December 2013, Vol. 25, No.12


Middlesex Water Co. (Iselin, N.J.), a provider of water, wastewater, and related services, primarily in New Jersey and Delaware, has partnered with Natural Systems Utilities (Hillsborough, N.J.),a provider of innovative and sustainable water and waste treatment systems through the integrated approach of design–build–operate–finance, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Applied Water Management (AWM; Hillsborough, N.J.), to design, construct, and operate a new leachate pretreatment facility for the Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls, N.J. Under the agreement, AWM will obtain permits, design, build, and operate the facility. Middlesex Water will serve as guarantor of AWM’s performance on the project, in addition to providing operational support.  

Syrinix Ltd. ( Norwich, U.K. ), a pipeline technology company, appointed business development director Dale Hartley to lead the company’s international expansion plans. He has 18 years of international water project experience and will be responsible for global sales, business development, and marketing activities. 


WesTech (Salt Lake City), which specializes in the design of process equipment for municipal water and wastewater treatment as well as industrial and minerals processing, has appointed Rex Plaizier president and CEO. Plaizier has a 27-year career with the company and has served as president for 5 years. 


KSB Pumps Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario), a manufacturer of pumps, valves, and systems, opened the company’s new Canadian headquarters and engineering facilities in Mississauga, Ontario. The company also announced its new line of MOVITEC standardized industrial pumps that will offer water and wastewater treatment operators midcapacity, high-pressure booster systems — an ultra-efficient alternative to custom-made industrial pumps. 


Calgon Carbon Corp. (Pittsburgh) has appointed John J. Paro to its board of directors. Since 2009, Paro has served as chairman, president, and CEO of the HallStar Co. (Chicago), a privately held specialty chemical company. He also serves on the board of the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.), and is a member of its executive committee.  


Tony Young joined Gresham, Smith, and Partners (Louisville, Ky.), a multidisciplinary design and consulting firm, as a senior water resources engineer. He has more than 22 years of experience in engineering, design, and project management for the water and wastewater industries. Young will spearhead the expansion of the company’s water services in Louisville and the surrounding Kentucky and southern Indiana region. He will focus on business development for basin, pump station, combined sewer overflow, and combined sewer improvement projects. 

Mindy Carlisle also joined the company as senior water resources business development manager. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and business development for the engineering and construction industries. Carlisle will advance the growth of the firm’s water resources market by serving as the go-to internal resource for industry research and analysis, strategic planning, and pursuit management.  


Ecosphere Technologies Inc. (Stuart, Fla.), a water engineering, technology licensing, and innovative manufacturing company, announced that Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF; Jacksonville, Fla. ), a provider of title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services, purchased an additional 8% ownership of Ecosphere Energy Services LLC (EES) from the company for $4 million, bringing its total ownership in EES to 39%. After the transaction, Ecosphere Technologies now owns 31% of the energy services division. FNF received an additional option to buy another 12% of the company for $6 million before the end of 2013. 

The company also filed a series of environmental patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These patent filings teach a method to use the company’s patented Ozonix ® water treatment technology to increase and maintain desired oxygen levels in the C-44 Canal (St. Lucie Canal) that feeds the St. Lucie Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon. The estuary and lagoon are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in North America, with more than 4000 plant and animal species, including 36 endangered and threatened species.  


Tia Klein rejoins Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. (HRC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)as project services manager after several years with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Detroit Transportation Service Center as senior contracts and projects administration engineer where she was responsible for construction and design project management, consultant contracts management, and local agency programs management. During her tenure at MDOT, Klein was resident engineer for a $74-million M-39 reconstruction project as well as for a $17-million Davison Freeway Reconstruction project in Detroit. She originally joined HRC in 1998, where her career spanned from construction observer to project engineer for municipal infrastructure, transportation, and MDOT projects. 


The board of ABB (Zurich) has appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer as CEO of its discrete automation and motion division. He will succeed Joe Hogan who will continue with the company for some months as senior advisor to the board. Prior to taking over the division, Spiesshofer was responsible for corporate development, leading strategy development, and implementation across the power and automation businesses in very close collaboration with the company’s teams. 


