Industry News: Feb. 13, 2017

Here's a quick roundup of recent industry news. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more.
Industry News: Feb. 13, 2017
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The Strong Co. announces new appointments
Mike Kappler was named national sales manager for the Strong-Seal System for infrastructure rehabilitation. Emily Lanier was named marketing coordinator and sales representative. She will coordinate all company marketing efforts and serve as a sales representative for infrastructure rehabilitation products. Laurel Maranto was named national sales representative and will have sales and product management responsibilities for Strong-Seal’s family of products. Jenny Beck was named national sales representative and her primary responsibility will be for the company’s lightweight concrete products, in addition to the Strong-Seal product line.

Rausch announces new distributor
Rausch Electronics announced Peirce-Eagle Equipment of Branchburg, New Jersey, as the newest addition to its list of authorized distributors. Peirce-Eagle will provide Rausch Electronics equipment, service and parts to the municipal sales market.

Itron recognized as a leader for Meter Data Management products
Itron has been named to the leaders quadrant in Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management for the fourth consecutive year. Itron’s Enterprise Edition MDM is in production at 76 utility companies with more than 38 million cumulative meters.

AWWA Board of Directors selects David Rager of Cincinnati as next president-elect
The American Water Works Association selected David Rager as the association’s next president-elect during its annual winter meeting. An AWWA member for almost 15 years, Rager is the principal of Rager Management Consulting. He will serve his one-year presidential term beginning in June 2018.

Aclara acquires Smart Grid Solutions division
Aclara Technologies acquired the Smart Grid Solutions division of Apex CoVantage. The transaction includes the ProField mobile workforce management technology used for smart grid demographics and the Smart Grid Professional Services business made up of utility field services and consulting.

Companies partner for annual operator grout training in Florida
Avanti International, CUES Inc. and Logiball Inc. are partnering for their annual two-day operator grout training in Orlando, Florida, on March 8-9. Classes will offer hands-on skills for grouting mains, laterals and manholes in wastewater and stormwater structures. PDH credits are available. For more information, call 561/314-9179 or visit


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