WWEMA Members in the News (older news)

AQUA-AEROBIC WINS ILLINOIS EXPORT AWARD

Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. in July was one of 12 Illinois companies to receive the state's 2013 Governor's Export Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the export of Illinois goods and services around the globe. Aqua-Aerobic won the Exporter Continuing Excellence Award. The company began exporting in 1974. Its primary international markets include Asia/Asia-Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Africa/Middle East, Canada, and Europe.

"It's important to recognize the contribution Illinois exporters are making to the economic health of our state," Gov. Pat Quinn said. "Small and medium sized companies like those honored today play a vital role in creating millions of jobs and driving economic growth in Illinois."


SEVERN TRENT DONATES WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM TO HAITI HOSPITAL

Severn Trent Services has partnered with Operation Blessing International (OBI), a global humanitarian organization, to install and commission a ClorTec T-6 Series sodium hypochlorite generation disinfection system for the Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Mirebalais, Haiti. The system is capable of producing six pounds of sodium hypochlorite per day, which can disinfect up to 165,000 gallons of water daily for the hospital. The recently completed 300-bed teaching hospital will provide primary care services to about 185,000 people and secondary and tertiary care to all of central Haiti and areas in and around Port-au-Prince.

"Our ClorTec electrolytic technology is ideal for use in isolated locations where water purification, waste treatment, or surface disinfection is required," said Jean-Paul Monali, product manager for Severn Trent Services. "Severn Trent Services and Operation Blessing have been longtime partners doing philanthropic work in Haiti. We are just happy to help continue to make clean, safe drinking water available to communities in need."


GORMAN-RUPP RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXPORTS


Gorman-Rupp U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank on May 22 presented Gorman-Rupp Company with the President's "E" Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The "E" Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

"I am delighted to be recognizing this year's Presidential 'E' Award winners for their outstanding contributions to U.S. exports and congratulate The Gorman-Rupp Company on its outstanding export achievement," said Acting Secretary Blank. "It is businesses like Gorman-Rupp that are strengthening the economies of local communities, creating jobs, and contributing to the worldwide demand for 'Made in the USA' goods and services."

U.S. companies are nominated for the "E" Award through the Department of Commerce's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network. Four years of successive export growth and an applicant's demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in making the award.


FROST & SULLIVAN HONORS SEVERN TRENT WITH 2013 TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Severn Trent Services on May 8 was named recipient of the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership.

"Severn Trent Services has established itself as the undisputed technology leader in the field of electrochlorination disinfection through its joint venture -- Severn Trent De Nora," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vandhana Ravi.

Severn Trent De Nora currently holds eight patents for electrochlorination technology. The Technology Leadership Award is presented to the company that has demonstrated excellence in the development and leveraging of new technologies and in its R & D spending as a percentage of revenues. Severn Trent also was commended for its superior brand perception and customer value.


CALGON CARBON OPENS CUSTOM CARBON REACTIVATION FACILITY IN ARIZONA


Aquionics Calgon Carbon Corporation on April 24 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the dedication of a new state-of-the-art activated carbon custom reactivation facility in Gila Bend, Arizona. As owner-operator of the plant, Calgon Carbon will be reactivating carbon used by water treatment facilities to purify drinking water distributed to surrounding communities, including Phoenix. The Gila Bend facility is environmentally sustainable, using Calgon Carbon's waste heat initiative, an eco-friendly method that captures and reuses waste heat to reactivate carbon, as well as LED lights and variable-speed, high-efficiency motors.

Pictured above, from left: Rob Morton, vice president of business expansion, Arizona Commerce Authority; Ron Henry, mayor, Gila Bend; Ray Pulver, water operations manager, Ak-Chin Community; Randy Dearth, chief executive officer, Calgon Carbon Corporation; Brian Paulson, City of Scottsdale; and Tim Rupert, board member, Calgon Carbon Corporation.


AQUIONICS EXPANDS INTO NEW LOCATION


Aquionics To accommodate for its continued growth, Aquionics has moved to a new location in Erlanger, Kentucky. The new facility is close to the international airport and allows the company to complete more of its manufacturing in-house.

Aquionics' new location provides increased manufacturing space for the company's disinfection systems. It has a clean room to accommodate manufacture of the new UV-Pearl, the first disinfection system to use UV-C LED technology. It also includes a new training center for customers to test equipment and learn proper operational procedures.

The company's new address is 1455 Jamike Ave, Suite 100, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018.


CALGON CARBON AWARDED LA UV-DISINFECTION CONTRACT

Calgon Carbon Corporation in December was awarded a $12.4 million contract by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADPW) to supply its Sentinel Ultraviolet Disinfection Systems for the city's Aqueduct Filtration Plan and its reservoir.

