Industry News: Aug. 2, 2017

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Industry News: Aug. 2, 2017
HOBAS Pipe USA recently invested in a custom-manufactured water jet saw at its Houston plant.

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HOBAS Pipe USA makes infrastructure investments
HOBAS Pipe USA recently invested in a new custom-manufactured water jet saw at its Houston plant to allow for more precise control of centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced polymer mortar fittings. Cutting is done in a wet environment so no dust is generated as with past methods.

Plastics Pipe Institute award winners announced
The Plastics Pipe Institute anounced its winners for the Members and Projects of the Year Awards Program. Winners were chosen based on outstanding service contributions and exceptional achievements showcasing beneficial uses of plastics in pipe applications. In total, four projects and five individuals were honored.

Bio-Microbics receives award
Bio-Microbics received the 2017 North American Integrated Water Treatment Technology award from Frost & Sullivan. The award was presented on the basis of overcoming industry challenges and leveraging business impact with a commitment to innovation, creativity and technology incubation.

InfoSense SL-RAT inspection standard released
The American Society for Testing Materials recently released a new standard based on InfoSense’s Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool technology for inspecting gravity sewers. The standard F3220-17 provides a basis for municipal collections system operators, consulting engineers, and their associated contractors to work from when developing specifications for sewer cleaning and maintenance programs.

Pipeline Renewal Technologies releases logbook
The Pipeline Renewal Technologies full-color logbook encourages and simplifies routine maintenance for sewer rehab cutters. It features checklists and sign-offs for the start and end of each working day, as well as weekly maintenance steps.

Envirosight welcomes regional sales manager
Envirosight announced the hiring of Mike Putney as northeast regional sales manager. Putney has over 20 years of experience in sales and account management, including 10 with Supreme Corporation, most recently as director of sales for the northeast.

HammerHead Trenchless changes name
HammerHead Trenchless Equipment will now be referred to as HammerHead Trenchless to better summarize the full range of solutions it offers to the industry.

SmartCover Systems names new regional sales manager
SmartCover Systems named Glen A. Hill as regional sales manager for the newly configured southern region. He comes to SCS with more than 27 years of sales and engineering experience and is licensed in South Carolina, Florida and Texas.

Thompson Pipe Group acquires U.S. Pipe, a division of Forterra 
Thompson Pipe Group agreed to acquire the concrete and steel pressure pipe assets of U.S. Pipe, a division of Forterra. The new entity will operate under the name Thompson Pipe Group and will be headquartered in Rialto, California.

Subsite Electronics acquires R.S. Technical
Subsite Electronics announced the acquisition of the assets of R.S. Technical Services. The deal adds camera inspection capabilities to Subsite’s line of underground awareness solutions. Operations will continue in Petaluma, California, and Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and RST products will continue to be available through the current RST dealer network.

NASSCO joins UESI as charter member
The National Association of Sewer Service Companies was named a charter organizational member of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. UESI’s mission is to meet infrastructure challenges by reducing project life cycle costs by 50 percent by 2025.

Vermeer Great Plains offers employee stock incentives
Vermeer Great Plains, with locations in Kansas, Oklahoma and western Missouri, is now 100 percent employee owned through an employee stock ownership program. As part of the new ESOP structure, Scott Ryals, former general manager, has taken on responsibilities as CEO.

KNIPEX moves headquarters
KNIPEX Tools moved its headquarters to Buffalo Grove, Illinois, from its previous location in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The new space is a renovated 53,200-square-foot combined office and warehouse facility.

Aries announces municipal sewer grout school
Aries Industries’ Municipal Sewer Grout School will be held Sept. 13-14 at the company’s facility in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Attendees will learn how grouting can effectively stop groundwater infiltration into sewer collections systems. It is sponsored by Aries Industries, Avanti International and Logiball.



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