Apr 26, 2019

Business News Round Up - April 26

2019 Plastics Pipe Institute Washington, D.C. fly-in; The Carlyle Group & Schneider Electric extend partnership

During the Plastics Pipe Institute DC Fly-In event,  Dan Currence (left) and Tony Radoszewski (right) of the Plastics Pipe Institute met with members of Congress including Daniel Webster (R) from Florida’s 11th District, who is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
During the Plastics Pipe Institute DC Fly-In event, Dan Currence (left) and Tony Radoszewski (right) of the Plastics Pipe Institute met with members of Congress including Daniel Webster (R) from Florida’s 11th District, who is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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2019 Plastics Industry Fly-In

Opening up federally funded infrastructure projects to include thermoplastic pipe can increase the elimination of plastic waste. That was the position of Tony Radoszewski, CAE, president of the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. during his presentation to members of Congress during the 2019 Plastics Industry Fly-In.

“Fair and open competition of qualified products is the gateway to not only reducing costs, but also to increasing the productive use of plastic waste,” Radoszewski said.  “When companies know they have new markets to pursue, in this case plastic pipe manufacturers being included in the bid process, they are comfortable funding new technologies such as how to use more recycled plastic in their products.”


The Carlyle Group & Schneider Electric Extend Partnership

The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric has announced the enhancement of their partnership to develop new infrastructure projects.

In addition to creating new investment and energy-as-a-service opportunities, this collaboration will apply Schneider Electric’s capabilities in advanced connectivity and real-time insights to current and future Carlyle infrastructure and microgrid investments.


Beckhoff Automation Boosts Global Revenue

Beckhoff Automation generated global revenue of 916 million euros during fiscal year 2018, a gain of 13% over the previous year. This success resulted in equal measure from innovative technological advances, greater production capacity and expansion of the company’s international sales network.

“With global sales totaling 916 million euros, we had another strong financial year in 2018,” said Hans Beckhoff, managing director. “In line with this solid business growth, the company has built out capacity across all departments in terms of facility space as well as human resources, and now employs 4,300 people worldwide.”


Forbes Names MPW Among America’s Best Midsize Employers

Forbes recognized MPW Industrial Services among the nation’s best midsize employers in a study published April 17. According to the survey, MPW ranked 197th nationally and fifth among Ohio-based companies.

Partnering with market research firm Statista, Forbes identified midsize American companies with the highest rates of employee satisfaction.


International Desalination Association Awards Scholarship

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has awarded its Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Enzo Rene García-Bartolomei of Chile for the 2019/2020 academic year. The Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization (ISDMU), SOA (Tianjin, China), is co-sponsoring the 2019/2020 scholarship through a matching contribution to the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF), which will issue a $5,000 matching grant. This makes the total scholarship value $10,000.

“IDA is proud to present this award to Mr. García. One of IDA’s important initiatives is to support education and advanced training in the field of desalination and water reuse, which will become increasingly important in helping our world address critical issues surrounding water scarcity. We thank ISDMU China for its generous support to the IDA SWRF in providing a matching contribution to support this year’s scholarship program, and we encourage other businesses and organizations to follow their lead,” said Ms. Shannon McCarthy, IDA’s Secretary General.


Microvi Wins Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year at Global Water Awards

Microvi Biotech Inc. has announced that they won Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year at the Global Water Awards held at the Natural History Museum in London, UK on April 9.

Established in 2006 by Global Water Intelligence, the awards recognize the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories, and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward through improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.


Seeq to be a Gold Sponsor at CSIA Executive Conference

Seeq will join more than 500 control system integrators from April 29 to May 3 in Asheville, North Carolina for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference. With system integration partners in the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, Seeq is well positioned as a CSIA member, and as a gold sponsor of the annual conference where members collaborate and learn from each other.

Seeq is an advanced analytics solution for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly investigate, collaborate, and publish insights on manufacturing data. Customers represent oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.


King County, Washington, selects Brown and Caldwell to develop Clean Water Plan

Brown and Caldwell has announced its selection as prime consultant by King County Wastewater Treatment Division to develop the County’s Clean Water Plan to guide future water quality investments and initiatives. The Clean Water Plan is a four-year effort to chart a path for the County’s investments in regional water quality for the central Puget Sound region.

As prime, Brown and Caldwell will lead a team of economists, engineers, and planners, including Means Consulting, Carollo Engineers, HDR, and ECONorthwest, among others. The team will conduct an innovative scenario planning process to consider the region’s priorities and chart a pathway forward in a strategic utility plan. Throughout development, the team will collaborate and align with the regional engagement team to garner input and inform stakeholders. A crucial outcome of the plan will be guiding the direction and prioritization of billions of dollars in future investments to achieve the best water quality benefits, provide equitable and affordable service, and address climate change and sustainability goals.


Innovyze Joins SWAN to Co-Lead Digital Twin Work Group and Optimize Global Utility Operations

Innovyze has joined forces with SWAN, the Smart Water Networks Forum, to focus on the Digital Twin concept and its application to global water utility strategies. The SWAN Digital Twin H2O Work Group, which will be co-chaired by Colby Manwaring, CEO of Innovyze, has been established to help water and wastewater utilities to improve efficiency, water quality and costs by accelerating the adoption of Digital Twin technology.

The Work Group officially launches during the upcoming, free SWAN Digital Twin H2O Workshop on May 14, 2019, which will be held in conjunction with the SWAN 2019 Conference taking place in Miami May 15 to 16. This Workshop, sponsored by Innovyze, is being organized by the co-chairs of the Work Group with the support of the SWAN Forum, the leading global hub for the smart water and wastewater sectors.


Networking News

  • Kemco Systems has announced the hire of 3 new sales team members. Matt Lewis will lead Kemco’s Landry Market Vertical, Dillon Moran will serve as regional sales manager in the Northeast territory and David Schwartzel is now regional sales manager in the Northwest territory.

  • Dakota Supply Group named Ryan Tracy, Wayne Trosen, Karl Wrobel and Roy Eskro as new regional general managers.

  • Tru-Tech Valve appointed Chetan Chothani as their Chief Executive Officer.