Sep 28, 2018

Business News Round Up - Sept. 28

Brown and Caldwell to manage Portland’s water supply; EPA awards student with President’s Environmental Youth Award

Brown and Caldwell to manage Portland’s historic switch to filtered water supply.
Brown and Caldwell to manage Portland’s historic switch to filtered water supply.

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Brown and Caldwell to manage Portland’s historic switch to filtered water supply

Brown and Caldwell announced it was awarded a contract to provide program management services for Portland Water Bureau’s (PWB) $500 million Bull Run Filtration Project.

The project marks a critical transition for PWB and its customers, who have relied on unfiltered water from the federally protected 102 square mile Bull Run Watershed as its primary source of water for over a century. Triggered by traces of Cryptosporidium found in the water supply and revocation of PWB’s treatment variance by the Oregon Health Authority, the project involves the design and construction of a complete new water treatment system. The program includes a filtration plant with up to 160 million gal per day capacity and new appurtenances to connect to the existing supply system.  


United Rentals Receives Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award for Mobile Water Treatment Solutions

United Rentals, Inc. today announced that its EC-250 Mobile Treatment Trailer and CL-250 Mobile Clarifier have won Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 New Product Innovation Award for mobile water and wastewater treatment. The solutions reduce heavy metals and suspended solids in waste streams by up to 99% without chemicals.

Frost & Sullivan called the EC-250 Mobile Treatment Trailer and CL-250 Mobile Clarifier “cutting-edge, innovative treatment solutions that pair with quick and efficient service and expertise to treat water in industrial and municipal settings.” Both technologies were developed by BakerCorp, which was acquired by United Rentals in July to expand its fluid solutions specialty rental business.


Former Security Industry Association Board Member Recognized With High Honor For Service And Leadership in the Industry

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected Pat Comunale, as the 2018 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award, an honor presented annually to a distinguished individual for long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA. The award will be presented to Comunale during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in New York City.


EPA honors Lone Tree, Colo., student with President’s Environmental Youth Award

In a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Friday, Sept. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Lone Tree, Colorado, student Gitanjali R. the President’s Environmental Youth Award for developing an innovative technology for water quality testing. Gitanjali, a middle-school student at STEM School Highlands Ranch, was honored among winners of the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the most recent winners of the President’s Environmental Youth Award. This year, ten educators and 49 students from across the country were recognized for their efforts.

Gitanjali’s project developed a fast, accurate, and inexpensive test to detect lead contamination in water, with the potential for application to identify and prevent human exposure. She developed a device to accurately measure lead levels in water using nanotechnology and display it on a custom mobile app. The device is portable and can be reprogrammed for other contaminants.


Augury and Grundfos Enter into Strategic Partnership.
Partnership between Augury and Grundfos aim to change way the world accesses water.

Augury and Grundfos Enter into Strategic Partnership 

Grundfos and Augury are partnering to change the way the world accesses water, enabling even more reliable and sustainable water services to their customers.

Grundfos and Augury are partnering to bring continuous diagnostics to Grundfos’ current and coming customers as well as co-developing smart diagnostics capabilities in future products. The partnership will combine Augury’s knowledge within algorithm powered machine listening, with the deep expertise in water technology and pump systems of Grundfos to create ready-to-implement, world-class condition monitoring services and solutions. Ultimately presenting the companies’ customers across the globe with new, digitally enabled, resilient and reliable offerings with best in class competencies, technologies and market propositions.


Krohne Hosts Inauguration Event for New Beverly, Mass. Facility

Krohne, Inc. announces that it has celebrated the inaugural opening of its new state of the art flow and level instrument manufacturing and calibration facility, located in Beverly, Mass. The new facility was celebrated on Sept. 27 with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the manufacturing facility, and presentations from executives at Krohne.

The operations expansion in North America represents the company’s long-term commitment to manufacturing in the United States. The new headquarters facility will produce a variety of new and existing flow and level products, while continuing to serve as the main distribution hub to North American markets for all other products. Administration, sales, service and marketing, and a new training center will also be located in Beverly. The new production building will be interconnected to a new state of the art, two story office building, tripling the floor space compared to the existing facility in Peabody, Mass. Production and distribution operations will also be transferred to the new space.


U.S. EPA issues permit to Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC for carbon regeneration facility near Parker, Ariz.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued a hazardous waste permit to Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC and the Colorado River Indian Tribes for a commercial carbon regeneration facility located on the tribe’s land near Parker, Arizona.

“We issued this permit after careful consideration of comments from a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Colorado River Indian Tribes,” said Mike Stoker, U.S. EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator. “The permit requires Evoqua to carry out important environmental and community protections.”

City of St. Cloud to Install Ostara’s Nutrient Recovery Technology as Key Part of the City’s Nutrient Recovery and Reuse Project

The City of St. Cloud has selected Vancouver-based Ostara to install a nutrient recovery system at their Wastewater Treatment Facility, as part of the City’s Nutrient Recovery and Reuse (NR2) Project.  The $22M Project was partially funded through a $6.6M Point Source Implementation Grant made possible by the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act.  The Ostara process is a key part of the project in recovering valuable nutrients such as phosphorus from the wastewater centrate to create a high value, environmentally friendly fertilizer product.

“Ostara’s technology is a key part of the entire NR2 project, and illustrates how St. Cloud is leading the way in sustainability in Minnesota with the implementation of innovative and cost effective technology,” said Patrick Shea, Public Services Director for the City of St. Cloud. “We are excited to see this project begin construction, and are anticipating its completion as early as Spring 2019.”


AxFlow enters Australia and New Zealand by acquiring Brown Brothers/Kelair

AxFlow Holding AB, has acquired Brown Brothers/Kelair, the market-leading distributor of positive displacement and centrifugal pumps in Australia and New Zealand. The Group operates through 15 locations across Australia and New Zealand.

The acquisition is the next step in AxFlow’s geographic expansion outside Europe, after the successful acquisition of AQS in South Africa, 2016.

“The acquisition gives AxFlow great opportunities for sales growth in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a strong platform for growth in Oceania,” said Ole Weiner, AxFlow CEO.