April 2009, Vol. 21, No.4


Bob Newton has joined MIOX Corp. (Albuquerque, N.M.) as vice president of industrial markets. He has more than 20 years of experience in the global water and wastewater industry.

HOBAS Pipe USA (Houston) promoted Kimberly Paggioli to vice president of marketing and quality assurance. She has been involved in the fiberglass-pipe industry for 15 years.

Earthwise Environmental Inc. (Bensenville, Ill.) has acquired the water treatment company Heisler Green (Bensenville) in an effort to expand its water management solutions.

TWS Technical Services LLC (Kansas City, Mo.) has acquired Pipeline Maintenance/S.E.E. Underground Technologies and Consulting. Pipeline Maintenance President Ron Peterson will join TWS as vice president of the Pipeline Assessment Division.

The engineering consulting firms RMC Water and Environment (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Water 3 Engineering (Irvine, Calif.) are merging. The combined firm, RMC Water and Environment, will provide local, regional, and statewide public agencies with access to more than 100 professionals with expertise in water resources, water recycling, and wastewater engineering and planning.

HOBAS Pipe USA (Houston) has promoted Steve Max to vice president–commercial. Max, who joined the company in 1993 and has served as commercial manager, will oversee the commercial department. He has background in the areas of estimating and project management.

Mark Beuhler has joined the HDR (Omaha, Neb.) water business group as West Region desalination technical lead and section manager for the company’s Los Angeles office. Beuhler will oversee project and client development for water projects in the area. He also will initiate and manage HDR’s desalination activities in the western United States. He has 30 years of experience, including work as an engineering consultant and work for a large wastewater agency.

CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) received the 2009 Engineering Excellence State Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (Atlanta) for its work on the R.L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facility expansion, a 230,000-m3/d (60-mgd) liquid-process treatment facility.

James Marianetti has joined MACTEC Engineering & Consulting Inc. (Alpharetta, Ga.) as senior principal and project manager. He has spent the past 22 years with the company and is based in the firm’s Atlanta office. He has expertise in the areas of facility master planning, design team management, quality assurance–quality control, construction administration and management, facility commissioning, and national technical standards development.

Dow Water Solutions (Midland, Mich.) named Bill Mickols, a senior research scientist, to the board of directors for the North American Membrane Society (NAMS; Toledo, Ohio). Mickols will work with NAMS to foster the development and dissemination of knowledge in membrane science and technology, as well as promote the collaborative efforts of researchers, technologists, and end users in the synthetic membrane community.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (Washington, D.C.) presented Wright–Pierce (Topsham, Maine) with an Honor Award for the Falmouth, Maine, Water Pollution Control Facility upgrade project. The award recognizes engineering firms for projects that epitomize quality, innovation, value, and client satisfaction. Wright–Pierce’s design incorporates existing infrastructure into the new treatment scheme, reducing construction cost and capitalizing on past investments. The new treatment system includes an anaerobic–anoxic–oxic process with a biological selector designed to improve water quality and provide advanced nutrient removal.

JWC Environmental (Costa Mesa, Calif.) has expanded its Georgia facility by 715 m2, bringing the total manufacturing space to 1800 m2.

GEI Consultants Inc. (Woburn, Mass.) was chosen by the Metropolitan District (Hartford, Conn.) to provide geotechnical and environmental engineering services as part the district’s Clean Water Project. The company will assist in geotechnical services associated with the design and construction of new sanitary sewers and interceptors, storm drains, and tunnels on a programwide basis for 3 years.

Jim Adams has joined Envirosight LLC (Randolph, N.J.) as operations and service manager. Adams managed industrial inspection services and rentals, overseeing 30 technicians in eight offices before joining Envirosight.

Gary Vermeer, founder and chairman emeritus of Vermeer Corp. (Pella, Iowa), died Feb. 2 at the age of 90. He started the business, originally called Vermeer Manufacturing Co., in 1948 after inventing a wagon hoist that made it easier to unload corn. Vermeer received the Pella Community Service Award in 1977 and was named Iowa Inventor of the Year in 1984. He was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 1986, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Achievement in 1992, and the Construction Equipment Industry Hall of Fame in 1996.