Industry News - March 2023

NLB opens branch in United Kingdom

NLB opened a dedicated branch facility in the United Kingdom on Dec. 1. The company’s new Darlington, England-based facility, and its abundance of available transport links, is well-located to serve NLB customers throughout the UK. With close to 25,000 square feet of workshop, office and yard space, the branch will house a range of NLB pump units for quick sale or rental, an increased inventory of accessories, and spare parts with room to conduct water jet demonstrations and customer training sessions. Large roll-up garage doors will make it easy for customers to bring units in for service support. The move from a shared location to a dedicated facility, with more space and increased staffing, will help NLB respond more quickly to European demand, reduce service times and give customers’ personnel access to U.K.-based training.

Cindy Paulson joins board of directors of Axius Water

Axius Water, a portfolio of businesses focused on improving the effectiveness of the treatment processes to remove nutrients in industrial and municipal applications, announced in December that Cindy Paulson has joined the Axius Water board of directors. Paulson spent 35 years with Brown and Caldwell where she helped grow and diversify technical practices, advancing research and innovation, treatability testing, talent development and quality delivery programs. In 2017, she became the company’s first chief technical officer. Paulson also spent 10 years as the executive director for the California Urban Water Agencies, collaborating directly with the general managers of the 11 largest water agencies in the state.

EPIC releases new report to guide replacement of lead pipes

The Environmental Policy Innovation Center released a new report, From the Ground Up: A Guide to Replacing the Nation’s Toxic Lead Pipes Over the Next Decade, to highlight best practices for municipalities, communities and policymakers on replacing lead pipes quickly, efficiently and equitably over the next decade.

The report can be accessed at The report draws from EPIC’s Lead Free Water Challenge and work with Blue Conduit, Center for Geospatial Solutions, WaterPIO and other partners to help small and medium-sized municipalities replace lead pipes, including Chelsea, Massachusetts; Hazel Crest, Illinois; and Newburgh, New York.

McElroy names new Scandinavian distributor

McElroy announced the addition of a new distributor to sell and service fusion machinery in Scandinavia.

Bluegreen Technologies is a Stathelle, Norway-based company with a focus toward environmentally friendly solutions in aquaculture, environmental technology and traditional infrastructure. Bluegreen joins an extensive list of McElroy distributors around the globe that supply McElroy’s thermoplastic butt fusion equipment.

Super Products celebrates its 50th anniversary 

Super Products celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Over the past 50 years, Super Products has grown from a small manufacturing company to a nationally recognized supplier of vacuum trucks. Super Products was founded at the end of 1972 by Lionel Moore, Charles O’Bryan and Tom Flynn. The company’s first Supersucker industrial vacuum loader was manufactured in 1973, followed by the Camel combination sewer cleaner in 1976. In 1981, Super Products was sold to Inductotherm, followed by Specialized Industries LP in 2005, before being acquired by Alamo Group in 2014. Today, the company produces five different vacuum truck product lines and employs over 180 people across the country. Super Products is headquartered in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, and has a broad network of sales representatives supporting contractors, dealers supporting municipalities and, after expanding into the rental market in 2011, nine rental facilities supporting short- and long-term rentals, parts and service.

2023 grout school dates announced

Avanti Grout, CUES and Logiball are partnering for their annual two-day Municipal Sewer Grout School in Tavares, Florida. An emphasis will be placed on grouting, grouting safety, operating the equipment, testing and troubleshooting equipment, making sure the chemical grout mix has the right mixture and determining how much grout is used per joint or lateral. The classes are suitable for all experience levels. The school will present technical information on lateral and mainline test and seal packer operation and maintenance, mixing and optimizing AV-100 acrylamide grout performance, review and demonstration of new NASSCO/ICGA grout specifications, live infiltration and grout sealing demos, and new grout testing and monitoring information and methods. To register, go to


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