Industry News: February 2022

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: February 2022

The group from Barbco's second-annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser.

Barbco holds second-annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser
Barbco held its second-annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser to benefit the fight against childhood cancer. After suspending the event in 2020 due to COVID safety considerations, in 2021 the team raised over $5,000 and 37 Barbco employees shaved their heads to benefit childhood cancer research.

Jeremy Alexander joins Sprayroq as president
Sprayroq announced it hired Jeremy Alexander as its new president. Previous to taking on his new role at Sprayroq, he was the director of marketing at Line-X. The addition of Alexander comes on the heels of the firm’s recent brand transformation with a new visual identity, coupled with the launch of a new website and relocation of the firm’s corporate headquarters in Alabama.

Vac-Con announces CMI Equipment as new dealer
Vac-Con announced the addition of CMI Equipment to the Vac-Con dealer network. The distributorship will provide sales, parts and service support to customers located in the state of Tennessee. For more than three decades, CMI Equipment has provided the Tennessee market with the equipment necessary to keep cities, counties and road departments running. CMI will offer the full portfolio of Vac-Con machines including combination sewer cleaners, jetters and hydroexcavators in both trailer and truck-mounted configurations.

Superior Environmental Solutions acquires Mid Valley Industrial Services
Superior Environmental Solutions announced that it acquired Mid Valley Industrial Services. With offices in central Wisconsin and Waterloo, Iowa, Mid Valley expands the company’s service area to the north and west, with the ability to service customers in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Felling Trailers’ Knudsen retires after 42 years (Gary Knudsen)
Gary Knudsen, Felling Trailers’ regional sales manager and 42-year-veteran of the heavy equipment and transport industry, retired at the end of 2021. Almost 17 of those years have been spent selling trailers: four years with Towmaster, and the last 13 years with Felling Trailers. He joined the Felling team in June 2008 as the North American outside sales representative. Knudsen provided dealer support for ten states spanning from Alaska to the Dakotas, and to Arkansas, Texas and the Canadian region.

Envirosuite wins 2021 Water Entrepreneurial award
Envirosuite announced it received Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 Global Digital Twin Technology for Water Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. Frost & Sullivan applies a rigorous analytical process that involves a detailed evaluation of best practices criteria across two dimensions for each nominated company. Envirosuite was recognized for entrepreneurial innovation criteria in the digital twins for water space, including market disruption, competitive differentiation, market gaps, leadership focus and persistence. Envirosuite also scored highly for customer impact criteria, particularly in price and performance value, customer purchase experience, customer ownership experience, customer service experience and brand equity.

The Water Council, SCS Global Services partner
The Water Council has partnered with SCS Global Services to meet water and sustainability challenges by improving corporate water stewardship outcomes and reporting. The new partnership will include development and rollout of programs to help companies move beyond traditional water management to credible and verified water stewardship that addresses enterprise-wide challenges and opportunities. SCS Global Services offers third-party verification of environmental, social and sustainability performance, helping organizations demonstrate and communicate their corporate responsibility and sustainability success stories.

Vermeer Southwest acquires Vermeer Rocky Mountain
Vermeer Southwest acquired Vermeer Rocky Mountain and will become Vermeer Mountain West. Combining these two adjacent Vermeer industrial dealers creates a contiguous network of nine dealership locations spanning the mountain west region of the U.S. Kyle Pieratt, who served as president and CEO of Vermeer Southwest, will continue to lead as the president and CEO of Vermeer Mountain West. The dealership will be headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, with branch locations in eight other states, including New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Texas and Washington.

Julian Atchia
Julian Atchia

SJE’s Julian Atchia joins Hydraulic Institute board
SJE’s Julian Atchia, vice president of research and development, was selected to serve as a Hydraulic Institute board member. He and two other new members will begin their three-year term at the Hydraulic Institute Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, in March 2022. Board members are responsible for maintaining the missions, goals and key strategies of the Institute; ensuring adequate financial, staff and volunteer resources; and providing leadership support to key committees to accomplish Institute goals.

Anue Water and D & H Water Systems expands coverage
D & H Water Systems, a rep for Anue Water Technology, expanded its coverage to all of California, and also added coverage in Arizona and Nevada. 

Thompson Pump announces executive retirement and promotions
Thompson Pump and Manufacturing announced the retirement of John Farrell, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. With Farrell’s retirement, the promotion of Bobby Zitzka to vice president of sales and marketing and of Pat Broderick to national sales manager were also announced. Over his 38 years at Thompson Pump, Farrell helped establish and grow partnerships with national rental companies, distributors and vendors. He also traveled the world meeting with customers, attending tradeshows and growing Thompson Pump’s international and municipal business as well as its dealer and distributor network to more than 40 business partners across the U.S. and Canada.

AWWA board selects president-elect, VPs and director-at-large
The American Water Works Association’s board of directors selected Patrick Kerr of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the association’s next president-elect. Four vice presidents and a director-at-large were also selected during the Board’s annual winter meeting, which was conducted virtually. Kerr will begin his term as president-elect in June at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition, and his term as president begins in June 2023. He follows current president-elect Joseph Jacangelo.
The board selected the following four vice presidents: Ari Copeland and Randy Moore, both from Kansas City, Missouri; Juanita Reyher-Colon, executive director of the Hawaii Rural Water Association; and Michelle Stockness, from Minneapolis. The board also selected Mary Gugliuzza as a director-at-large. She is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

McLaughlin achieves 100 years of service
McLaughlin, a Vermeer brand, was founded in 1921 and now marks a century of providing solutions for the construction, utility and trenchless industries. In 2012, Vermeer bought a minority interest in McLaughlin, selling McLaughlin’s vacuum excavators, utility locators, pneumatic piercing tools, core saws and auger boring equipment to contractors through the Vermeer dealer network. In 2017, Vermeer acquired the rest of McLaughlin. In 2018, Vermeer purchased Vac-Tron Equipment and integrated the two companies’ product lines as Vermeer MV Solutions.


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