Florence & Hutcheson Inc. (Nashville, Tenn.), a large regional engineering services company will now be known as ICA Engineering Inc. 

SOR Controls Group Ltd. (Lenexa, Kan.), designer and manufacturer of measurement and control devices for oil and gas production, power generation, and the process industries, acquired Smart Sensors Inc. (Houston), provider of a comprehensive line of temperature sensors and assemblies. The acquisition will enable the company to strengthen its portfolio of temperature measurement solutions for the oil and gas, refining, chemical, and power generation markets. 


Industrial Scientific Corp. (Oakdale, Pa.) was named the Advanced Manufacturing Company of the Year in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards. The annual awards program recognizes southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful, innovative, and thought-leading companies and executives. According to the council, the finalists employ leading-edge technologies throughout their manufacturing processes to accelerate productivity and bring valuable new solutions to their respective marketplaces. 


Chuck Williams joined Stantec (Tucson, Ariz.) as a senior project manager. Williams brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in managing public works projects for local government agencies, including program management, as well as stakeholder and public involvement programming. He will be responsible for developing the firm’s continually growing water practice in Southern Arizona. 


CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) announced that Lee McIntire, CEO and chairman, will step down effective Jan. 1, 2014. McIntire will continue to serve as chairman of the board. The board has appointed Jacqueline Hinman to serve as CEO also effective Jan. 1, 2014. She most recently served as president of CH2M Hill International and is presently a member of the board of directors. 

CH2M Hill also ranked the top U.S. environmental firm in Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 200 Environmental Firms list, a position it has held since 2006. The firm managed to grow its total to nearly $4.3 billion, up about 5% from last year. Also, the firm’s environmental revenue outside the U.S. increased to 42% of the overall numbers. 


The San José–Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (San Jose, Calif.)received a Gold Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA; Washington, D.C.). NACWA’s program recognizes member agencies for outstanding compliance with their permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. This is the 11th Peak Performance Award received by the facility (formerly known as the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant). 


i2 Analytical ( Watford, Hertfordshire) , one of Europe’s independent environmental testing companies, relocated its U.K. head office, incorporating purpose-built laboratories, to Croxley Green Business Park, Watford, England. 


Katz & Associates (San Diego) a full-service communication firm specializing in public outreach for public works, environmental, and consumer awareness programs, has selected Joseph Charest to head operations in the Sacramento, Calif., region. Charest has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and agency public relations, advertising, and marketing. 

John Clerici also has joined the firm as a director in the Sacramento office. Clerici brings more than 22 years of communication experience with emphasis on stakeholder outreach and engagement, strategic communication planning, project management, neutral facilitation, and leadership development. The two will team with existing staff to expand the company’s Sacramento portfolio to include both social marketing and public outreach engagements. 


Stephen Altman joined Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Springfield, Ill.), serving the firm’s infrastructure market. Altman has 9 years of civil and water resources engineering experience, including watershed master planning, floodplain modeling, and analysis as well as residential and municipal-site development.  


Merdith “Bo” Temple , a retired U.S. Army general and leading authority on public sector engineering and related construction programs, has been named senior board advisor to Tesla NanoCoatings (North Canton, Ohio), a leading producer of high-tech, anticorrosive coatings for the military and oil and gas. Temple has more than 20 years of senior executive experience managing multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects. He held numerous senior-ranking positions within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 


American Water (Voorhees, N.J.), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced that Mark LeChevallier, director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship, has been appointed to the Water Environment Research Foundation’s (Alexandria, Va.) Research Council for a 3-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Council members serve as technical advisors that provide oversight and coordination across the entire research portfolio, identifying and developing new research initiatives, and making recommendations to the board for funding allocations among research areas. 

LeChevallier has participated in the development of drinking water regulations by serving on many committees, councils, workgroups, and review panels at the local and national level. He also has been dedicated to advancing the science of water through participation in national research foundations, including conducting nearly $1.5 million of research on the topic of water reuse and planning.