Industry News: March 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.

Virginia Rubber Corp. Founder Harry Ronald Selfe Dies at 86 
Harry Ronald Selfe of Clifton, Virginia, founder of Virginia Rubber Corp., died at Arden Courts Memory Care unit Jan. 14, 2022, at the age of 86.
Selfe began his career in the industry as a salesman at Industrial Rubber in Maryland. In June of 1974, he left Industrial Rubber to form Virginia Rubber Corp., selling industrial hose and supplies. Working with two salesmen, he grew the business and interacted with many vendors, creating long-lasting relationships that survive today.
When his son Ron took over in 2007, Selfe came to work daily, attending the pumper trade shows and meeting with vendors. As his memory declined and the business grew, he would still come to work daily, helping out as best he could. Cars and biking were his passions and he spent much of his time with his beloved employees talking about them.
He is survived by his wife Judy, sons Ron and Brian, Brian’s wife Andy, and granddaughter Tori.

Reed Manufacturing celebrating 125 years
Erie, Pennsylvania-based Reed Manufacturing is celebrating 125 years in 2022. Carl Reed, along with three partners, started the business in 1896 by manufacturing pipe wrenches and plumbing supplies, and also scales, bicycles and laundry machinery. In 1902 Reuben Wright of Westfield, New York, bought Reed and installed his sons to run the business. His great-great-grandsons Scott, company president and chairman of the board, and Mark, a board member, are still actively involved with Reed today.

Aries awarded Sourcewell contract
Aries Industries was awarded a cooperative purchasing contract by Sourcewell. Sourcewell is a self-sustaining government organization offering a cooperative purchasing program with more than 400 competitively solicited contracts to government, education and nonprofit entities throughout North America.

Franklin Electric announces recipients for outstanding achievements
At Franklin Electric’s annual Commercial Summit — a gathering of team members from across its operations — winners of this year’s awards for outstanding performance, sales and customer support were announced. The winners named were Field Salesperson of the Year, Jimmy Vela; Field Service Engineer of the Year, Ryan Horner; and Team of the Year, U.S. South Central Region. The team members, led by Darol Hayes, included Chase Ellsworth, Dave Batdorff, Erasmo Barron, Ilse Gallegos, Jennifer Ford, Jesse Zwiebel, Jimmy Vela, Hannah Kiningham and Woody Kunkel.

Clayton County Water Authority wins awards
The Clayton County (Georgia) Water Authority earned the Georgia Association of Water Professionals Consumer Confidence Report Award for Large Surface Water Systems during the association’s fall conference in November. Clayton County Water Authority’s communications and community relations department won a 2021 Public Relations Society of America - Georgia Chapter Phoenix Award in the Community Relations – Associations/Government/Nonprofit Organizations category for its I’m Invested! CCWA Rate Awareness Campaign. The campaign was a collaboration with Jacobs Engineering.

Aquarius Spectrum to partner with EJP
Israel-based Aquarius Spectrum is expanding its operations in the U.S. with the announcement of a new partnership with Everett J. Prescott. EJP will introduce and deploy Aquarius acoustic water leak detection technology in the 10 states in which they operate, enabling more water utilities to solve water loss challenges caused by hidden background leaks.

ADS issues 10-year sustainability goal report
Advanced Drainage Systems announced the release of its 10-year sustainability goals in its newly launched Fiscal 2021 Sustainability Report. The report and goals can be accessed in the sustainability section of the company’s website. Highlights of the report include 510 million pounds of recycled plastic used in the company’s products; 6% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions; $4.5 million in capital spent on environmental, health and safety projects; and key partnerships formed with nonprofit organizations that share a commitment to recycling, water and community.

Erin Williams
Erin Williams

Brown and Caldwell appoint Mid-South leader
The environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell announced Erin Williams joined the firm as vice president and leader of its Mid-South business. Bringing over 17 years’ water engineering design and construction experience, Williams will help municipal and private clients meet challenges related to capital program implementation, infrastructure reliability and effective utility management.

AWWA Board selects president-elect
The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors selected Patrick Kerr of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the association’s next president-elect. He was 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. Kerr has been a member of AWWA for 28 years and is the chair of the Water Utility Council and an active member of the Southwest Section. He is president and CEO of Baton Rouge Water Works Co. in Louisiana.


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