Industry News: September 2019

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.

VMAC sponsors Nanaimo Community Hospice’s 2019 Hike for Hospice event
VMAC supported Nanaimo Community Hospice’s signature fundraising event, Hike for Hospice, with a $2,500 platinum sponsorship and a large team to participate in the walk/run. Nanaimo Community Hospice provides compassionate programs, services and support to all members of the community free of charge. Hike for Hospice is an annual fundraiser, with the 2019 hike being the most successful event in recent years. With approximately 200 participants in attendance, over $40,000 was raised.

McElroy revels in 50 years of fusion 
McElroy announced it is celebrating its 50th year as a manufacturer of thermoplastic pipe fusion machines. The 65-year-old company found its niche in the thermoplastic world when, in 1969, Phillips DriscoPipe asked company founder Art McElroy to design a 2-inch prototype for their high-density polyethylene pipe product. After spending the majority of time in outdoor, underground construction, the company started fusing polypropylene pipe for plumbing and mechanical systems in 2014.

New Jetstream website offers a more intuitive experience 
Jetstream of Houston announced it launched a new website. Featuring a fresh design and improved navigation for information on products and services, the site offers visitors a more intuitive digital site experience to better serve industrial cleaning customers with its waterblasting solutions. The new website gives visitors easier access to information on products, services, solutions and resources, and the site platform is easier to maintain and manage.

Sauereisen receives its second E Star Award 
Sauereisen was awarded its second President’s E Star Award for Exports, the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Honors were presented to Sauereisen and 47 other companies by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May. Sauereisen is one of only four companies to receive a second President’s E Star Award for Exports in the history of the program.

Newterra acquires StormwateRx
Newterra announced it has expanded its footprint by acquiring StormwateRx, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. StormwateRx designs, manufactures, installs and maintains stormwater treatment systems including Clara, Aquip, Purus and Zinc-B-Gone products.

Vac-Con welcomes new Michigan dealership
Vac-Con announced that it has added Lakeshore Municipal Equipment to its dealer network. Lakeshore Municipal Equipment is a family-owned company located in Holland, Michigan. It is the primary Vac-Con dealership for the state of Michigan and will support all functions including sales, service and parts.

Mueller Water Products opens new Echologics location
Mueller Water Products announced the opening of its new Echologics office in Toronto. The facility serves as a Mueller Engineering Center of Excellence, focusing on the development of Echologics leak detection and condition assessment technologies for water mains. The 20,000-square-foot facility has over 60 employees with room to grow in both the office and warehouse.


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