Industry News: April 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.

Andrew Meschisen
Andrew Meschisen

Asahi/America welcomes new operations VP
Asahi/America announced the addition of Andrew Meschisen to its executive management team. Meschisen joined Asahi/America as vice president of operations and materials where he will oversee the company’s operations and manufacturing, materials and supply chain, quality assurance, warehousing and facility maintenance.

Nidec Motor Corp. introduces virtual program for motor testing
Nidec Motor Corp. launched a virtual test service that enables customers to remotely witness and monitor motor testing that is being done at NMC’s Mena, Arkansas, manufacturing facility. The service, which can eliminate the need for an on-site inspection, provides original equipment manufacturers and end-users with a safe, convenient and economical way to validate that a product is being manufactured to specifications, view performance results and receive additional technical support.

Core & Main expands into West Texas
Core & Main reports it closed on its previously announced agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Triple T Pipe & Supply, of Lubbock, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team from Triple T will continue to be based in Lubbock and will move into a new, larger facility to enhance their support of their existing and new customers in West Texas.

WJTA releases second edition of best practices
The WaterJet Technology Association released the second edition of Industry Best Practices for the Use of High Pressure Waterjetting Equipment (WJTA Orange Book). The 2021 edition includes extensive revisions and updates to safety practices for the use of manual and robotic high-pressure waterjetting equipment. New, detailed full-color images and photographs have been added to illustrate safety practices, equipment, operations and personal protective equipment.

Sedaru acquired by Aquatic Informatics
Sedaru was acquired by Aquatic Informatics, and will join Danaher’s Water Quality platform. Headquartered in San Dimas, California, Sedaru’s turnkey SaaS application for critical water infrastructure asset management and real-time monitoring of water system operations streamlines workflows across the utility enterprise.

Rajan Ray takes digital leadership role at CDM Smith
CDM Smith announced that Rajan Ray joined the firm as a global strategy lead for digital solutions. Ray has more than two decades of experience in the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced digital solutions in the water industry. Prior to CDM Smith, Ray was the global director of product marketing at Innovyze, where he and his team developed and supported the go-to-market strategy for the company’s entire software portfolio, including the company’s first foray into artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Itron wins safety innovation award
Itron has been selected as the winner of the Public Safety Innovation of the Year award for the third consecutive year in the annual IoT Breakthrough Awards program. The award recognizes the IoT-based wastewater monitoring solution developed through a collaboration between Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, Itron, Utility Systems Science and Software and the Avanti Co.

Woolpert’s Danielle Meggyesy promoted to project manager
Woolpert’s Danielle Meggyesy, P.E., was promoted to project manager in the firm’s energy market. She has been with Woolpert since late 2019 and works out of the firm’s Columbus office.

AVT launches animation on insertion valve technology
Advanced Valve Technologies lanched a new animation that takes viewers through the full process of installing AVT’s insertion-type EZ Valve. With the global lockdown, face-to-face demonstrations proved challenging, so the AVT team created the detailed animation video to show the process.

Mueller awarded contract for AMI deployment
California’s Calaveras County Water District selected Mueller Systems to deploy an advanced metering infrastructure network covering 1,000 square miles with 13,000 AMI endpoints. The project will replace the majority of the district’s meters and add communication capabilities to all meters.


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