Industry News: November 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.

Industry News: November 2021

From left to right, Tami Clark, Matthew Honnaker, Michael Swope and Angelo Cico.

Omneity Innovations announces new staff members
Barbco announced that Omneity Innovations has added four new staff. Omneity Innovations was spun off from Barbco last year and serves as Barbco’s in-house engineering and machine field service team. Michael Swope will manage the engineering, sales, service and production departments. Sales and Marketing executive Tami Clark comes to Omneity with a combination of careers in sales, education, music and ministry. Angelo Cico is a draftsman and will be using new software to strengthen problem solving and team building skills for the company. And new engineer Matthew Honnaker, who studied at the University of Mount Union for mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship, will design future projects.

Carboline launches CarboNext program
Carboline launched CarboNext, a program aimed to educate, connect, support and engage with the next generation of engineers and professionals. CarboNext’s core audience includes professionals age 40 and under who are engineers, specifiers, inspectors, project managers, operators or anyone who desires to learn more about coatings and corrosion. In addition to training and education, the CarboNext program will include technical events and community support projects.

OCWD director Green receives VP nomination from ACWA
The Association of California Water Agencies nominating committee has unanimously chosen Orange County Water District Director Cathy Green as the vice president candidate for ACWA’s recommended slate. With this latest announcement, nearly 40 statewide organizations have expressed their support for Director Green to serve as VP of ACWA, the nation’s largest statewide coalition of public water agencies.

Matt Timberlake
Matt Timberlake

Vortex promotes Matt Timberlake to chief administration officer
The Vortex Companies announced the promotion of Matt Timberlake to chief administration officer to oversee the company’s process improvement, fleet management and procurement divisions. He was previously the company’s head of corporate development.

NLB Corp. combines Michigan operations
NLB Corp. opened a new headquarters in Wixom, Michigan in December. The 170,000-square-foot facility, only a few miles from the company’s current headquarters, combines all its Michigan operations — sales, parts, service, manufacturing, engineering and rentals — under one roof.

NAWC taps Jennifer Kocher as VP communications and marketing
The National Association of Water Companies welcomed Jennifer Kocher as NAWC’s vice president of communications and marketing. She comes to NAWC with over 20 years’ journalistic and strategic communications experience. Since 2015, Kocher worked for the Pennsylvania senate, and prior to her time in the senate, she served as press secretary to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for 10 years.

Joel Lindmeyer
Joel Lindmeyer

Felling Trailers names new sales manager
Felling Trailers appointed Joel Lindmeyer as their Great Lakes regional sales manager. In this role, he will be responsible for all sales development, activity, and dealer support within Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. He will be taking over the Great Lakes region once served by Daniel “Boone” Larsen, who retired in May. Lindmeyer brings over 25 years’ experience in the truck and trailer industry with a strong emphasis on sales and customer service.

Zeus to collaborate with JB Poindexter’s EAVX on electric work trucks
Zeus Electric Chassis and EAVX announced they will join forces to develop and commercialize all-electric vocational work truck solutions. Joint development efforts will focus on integration of the JB Poindexter commercial truck bodies, utility truck bodies and vehicle cargo management systems with the Zeus Power Platform, an all-electric cab chassis. The non-exclusive collaboration agreement will initially focus on the Class 5 Zeus Z-19 and Class 6 Z-22, and then will expand to the Class 6 Z-26, all available with a variety of cab options.

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust selects Inframark
Inframark announced that the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust awarded the company a five-year partnership for operations, maintenance and repair services for water and wastewater systems for Tinker Air Force Base. The addition of TAFB builds on the company’s growing presence in the Sooner state, where the company also operates seven other projects including OCWUT’s wastewater facilities that treat more than 110 million gallons per day.

Wilo USA acquires QuantumFlo
As part of an asset deal, Wilo USA acquired the operating business of QuantumFlo, a specialist in pressure boosting systems and intelligent pump systems. The company, based in Sanford, Florida, employs 32 people and offers products and user-friendly software solutions for the design and operation of pressure boosting systems.

AVT announces global training program
Advanced Valve Technologies announced it is building its own Install Network, referred to as the Installation Army, and now has more than 120 certified installers around the world. AVT’s EZ Valve-certified installers go through a rigorous two-step training program that utilizes an online training portal that introduces the valve and components, along with the propriety installation process.

VMAC celebrates 20 years of partnership with Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric and VMAC partnered 20 years ago on Lincoln’s Air Vantage system that uses VMAC’s air compressor technology. VMAC’s relationship with Lincoln Electric began at a tradeshow in the summer of 1997, when one of Lincoln Electric’s engineers, Nino Silvestro, discovered VMAC’s UNDERHOOD air compressor. In the early 2000s, VMAC and Lincoln joined forces and began working together to develop an air compressor for Lincoln machines.

Centrisys/CNP’s MagPrex to be installed in Idaho, names new staff
The Meridian, Idaho, Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility has partnered with Centrisys/CNP to implement a MagPrex biological nutrient removal system. Meridian’s WWRRF operates and maintains a centralized wastewater treatment facility and over 400 miles of sewer lines located throughout the city. Using the MagPrex system, operators can prevent crystallization in their biosolids train and reduce phosphate recycling by up to 90%. As the seventh MagPrex installation in the U.S. for Centrisys/CNP, the Meridian WWRRF’s anticipated timeframe will begin in the summer of 2022.

Centrisys/CNP also announced the growth of its sales team with the addition of three new representatives. After eight years with EU-based manufacturers, John “Mickey” Balash rejoins the U.S.-based team as industrial sales manager. Additionally, Steve Brown joins as sales manager - Southeast region, and Drew Johnston joins as aftermarket sales - Central region.

Mickey Balash
Mickey Balash
Steve Brown
Steve Brown
Drew Johnston
Drew Johnston


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