Industry News: September 2018

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.

GSSI announces new technical applications specialist
Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. (GSSI) announced Brett Caldwell has joined the team in the position of technical applications specialist supporting the geophysical, geotechnical, environmental and academic markets. After serving in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division Core Air Defense Element as an assistant operations sergeant, Caldwell worked in a variety of customer-facing positions, including sales, coaching, and management positions in the automotive and athletic apparel industries. Caldwell then studied geology at Towson University before beginning his work for Penhall Technologies, first as a ground-penetrating radar analyst and then as a field supervisor, in which he managed all aspects of GPR activities for Penhall Technologies in the Central U.S. region.

Wastequip chief financial officer honored as CFO of the Year
Wastequip announced that Steve Klueg was awarded the 2018 CFO of the Year in the midsized private company category by the Charlotte Business Journal. The award highlights Klueg’s role in significantly improving the company’s financial position, culminating in its recent successful acquisition by H.I.G. Capital. Nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of judges, facilitated by researchers from Wake Forest University, who selected the finalists and winners of each category based on a variety of factors, including accomplishments, civic involvement, leadership, and contributions to corporate success.

RIDGID announces new marketing director of underground technologies
Tim Dunphy was named marketing director of underground technologies for RIDGID. In this role, Dunphy will manage new product development, partner relations, and new business opportunities for the RIDGID line of diagnostics, inspection, locating, and drain cleaning products. He has over 20 years’ experience in consumer-packaged goods and durables marketing, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Florida.

EPIPE names Jason Houck as national sales director
EPIPE announced Jason Houck as its new national sales director. He will oversee all sales facets of the organization, working closely with the residential and commercial business development teams, ACE DuraFlo licensing and LeadSmart sales departments. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, he started in business development in Arizona and gained valuable experience on the operational side before moving into sales management positions in Florida and Southern California.

Jason Worley joins Felling Trailers as sales manager
Felling Trailers hired Jason Worley as the new regional sales manager for the Southeast. In this role, he will be responsible for all sales development, activity, and dealer support within Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Worley brings several years’ experience in the underground horizontal directional drilling equipment and environmental products industry where he held the role of a territory manager.

Utilis opens doors to San Diego office
Utilis Corp. officially opened its new U.S.-based subsidiary, Utilis Inc., in San Diego. An event was held in August where guests moved between five stations covering a short presentation about the company’s history and mission, an overview of its patented technology, previous case studies in the U.S., and debuting an upcoming pilot project for the city of San Diego.


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