Industry News: November 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.

SmartCover Systems expands headquarters in California
On Nov. 1, SmartCover Systems hosted a private celebration of its new U.S. headquarters, marking growth and expansion across North America. The facility is located in Escondido, California. SmartCover Systems serves more than 400 wastewater utilities with nearly 5,000 installations across North America. The company has multiple locations, including offices in Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Canada.

Waterline Renewal Technologies participates at WEFTEC
Waterline Renewal Technologies participated at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago. Throughout the exhibition, WRT and its core brands — AP/M Permaform, CentriPipe, ConShield Technologies, LMK Technologies and Perma-Liner Industries — used live presentations to showcase the innovative trenchless technology of its core brands while also highlighting case studies and new products.

CUES opens new service center in Oregon
CUES announced the grand opening of its new, larger sales and service center in Estacada, Oregon, just outside of Portland. The factory-certified center will provide CUES customers with direct access to all levels of customer service, loaner equipment support and new equipment sales. The new location features over 6,000 square feet of offices, inventory, shop and service space.

Stephen Johns
Stephen Johns

Under Pressure Systems names business development director
Stephen Johns has been appointed the director of business development at Under Pressure Systems. In addition to leading the sales and marketing teams, his primary focus will be expanding the market share into the high-pressure industrial industries. Before joining the company, Johns worked as the director of sales and business development for CRP Industrial and for Nudraulix, where he supported multiple product lines. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Auburn University.

NASSCO announces new technical advisory council
With the transition of Lynn Osborn, NASSCO technical director, into his new role as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute, NASSCO has formed a technical advisory council. Announced at NASSCO’s semiannual membership meeting in September, the council is comprised of five industry leaders, all representing different backgrounds and areas of expertise. The members are Christopher Garrett, P.E., vice president of Brown and Caldwell; Chris Macey, P.E., America’s practice leader for condition assessment and rehabilitation at AECOM Canada; Lynn Osborn, P.E., owner of LEO Consulting; Kaleel Rahaim, currently pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering; and Jerry Weimer, owner of Jerry Weimer Consulting.

Shannon Lessner
Shannon Lessner

Reed adds Lessner as regional manager for Midwest

Reed welcomed Shannon Lessner as its new regional manager for the Midwest markets. She will serve key accounts, work with manufacturers’ reps and focus on developing new business. Before joining Reed, Lessner worked at Werner, Spectrum Brands, and Fiskars and Gerber. She brings a background in strong customer partnerships, rep agency management, plus strategic vision to drive successful sales and marketing programs with the Reed distributor network.


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