Industry News: March 7, 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: March 7, 2017
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Water-Right hires Erik Koglin as field manager
Water-Right announced that Erik Koglin has been hired as field manager of Clear Choice Water Group, the company’s professional-level dealer group. Koglin has spent his career with the water industry, working for Pentair in product management and as a territory sales manager for the Midwest, where he serviced water treatment OEMS, distributors, and helped dealers grow their businesses.

Komatsu CEO Rod Schrader named to AEM board of directors
Komatsu America announced that CEO Rod Schrader has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry.

Prime Resins acquired by RPM International 
RPM International has acquired Prime Resins to be part of its USL Group. Prime Resins will continue to be led by its founder and president, David Barton.

FS Solutions enters distribution partnership 
FS Solutions announced a distribution partnership with Gerotto Federico S.r.l. of Italy. Under terms of the agreement, the Gerotto Lombrico remote-controlled mini-excavator will be sold and supported by FS Solutions in the U.S., and by Joe Johnson Equipment in Canada.

JLG plans operational changes, facility closures 
JLG Industries announced it has submitted plans for closure to the works council in Belgium for its manufacturing and pre-delivery inspection facilities and to employee representatives in the U.K. for its engineering center there. Manufacturing lines at the company’s Orrville, Ohio, plant will also be shut down. The proposed changes may affect up to 525 employees.

Endress+Hauser installs high-pressure test rig
Endress+Hauser installed a high-pressure test rig at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. The rig allows for testing complete instrument assemblies to customer specifications, and provides a 100 percent test indicating a specific instrument can withstand the design process pressure up to 15,000 psi.

Hydra-Flex welcomes new director of sales
Jonathan Kingsbury has joined Hydra-Flex as its new director of sales. Kingsbury has over 16 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry.

MARS Company launches software solution for water meter testing
MARS Co. announced that it has launched a new version of its M3 Enterprise Software Suite, designed for the waterworks industry. It provides the ability to capture meter-testing data based on individual meter-testing programs.

HD Supply Waterworks relocates Brookfield branch
HD Supply Waterworks has relocated one of its branches in Connecticut. The Brookfield branch is now located in New Milford and is one of three branches in the state.

John Deere employees increase volunteer hours 
In 2016, Deere & Co. employees increased by more than 50 percent the number of volunteer hours they recorded in service to community organizations worldwide, totaling nearly 158,000 hours in the year. During the year, Deere launched its Serving Our Communities initiative, where employees organized volunteer projects to benefit local cities and towns.

McElroy partners with Netafim on HDPE
McElroy and Netafim have joined forces to meet the demand for HDPE pipeline solutions in the irrigation, potable water and natural gas industries.


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