June 2010, Vol. 22, No.6


Fairmount Water Solutions (Chardon, Ohio), a subsidiary of Fairmount Minerals Ltd. (Chardon), appointed Dave Chew as director of sales and marketing. Chew, with 22 years of experience in municipal, industrial, and residential water treatment, will sell the company’s sand and gravel filtration media.

Dow Segrest accepted the position of global key account manager at EagleBurgmann (Houston). Segrest has more than 25 years of experience and has represented several major pump and seal manufacturers throughout his career.

Bently Green joined the global water business of Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) as a client accounts project director. Based in the company’s St. Louis office, Green brings more than 19 years of experience to the company.

Ashtead Technology (Houston) made an arrangement with Solinst Canada Ltd. (Georgetown, Ontario) to rent and sell Solinst’s water-monitoring instrumentation, focusing primarily on the North American market. The Solinst product line includes the Levelogger Gold Series of data loggers, the Model 101 Water Level Meter, and the 410 Peristaltic Pump.

ITT Corp. (White Plains, N.Y.) agreed to purchase Nova Analytics Corp. (Woburn, Mass.), a manufacturer of laboratory, field, portable, and analytical instruments. The acquisition extends ITT’s portfolio of water and wastewater pumps and treatment systems.

General Electric Co. (Fairfield, Conn.) is creating a center of excellence for manufacturing reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, and ultrafiltration membranes in its Minnetonka, Minn., facility. The center will integrate technology development, manufacturing capability, and quality control for membrane production. The process, designed to improve product quality, reduce costs, and increase efficiency, includes expansion and upgrades to equipment in the plant.

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) received the Technology Merit Award in the Water/Wastewater category from the Environmental Business Journal as part of the annual EBJ Business Achievement Awards. This is the second consecutive year the company has received this award, which is given for introducing new products that advance the state of the art in water and wastewater treatment.

The Chlorine Institute Inc. (Arlington, Va.) named Frank Reiner as incoming president. Reiner, who had been the institute’s vice president of transportation and emergency preparedness, joined the trade association in 2005 after 16 years with Union Tank Car Co. (Chicago). He will succeed Arthur E. Dungan.

David Hagopian joined the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) as director of strategy and technology. Hagopian most recently worked as senior director of technical innovation for Fortune Brands (Deerfield, Ill.). He also worked in the oil, chemical, and aerospace industries and in the U.S. government, with experience in operations, marketing, and business development.

Discover Energy Corp. (Vancouver, British Columbia) is collaborating with GenPro Energy Solutions (Piedmont, S.D.) to provide drinking water purification systems to Haiti. Discover Energy supplied its EV31A Traction Batteries that will be used in water purification systems headed to Haiti. The system is designed for disaster relief and to be used off-grid with its own renewable energy system. The effort is spearheaded by LifeGiving Force (San Francisco), a company working to improve the lives of impoverished people around the world, and is in collaboration with several other companies, including Nimbus Water Systems (Murrieta, Calif.), Shift Power Solutions (Encinitas, Calif.), and GenPro Power Services (Rapid City, S.D.).

The California Water Environment Association (Oakland) awarded the Lincoln (Calif.) Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility with the Sacramento Section Small Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award. The award recognizes the facility’s performance, safety record, and permit compliance.

Jack L. Lynch joined the management team as safety director at SAK Construction LLC (O’Fallon, Mo.). Lynch, a certified safety manager in the National Association of Safety Professionals (Shelby, N.C.), has 14 years of experience in safety management in the pipeline rehabilitation industry.

Psomas Engineering (Los Angeles)and Capital Engineering Corp. (CEC; Taipei City, Taiwan) entered into a strategic alliance to jointly pursue water, wastewater, and water reuse projects in China and Taiwan. Psomas will provide the technical process-related support on water and wastewater treatment; CEC will undertake the engineering design.

Worrell Water Technologies (Charlottesville, Va.) installed a Living Machine® ecological wastewater treatment and reuse system at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, Calif. The camp, owned and operated by YMCAof Silicon Valley (San Jose, Calif.), had to upgrade its existing wastewater treatment system to meet Santa Cruz County requirements. The camp selected the onsite system to process up to 18,925 L (5000 gal) of wastewater every day, year-round.

The American Water Works Association (Denver) named David B. LaFrance as its new executive director. He has served as finance director for Denver Water for the past 12 years and is an industry leader in the areas of utility economics and water rates. He succeeds Gary Zimmerman, who resigned in March 2009.

The Hydraulic Institute (Parsippany N.J.) recognized the following members of the Grundfos Pumps (Olathe, Kan.) team for their technical leadership and contributions in the creation of new and updated American National Standards Institute (Washington, D.C.)/Hydraulic Institute standards: Tony Radcliff, regional program director, Grundfos Pumps; Mark Rosebraugh, director of engineering, Yeomans Chicago Corp. (Aurora, Ill.); John Kelly, chief executive officer, Yeomans Chicago Corp.; Lech Bobowski, senior project engineer, Peerless Pump Co. (Indianapolis); Dimitar Kalchev, senior project engineer, Peerless Pump Co.; and Edward Allis, special projects manager of engineering, Peerless Pump Co.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (Nasville) awarded the 2010 Engineering Excellence Award to Smith Seckman Reid Inc. (Nashville, Tenn.) for its work on the Stones River Water Treatment Plant in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected all of Saint-Gobain’s (Valley Forge, Pa.) North American businesses, including CertainTeed Corp. (Valley Forge), for the second straight year as a 2010 Energy Star® Partner of the Year for Energy Management. This award recognizes the companies’ accomplishments and leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. 

HDR (Omaha, Neb.) named Keith Ferguson national practice leader for dams, levees, and hydraulic structures. As a professional engineer with registrations in 18 states, Ferguson has more than 30 years of experience on water resource, dam, and levee projects.


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