Industry News: January 2021

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.

Mark Grabowski
Mark Grabowski

ITpipes welcomes new business development manager
Mark Grabowski has joined ITpipes as business development manager. As business development manager, he will oversee enhancing the customer experience, improving relationship marketing and managing the overall brand and marketing activities for the firm’s inspection software platform.

Mike Grieco
Mike Grieco

Grand opening of Renegade Equipment, Sales and Consulting
Mike Grieco announced the opening of his new business, Renegade Equipment, Sales and Consulting, based in Longmont, Colorado. The company is a specialized construction equipment, sales and rental-based company committed to servicing the needs of buyers and sellers throughout the process of acquiring or selling specialized equipment.

SAERTEX celebrates groundbreaking on new facility
SAERTEX multiCom held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction of its new 113,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Huntersville, North Carolina. The company has been operating in Huntersville since 2009. The new facility will allow the company to expand production capacity and add resin impregnation capability, something that had previously been outsourced. SAERTEX multiCom will retain 34 existing positions and add 45 new jobs over the next five years.

Brown and Caldwell hires new Pittsburgh leader
Brown and Caldwell welcomed Heather Dodson as its new Pittsburgh leader. With 17 years’ experience in water, wastewater and stormwater management design and permitting, land development and municipal engineering, Dodson will be responsible for operations management, providing client service and expanding Brown and Caldwell’s regional presence and talent pool to meet market needs.

120Water and PUR Community join forces on water programs
120Water, a digital water platform in use at more than 180,000 sample sites across the nation, has joined forces with PUR Community, a new municipality initiative created by PUR, a Helen of Troy brand, to simplify point-of-use drinking water programs for utilities, municipalities and facilities, including lead remediation programs. With this partnership, 120Water can offer PUR pitcher and filter kits as part of its digital water platform to manage and modernize complex water programs and to help stay compliant with EPA regulations, including the upcoming revised Lead and Copper Rule.

Centrisys/CNP introduces new name for AirPrex
Midwest-based Centrisys/CNP has introduced a new name for one of the company’s nutrient recovery technologies, previously called AirPrex, which will now be called MagPrex in North American markets.

Anue Water names J.H. Wright as exclusive channel partner
Anue Water Technologies announced that J.H. Wright and Associates is the exclusive new channel partner for the sales and distribution of Anue’s eco-friendly product line throughout the Gulf states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and Georgia.

Vactor launches virtual tours
Vactor Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation, announced the launch of contactless, virtual tours that offer customers a detailed and photorealistic viewing of equipment. The tours are now available for many of the company’s models, including the Vactor 2100i PD and the Vactor 2100i Fan, and are accessible through Vactor authorized dealers. The guided 3D tours leverage state-of-the-art software to develop high-quality and realistic digital models, allowing visitors to walk around the equipment and learn more about cutting-edge technology and features.

Inframark partners with New Mountain Capital
Inframark announced that it has partnered with New Mountain Capital, a growth-oriented investment firm with $28 billion in assets under management. The investment provides access to capital that enhances Inframark’s capacity for growth while maintaining and building on its leadership position in the outsourced water services market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Vortex divides products and services into separate divisions
In a move to streamline its operations, Vortex Companies has divided its products and services into separate operating divisions. To lead this change, Andrew Gonnella, EVP products, and Wes Kingery, EVP services, have been promoted to president of their respective new operating divisions.

OBIC moves into new headquarters
Owners of OBIC, SS Directional Boring, and Advanced Rehabilitation Technology, father and son team Tod and Dustin Schlachter, announced a new 48,000-square-foot headquarters built to house their three businesses in Bryan, Ohio. The business spaces, including a 5,000-square-foot office section, a fully equipped training facility and its state-of-the-art technology area, and truck and equipment maintenance and storage, occupy the eastern half of the building. The western half is reserved for another project: a small-business incubator space, available for rent or lease to local businesses.

Super Products President announces retirement
After 13 years leading and growing Super Products, Mike Vanden Heuvel announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2020.  As his successor, Super Products’ Vice President of Rentals Randy Buening will be promoted to president of Super Products, effective Jan. 1. Vanden Heuvel joined the company in 2007 as the VP of industrial sales and took over as president at the end of 2008. During his tenure he added several rental facilities and maintained steady growth under his leadership. Under Vanden Heuvel’s supervision, Super Products built and moved into its new headquarters in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, in January 2020. The new building allowed the organization to consolidate three separate operating facilities in southeast Wisconsin into one, where they now produce their full product line. 

Mike Van
Mike Van
Randy Buening
Randy Buening


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