,000 customers in Santa Rosa County. 

Milwaukee Tool opens office in Chicago

Milwaukee Tool opened a new office in Chicago. The location will serve as an engineering design and innovation space to accommodate the company’s continued investments in new technology. Over the last decade the company has experienced double-digit growth globally, and the company currently employs more than 10,000 people in the U.S. Chicago’s pool of technical talent is one of many reasons Milwaukee chose to expand to the city.

Inframark names new chief growth officer, announces acquisition

Inframark named Greg Guard as its new chief growth officer. He will be responsible for managing and growing all aspects of Inframark’s business across its four divisions: water infrastructure operations, infrastructure management services, municipal utility districts and SCADA technologies. He will report directly to Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the Board James Devlin.

The company also announced that it has acquired BLTI, a provider of integration solutions for instrumentation and control systems for municipal, commercial and institutional clients. BLTI specializes in large-scale SCADA systems as well as control panels, fire alarms and security systems. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Watson-Marlow changes name

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, part of Spirax-Sarco Engineering, has changed its name to Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions. The name change aligns with a strategic commitment to providing end-to-end fluid management solutions for customers.

APWA board selects new president-elect

The American Public Works Association’s board has selected a new president-elect, long-time active member Keith Pugh. Citing ongoing health issues, previous president-elect Dan Hartman stepped down from his role. Pugh, active with APWA for over 20 years, has served on national committees and has been active in leadership in the North Carolina chapter. He is a client success manager with WithersRavenel in Asheville, North Carolina, and will assume the office of president at the Public Works Expo, scheduled to be held in Charlotte Aug. 28-31.

VMAC named Manufacturing Business of the Year

VMAC was named Manufacturing Business of the Year at the 21st Annual Grant Thornton Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards. VMAC previously has won the Manufacturer of the Year category in 2018 and 2019 and was named Business of the Year in 2020.

120Water winner of EPIC’s Water Data Prize

120Water has been named a winner of the 2022 Water Data Prize awarded by the Environmental Policy Innovation Center, a nonprofit that seeks to spur innovation around lead service line replacement.

120Water was awarded for its lead service line inventory solution that enables utilities to identify and track service line material inventories and avoid expensive digs. 


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