Industry News: October 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.

Pete McEvoy
Pete McEvoy

HazTek welcomes Pete McEvoy to its team
HazTek announced that Pete McEvoy joined the HazTek consulting team as a solutions consultant. He will be working out of HazTek’s corporate office in Medford, New Jersey, and will be servicing clients nationwide as part of HazTek’s new safety solutions team. McEvoy has been involved with construction and facility maintenance for nearly 20 years as a business owner, safety professional and solutions consultant.

Construction starts on Stantec-designed project in Los Angeles
As part of a comprehensive effort to improve the water quality in the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Seco, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will break ground on the $13 million Low Flow Diversion Project. The project, led by global design firm Stantec’s Pasadena office, in collaboration with Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering and Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment, will provide new infrastructure to remove dry-weather flows from five sub-watersheds to the LA River and Arroyo Seco.

Grundfos to acquire Mechanical Equipment Co.
Grundfos entered into an agreement to acquire Mechanical Equipment Co. The U.S.-based MECO has manufacturing and sales offices in the U.S. as well as international offices in Singapore and Ireland. When completed, the transaction will represent the second since November 2020, when Grundfos acquired EUROWATER, a supplier of decentralized water treatment equipment and solutions in Europe.

Orange County Water District receives AAEES award
The Orange County Water District was named an American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists 2021 award winner in its annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science competition, for launching the nation’s largest PFAS pilot testing program. OCWD received an Honors Award in the research category for advancing state of the art environmental engineering or science practices.

In December 2019, OCWD accelerated efforts to address PFAS, launching a pilot project to test 14 different types of treatment media, including granular activated carbon, ion exchange and novel alternative adsorbents, with the goal of identifying reliable and cost-effective solutions to remove PFAS from water. Now in its second phase, the project is testing additional adsorbents just emerging into the marketplace.

Stan Brown assumes APWA presidency
The American Public Works Association announced that Stan Brown, member services consultant with the Georgia Municipal Association, was sworn in as president of APWA effective Sept 1. He succeeds APWA President Mary Joyce Ivers.

Vermeer and Conmeq announce distribution agreement
Vermeer Corp. entered into a distribution agreement with Conmeq Construction Equipment and Machinery B.V., to supply Conmeq-branded electric mini skid steer loaders to be sold, serviced and supported through Vermeer industrial dealers in Europe. Based in Budel, The Netherlands, Conmeq manufactures a fully electric, rubber-tired mini skid steer model, the AS15, with a 1,102-pound lifting capacity.

Vortex hires Jaclyn Herrera as CMO
Vortex hired Jaclyn Herrera to fill the newly created position of chief marketing officer to drive the company’s global marketing efforts. Herrera spent the first half of her 19-year career working at two Houston-based marketing agencies. In 2010, she was hired by The Weir Group’s Oil and Gas Division to lead its global marketing and branding efforts. Over the course of 10 years, Herrera had multiple roles, including overseeing the company’s marketing communications, branding, wellhead business development and sales programs. She also led the Artificial Lift product line and led operations for the North America Wellhead manufacturing plant.

Perma-Liner named exclusive distributor of GP Sewer Cam
Waterline Renewal Technologies, a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, announced that Perma-Liner Industries is now an exclusive distributor of GP Sewer Cam, a tool for high-definition diagnosis, verification and documentation of pipeline rehabilitation projects. The GP Sewer Cam allows operators to turn a jetter into a sewer camera by attaching the proprietary adapter to a jetter hose.


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