Aug 02, 2019

Business News Round Up - August 2, 2019

Advanced Drainage Systems acquires Infiltrator Water Technologies; New FCI flow meters available

New FCI flow meters available
New FCI flow meters available

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Advanced Drainage Systems Acquires Infiltrator Water Technologies

Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS) acquired Infiltrator Water Technologies, a solutions provider for on-site septic wastewater treatment, for a purchase price of approximately $1.08 billion, from an affiliate of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and other stockholders.

“We are very excited to be joining forces with Infiltrator, a company we know well and have worked with over the years as one of our longstanding strategic partners,” said Scott Barbour, President and CEO of ADS. “Infiltrator is a natural fit for us and for our customers, aligning closely with our growth strategies while accelerating the key drivers of our three-year plan—sales growth, margin expansion and cash flow generation—that we announced at our Investor Day last year.”


Modbus Now Available on FCI’s Line of Compact Thermal Mass Air/Gas Flow Meters

FCI announced a new Modbus option for the ST51A and ST75A Flow Meters for optimal thermal mass flow meters.  The Modbus option combines a highly dependable surface-mount and lead-free RoHS compliant electronics with  accurate, repeatable all-welded, equal-mass flow sensors. Their no-moving parts design requires little maintenance and offers a long life.


AWWA’s Mehan Promotes Partnership 

The water sector’s vital partnership with agriculture to protect source water, the environment, and human health was highlighted by the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) this week at the Soil and Water Conservation Society's International Annual Conference.

Tracy Mehan, AWWA executive director of government affairs and a former assistant administrator for water at the U.S. EPA, represented the association as a keynote speaker at the conference in Pittsburgh, Penn., and spoke about the joint interests and recent successes of utilities and agriculture.


George Vorsheim Graduates from Environment One Corp.

Director of Communications & MARCOMM for Environment One Corp. (E/One) George Vorsheim will be stepping away from his leadership position at E/One Aug. 2 after serving the corporation and its stakeholders for more than 38 years. During that time, Vorsheim has been instrumental in developing E/One into a leading global brand in the water resources and power generation industries. He will continue to consult for E/One on various projects as the company continues to grow and provide ever larger populations with a better environmental quality of life and public safety.


Gastech 2019 Exhibition Attracts 700 Exhibitors

Gastech announced 90% of its 590,000 sq ft of exhibition space for Gastech 2019, scheduled for Sept. 17 to 19 at NRG Center in Houston, has been sold or reserved. More than 700 companies from across the complete value chain are expected to exhibit at the event.

Regarded as the world’s most significant meeting place for upstream, midstream and downstream natural gas, LNG and energy professionals to convene and do business, admission to the exhibition space is complimentary to all industry professionals and more than 35,000 attendees are expected.


iCell Presents Paper at Water Environment Federation Event

iCell Sustainable Nutrition presented at the Nutrient Removal and Recovery Symposium held by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in Minneapolis, Minn. The presentation “Successful Upcycling of Residual Brewery Nutrients into an SCP Ingredient” corresponded to the manuscript of the same title. The paper was delivered by Seth Terry, lead author and co-originator of iCell technology.

During his delivery, Dr. Terry emphasized the complementary nature of iCell’s approach for making single cell protein within water treatment facilities at food and beverage manufacturers. He further pointed to the company’s operational history at a brewery in Zhejiang Province, China as well as the advantageous economics that derive from using castaway nutrients and existing infrastructure. 


2019 Edition of ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 16000 Now Available

ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 16000-2019, Professional Qualifications Standard for Inspectors and Plans Examiners, has been designated as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is now available for purchase.

ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 16000-2019 provides minimum performance criteria, identified by industry consensus, for plumbing inspectors, mechanical system inspectors, plumbing plans examiners, and mechanical plans examiners. This series of standards for inspectors and plans examiners of both residential and commercial applications documents the experience, education, training, and general knowledge requirements for the inspectors and examiners who play critical roles in protecting the health and safety of the general public and the industry itself.


United Rentals’ Brand Campaign Signals Opportunity

The campaign, titled “A Better Worksite is Here,” shines a light on improving worksite efficiency across construction, industrial and infrastructure projects throughout North America. The full 360 campaign components include TV, immersive content, contextual OOH and targeted digital. 

The website also features summaries about more than 50 of the largest, real-world infrastructure projects in the U.S. and Canada and what it will take to complete them. Among the water and sewer projects featured are Calgary’s Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant and Spokane’s new storm water facility.