LADPW serves 3.9 million residents; it is the largest public water provider in the state and is the second largest in the nation based on population served. The new systems will allow the aqueduct filtration plant to treat 600 million gallons per day and the reservoir to treat 650 millions gallons per day.


SMITH & LOVELESS HOSTS DELEGATION OF YEMENI BUSINESS LEADERS


Annual Meeting WWEMA member company Smith & Loveless in October welcomed U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein and a delegation of top Yemeni CEOs as part of a five-day, five-state tour across the United States to explore key sectors of infrastructure investment.

"We brought the top business executives and entrepreneurs from Yemen to Kansas City to meet the innovators in water management and to learn from American industry leaders like Smith & Loveless" said Ambassador Feierstein. "As Yemen continues to navigate one of the most successful post Arab spring transitions to democracy, the Yemeni private sector has been unleashed and is investing its own money into critical energy, water and renewable infrastructure that is vital to the country's future."

The company provided a tour of its 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a technology presentation by its international division, including discussion of advanced membrane systems and above-grade pumping systems.


SCHREIBER LLC ADDS TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Schreiber LLC recently announced the addition of two new staff. Ayman Rami Shawwa, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, PMP, has joined the company as a senior process engineer. Shawwa previously worked for well-known consulting engineering firms such as CH2M Hill and CDM designing wastewater treatment plants, and he has been brought on to improve Shreiber's current biological treatment system and develop new technologies.

Francis DSa joined Schreiber in Technical Sales for the Industrial Markets. He served for more than 17 years at Aquatech International, where he worked with various industrial water treatment processes, and he now will be responsible for Schreiber's sales in the industrial markets as well as setting up the industrial manufacturers' representative network in his territory.


AQUA-AEROBIC UNVEILS NEW RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER


Annual Meeting WWEMA member company Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc., in partnership with the Rock River Water Reclamation District in Rockford, Illinois, recently held a ribbon cutting to officially announce the new Aqua-Aerobic Systems Research and Technology Center.

The new facility will be used for the purpose of applied research and demonstration of new products and process technologies used in the treatment of wastewater. It will serve as an integral component of the company's technical seminar program in which customers will have the ability to visit the center and see full-scale products and the respective design features and capabilities of Aqua-Aerobic's advanced treatment technologies.


PENTAIR, TYCO COMPLETE MERGER

On September 28, 2012, Pentair Inc. and Tyco International Ltd.'s flow control business formally combined to create Pentair Ltd., which will specialize in water and fluid solutions as well as industrial valves and pumps.

The company is incorporated in Switzerland; its main offices are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Completion of the merger valued the flow unit at about $4.9 billion including debt.


APG-NEUROS NAMED TO ARTEMIS PROJECT'S 'TOP 50'

The Artemis Project on September 13, 2012, announced its Top 50 Water Tech Listing, identifying the most promising companies that are applying innovation in the market to address today's water challenges.

WWEMA congratulates member company APG-Neuros of Blainville, Quebec, which was named to the list for its air-bearing technology turbo blower. APG-Neuros previously was named to the 2011 Artemis Project Top 50 list and received the organization's APEX Sustainability Prize for Excellence in Water and Energy.

The Artemis Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping water technology companies emerge into the world market. Additional information and a press release with the complete listing of its 2012 "Top 50" can be found at www.artemistop50.com.


ATLAS COPCO NAMED TO FORBES 'MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES' LIST

WWEMA member company Atlas Copco on September 5, 2012, was named to Forbes' list of 100 of the World's Most Innovative Companies.

Standings on the list are calculated using an "innovation premium" based on a company's market capitalization compared to anticipated cash flows. This premium shows which companies investors expect to generate good returns through future innovations. Atlas Copco ranked 84th on the list. This is the second year Forbes has generated the list; Atlas Copco appeared on the list in 2011 as well.


WRT RECEIVES BLUETECH STRATEGY AWARD

Water Remediation Technologies (WRT) has received BlueTech Forum's Go-to-Market Strategy Award and will be honored at the upcoming WEFTEC show, October 1-3, 2012, in New Orleans. WRT has created a suite of media that removes radium, uranium and other radioactive contaminants from drinking water without adding chemicals or generating liquid waste. The company not only provides process equipment but also handles, transports and disposes of spent media at licensed facilities. WRT will participate in the WEFTEC Innovation Pavilion.

BlueTech Research is an independent market intelligence and consulting firm that focuses on the water sector and works to raise the profile of companies with the potential to solve water challenges and apply "disruptive" technologies


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