Business News Round Up - Mar. 8

March 8, 2019

CST announces award winners; Atlas Copco Compressors acquires Appleton

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CST Announces 2018 Top Dealer Award Winners

CST Industries, Inc. has announced the 2018 Dealer Awards winners for outstanding sales and service. The Award Ceremony was held on Monday, Feb. 25 in Cape Coral, Fla.

The awards recognize Municipal & Industrial Domestic Dealers and are given as a salute to these standout companies for their operational excellence, customer-centric focus, and strategic impact in the promotion and sales of CST’s flagship industry leading brand, Aquastore glass-fused-to-steel storage tank and CST’s epoxy coated tanks.

Atlas Copco Compressors Acquires Appleton

Atlas Copco Compressors has announced its acquisition of Appleton Compressor Service & Supply, Inc. (Appleton). Appleton offers a wide range of equipment, including air compressors, vacuum pumps and air treatment equipment. As a long-established distributor of Atlas Copco, the company specializes in air installations and associated services.

“We are proud to take on the legacy of Appleton Compressor and turn the territory of Wisconsin into a factory direct branch of Atlas Copco Compressors, allowing us to get closer to our customers,” said Robert Eshelman, general manager for Atlas Copco Compressors LLC in the United States.

Grundfos Presents Sustainable Solutions at Forum

Grundfos is showcasing its sustainable water and wastewater solutions at the Ninth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific, a platform for broad cooperation on promoting the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle – in Asia.

Taking place from 4-6 March in Bangkok, Thailand, the forum is co-organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan, and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development of Division for Sustainable Development Goals.

Endress+Hauser Breaks Ground

Endress+Hauser invests $38.5 million into a new 112,000 square-ft Gulf
Coast Regional Center Campus. The company officially broke ground on March 7, 2019, at its new site in Pearland’s lower Kirby District, just outside of the Houston area. Completion is projected by the end of 2020.

“We continue to make investments that enable growth and further expansion in the US
market,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “The campus
investment will strengthen cooperation and relationships with our sales representatives,
strategic partnerships and our customers. We are excited to continue expanding our
presence and business in the Gulf region and look forward to growth in Pearland.”

CA-NV AWWA Annual Conference Returns to State Capitol

The California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) will host its 2019 Annual Spring Conference at Sheraton Grand & Convention Center on March 25 to 28, 2019 in Sacramento, Calif. The three-day event is co-hosted by Sacramento Area Water Works Association (SAWWA) and will include an opening general session, speaker panel, an awards luncheon and several competitions. The event will also provide training classes for professional continuing education units (CEU) hours for its attendees that will include skilled distribution operators, treatment operators, engineers and field professionals from the world of drinking water safety.

Wade Crowfoot, the newly appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources will deliver this year’s opening session keynote address. The opening general session will also host a panel discussion entitled, “Water–Fire–Money” featuring Todd Gartner of the World Resources Institute; Willie Whittlesey, project manager at Yuba Water Agency, and other industry insiders. This will be followed by keynote luncheon speaker Ellen Hanak, who serves as the director of the Water Policy Institute of California and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. All will speak about their respective organizational commitments connected to the Annual Spring Conference theme of “Confluence: Where Policy, Operations and Management Converge.”

Digital Water Works, Inc. Receives Strategic Investment

Digital Water Works has announced a strategic investment in the firm by Bentley Systems. The investment allows Digital Water Works and Bentley to expand their leadership in bringing superior infrastructure digital twin solutions to municipal and investor-owned water and wastewater utilities worldwide — solutions with the power to enhance their operational visibility, improve efficiency, optimize capital spending, and lower total cost of ownership of their wet infrastructure.

Digital Water Works’ strategy is to implement its own integrating applications around best-of-breed commercial off-the-shelf software such as Bentley Systems’ OpenFlows and iTwin offerings, which Bentley will license directly to Digital Water Works’ customers. The software partnership is not exclusive; Digital Water Works will continue to collaborate with leading software vendors and engineering and technology consulting firms to best serve the water industry. By virtue of the investment, Bentley will be entitled to appoint two directors to the Digital Water Works board.

Networking News

  • Melanie West has been promoted to Director of Supply Chain for MFG Chemical.
  • Evoqua appoints Hervé Fages to Lead Applied Product Technologies Segment.
  • IAPMO Government Relations adds Jim Scarborough as Senior Manager.
  • Ryan Johnson has been named Vice President, Sales-US/Canada for Franklin Electric’s North America Water Systems Business Unit.

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