Industry News: November 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.

COXREELS exceeds recommended salt spray testing hours
COXREELS announced that they recently exceeded 20 percent more hours than the industry recommended standard for salt spray testing. The independent lab test measured the corrosion and UV resistance of COXREELS’ powder-coated materials, and results indicated the products ranked in the top tier of the grading system for both.

Envirosight releases guide to grant applications
Envirosight released a resource for wastewater operators to learn the basics of the grant application process, from determining eligibility to evaluations. It also goes through the components of a grant application and how to produce them. It is a companion piece to Envirosight’s Guide to Municipal Grants. The guide can be downloaded for free at

CUES launches redesigned website
CUES announced it launched a newly designed website, featuring a new look and feel with less text and more imagery. Streamlined menus and simplified navigation make it easier to use, and it has a responsive layout for all platforms, including smartphones and tablets.

WinCan receives NASSCO certifications
WinCan was awarded PACP 7.0 and LACP 7.0 certification. Presented by the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, it certifies that the company’s software has been tested for version 7.0 of the relevant data dictionaries and contains and properly implements codes for both the Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program and the Lateral Assessment and Certification Program. The certification ensures that sewer inspection reports created within WinCan VX may be exported to version 7.0 of the NASSCO Standard Database.

Tornado Global Hydrovacs announces strategic alliances
Tornado Global Hydrovacs announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Tornado China entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Anhui Jianghuai Yangtian Automobile to manufacture Tornado’s lineup of hydrovac trucks. The trucks are customized to satisfy all the Chinese regulatory requirements for sale and operation in China.
Tornado also announced that Tornado China executed a strategic partnership agreement with Daqing Hoatian Xinda Technology for an initial term of one year to assist Tornado China with developing a client base in the excavation market in Heilongjiang province.

SJE-Rhombus launches new websites
SJE-Rhombus launched four new websites as part of the company’s rebranding efforts. Existing sites for, and received a redesign, while an additional corporate site was created for SJE-Rhombus at This new site contains all corporate information, such as history, ESOP, leadership and career opportunities.

Valley Industries names new Comet product manager
Pete Gustin was named Valley Industries’ new Comet product manager. He will be responsible for managing sales and product development for Comet pumps and accessories in North America. Gustin started working with Comet pumps in 1995 while working for his family’s business, UNICO Spray Products Corp. UNICO merged with Valley Industries in 2010, and provided the support for Gustin to expand Comet diaphragm pumps into new industrial applications such as carpet cleaning, softwash and liquid rubber.

InfoSense named a Fast50 Awards winner
The Charlotte Business Journal named InfoSense as a 2018 Fast50 Awards winner, making it a four-time recipient of the award given to the 50 fastest-growing private companies in the Charlotte, North Carolina region.

PHCC names International Code Council as newest partner
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association announced a new corporate partnership with the International Code Council. Through this alliance, PHCC members will have increased access to I-Codes books and training, potentially through the PHCC associations.

Ranger Design celebrates 30th anniversary in 2018
Ranger Design announced 2018 is the company’s 30th anniversary. Originally started in founder Randal and Derek Cowie’s small garage, the company now has over 300 distributors for its van shelving, ladder racks, drawers and bins, bottle holders and other van accessories.

Komatsu announces plans for new customer support and service center
Komatsu Equipment Company announced plans to build a 189,000-square-foot service center on 30 acres in Elko, Nevada. The new building is planned to include: a six-bay, full service construction equipment and mechanical rebuild shop; a heavy welding and fabricating shop, large enough for rebuild and manufacturing of large shovel and truck structures and manufacturing of truck bodies; a heavy machine shop with large, horizontal milling and boring machines, plus vertical lathe capability; and a construction equipment and rental machine yard. It is planned for completion in early 2020 and will combine the staff and functions of three existing buildings.

Co-owners Brenda Jennissen and Bonnie Radjenovich stand with bid winners Jon and Laurie Stein of Centre Dairy Equipment & Supply Inc.
Co-owners Brenda Jennissen and Bonnie Radjenovich stand with bid winners Jon and Laurie Stein of Centre Dairy Equipment & Supply Inc.

Felling Trailers holds sixth annual Trailer for a Cause Auction
Felling Trailers held its sixth annual online acution of an FT-3 drop-deck utility trailer to benefit a nonprofit organization. This year’s Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance was the chosen organization for this year’s auction. The winning bid of $3,400 was placed by Jon Stein, owner of Centre Dairy Equipment and Supply in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Stein’s wife Laurie is an ovarian cancer survivor.

GPS Insight announces new CEO and excutive promotions 
GPS Insight announced the promotion of Gary Fitzgerald to CEO. Former CEO and founder Rob Donat will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Wayne Holder, the company’s controller, moves to the chief financial officer role and Jason Walker, vice president of sales, becomes chief revenue officer. Fitzgerald joined the company in November 2016 from GE, where he served as an enterprise architect for 10 years. He served as vice president of technology for almost two years and led the company’s product development efforts, technical teams and security practice.

Utilicor Technologies welcomes new manager of field operations
Utilicor Technologies announced the appointment of Jody Robles as the company’s manager of field operations. He will be responsible for working with the network of Ditch Witch dealers to provide sales teams and service technicians with enhanced product knowledge on keyhole coring technology.


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