March 2014, Vol. 26, No.3

Business

Hydro International(Clevedon, England), provider of cost-effective solutions for controlling the quantity and improving the quality of water with minimal maintenance, hired Michael Jennings as chief executive to steer the international stormwater and wastewater technology and services group. He has focused on leading international product and technology-led businesses since 2004. 
Roger Crookwill join the group as commercial director to lead all product management, development, and marketing activities globally. He has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. 
Steve Hides takes on a new role as president of Hydro Americas, building on 12 years as the company’s former CEO and 30 years’ experience with the company. He will focus on the company’s already strong and developing presence in the region. 
Martin Foyle is appointed to managing director Europe. He will build on the success of the company’s stormwater and wastewater businesses in the U.K. and Ireland, and expand business opportunities in Europe. 


Norm Huggins
, senior vice president, CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) was presented the Beaubien Award by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC; Ottawa, Canada). The association recognizes an individual each year for lifetime contributions to advance the consulting engineering industry and profession, as well as service to ACEC. During his 45-year career, many communities across Canada have benefited from his expertise and many colleagues have developed their careers under his leadership.


Modern Water PLC
(Guildford, U.K.), provider provider of water technologies for the production of fresh water and monitoring of water quality, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Beijing Green Science and Technology Co. Ltd. (Beijing), for the territories of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The agreement will maximize sales opportunities throughout China’s 5-year plan as well as successfully position the company’s products during the planning stages. Beijing Green will be solely responsible for distributing all of the company’s trace/heavy metal and toxicity monitoring products.


Ecosphere Technologies Inc.
(Stuart, Fla.), a water engineering, technology licensing, and innovative manufacturing company, announced that Ecosphere Energy Services (Conway, Ariz.), a water treatment provider to the energy services sector, purchased and took delivery of one Ozonix® EF80 unit for use in the U.S. oil and gas hydraulic fracturing market. Ecosphere Technologies is a 31% owner of Ecosphere Energy Services.

 

The Water Institute of the Gulf (Baton Rouge, La.) hired Craig Colten as director of human dimensions to help coastal communities adapt and respond to environmental changes and natural disasters. Colten will examine how regional economies and cultures are affected by environmental disruptions, including ongoing storm threats, coastal land loss, and landscape and climate change. He also will use the information to develop tools and resources that help coastal communities adapt to these environmental changes.

 

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee), a company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (Washington, D.C.) for significantly reducing the overall environmental impact of its corporate headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. The 195,000 m2 (2.1 million ft2) building is the second largest existing structure in Wisconsin to receive this certification from the council. Rockwell Automation invested $3.2 million to upgrade its headquarters. The recognition culminates a comprehensive, 12-year sustainability program, which includes combined office, laboratory, and former manufacturing space.


The Water Institute of the Gulf (Baton Rouge, La.) hired Craig Colten as director of human dimensions to help coastal communities adapt and respond to environmental changes and natural disasters. Colten will examine how regional economies and cultures are affected by environmental disruptions, including ongoing storm threats, coastal land-loss, and landscape and climate change. He also will use the information to develop tools and resources that help coastal communities adapt to these environmental changes.
 

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC; Washington, D.C.) Living Water Awards initiative has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Interactive Media Awards™ (IMA; New York). The Living Water Awards honor employees of NAWC’s member companies who have made exceptional contributions to the water industry. The IMA recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development, and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement.


The WesTech Engineering (Salt Lake City) Board of Directors has appointed Rex Plaizier president and CEO. Plaizier has had a 27-year career with the company and served as president for 5 years.