WWEMA Members in the News

VAL-MATIC NAMES JON BALLUN PRESIDENT AND CEO


John Ballun Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corporation on April 18 announced that John V. Ballun, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed retiring Ted Makowan as President and Chief Executive Officer. Ballun joined Val-Matic in 1995 as Vice President of Engineering and previously worked in various engineering management roles at other valve manufacturing companies. Over his career, he has published numerous articles on valve technology and contributed to several standard development organizations, including the American Water Works Association and the Manufacturing Standardization Society. He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a master's in business administration from Northern Illinois University. Patricia Nuter will continue to serve in her role as Val-Matic's Chairman of the Board, Executive Chairman, and Treasurer.


IXOM PROMOTES RANDY CABLE TO GLOBAL HEAD OF MIEX


Randy Cable Ixom Watercare Inc., manufacturer and provider of MIEX magnetic ioN exchange solutions and Watercare Innovations industrial water treatment, on April 18 announced the promotion of Randy A. Cable to Global Head of MIEX. Cable played a major role in the growth and development of the MIEX brand throughout North America and now has assumed global responsibility for growth and commercialization of the brand. Cable joined Ixom in 2011 as President North America and has led successful growth throughout North America and the United Kingdom. With his promotion, Ixom Watercare's Denver area base will become the global headquarters for the MIEX business.



CALGON CARBON ANNOUNCES CECA ACQUISITION

Calgon Carbon Corporation announced on April 14 that it had made a binding offer to acquire the wood-based activated carbon, reactivation, and mineral-based filtration media business of CECA, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group. The transaction is valued at $160.1 million, which includes a cash purchase price of $151.5 million and the assumption of unfunded pension liabilities.

"Leveraging our brand, franchise and global distribution network, this planned acquisition would create a more balanced and diverse global platform to enhance our opportunities for long-term profitable growth," said Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "With its complementary wood-based activated carbon and reactivation services businesses, similar customer base and end markets, the Activated Carbon and Filter Aid Business is a natural fit for us. Importantly, the acquisition would also advance our expansion into stated strategic areas of focus by extending our production capabilities into adjacent filtration media - diatomaceous earth and perlites; broadening our end markets to include the pharmaceutical industry; and giving us an immediate gateway into the activated carbon market in India, one of our targeted emerging geographies. Finally, it would significantly enhance our position in Europe where we have operations that have been solidly performing for many years."


JCM INDUSTRY NAMES JOHN COLLINS CEO


John Collins JCM Industries Inc. on March 28 announced the promotion of John Collins from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Executive Officer. John is third generation of the JCM family and began working in the company's production area during the summers from 1985-1989. In 1992 he entered into a full-time position on the sales team and went on to serve in a range of positions. John holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin University. He is a member of the WWEMA Board of Directors and is active in the American Water Works Association and Water and Sewer Distributors of America. He also volunteers in his community, working extensively with the special needs population.


VAL-MATIC ANNOUNCES TWO EXECUTIVE RETIREMENTS

Val-Matic Valve & Manufacturing Corp. has announced the retirement of two of its executive staff. President and Chief Executive Officer Ted J. Makowan will retire April 6 but will continue to serve on the Val-Matic Board of Directors. Makowan founded the company with Andy Nuter in Chicago in 1966 and will be retiring on its 50th anniversary.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Carl W. Smith will retire March 31 after a 32-year career with the company. Smith is a former member of the WWEMA Board of Directors.


WRT EXPANDS TO MEDIA MEDIA PRODUCTION FACILITY


WRT Water Remediation Technology (WRT) on February 18,2016 announced the opening of its new Media Production Facility in Golden, Colorado. The new facility provides expanded media production, processing, and storage capabilities for the company's proprietary treatment media products and OEM customers and business partners. It will allow WRT to fulfill the increasing demand for Z-88Radium Removal Media and Z-92 Uranium Removal Media, develop and produce other proprietary treatment media, and continue to grow and develop OEM media production and processing business partnerships. The environmentally friendly facility includes a comprehensive water treatment and recovery system, solar energy power, and other energy-efficient design elements.


PARKSON SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH EQUANOX SYSTEMS

Parkson Corporation in January announced the expansion of its biological wastewater treatment system offerings through an exclusive licensing agreement with Equanox Systems LLC. The Parkson Equanox Systems suite of solutions will consist of:

EquaReact: A wastewater treatment process that combines hydraulic flow equalization and multi-stage (anaerobic, anoxic, or aerobic) activated sludge treatment as a system offering.
EquaCel: A wastewater pretreatment process that utilizes the EquaReact process along with dissolved air floatation technology as a system offering to achieve both hydraulic flow equalization and high-efficiency soluble biochemical oxygen demand and ammonia removal.
EquaJet: A wastewater treatment process that utilizes the Parkson Jet System and multi-stage activated sludge treatment as a system offering.


EVOQUA SHOWCASES PROCESS AT WHITE HOUSE INNOVATION EVENT

Evoqua Water Technologies on December 15 participated in a White House Roundtable on Water Innovation, which brought together leading minds in the world of water to discuss and challenge stakeholders on how to plan, efficiently use, and develop new supplies of clean water. Evoqua was invited to the event to discuss Nexed, a patented electrochemical desalination module technology that reduces energy costs by as much as 30 percent, and also can help lower costs and facility footprint.

Prior to the event, Evoqua announced that it will partner with the Public Utility Board of Singapore to use this technology to build a desalination plant in Tuas, Singapore, capable of producing 500,000 gallons of desalinated seawater per day.


SCHREIBER NAMES VP OF ENGINEERING

Schreiber LLC in December announced the promotion of Howard C. Boyd to the position of Vice President of Engineering. Boyd joined Schreiber more than four years ago and has held other managerial positions within the company. With a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and more than 35 years of experience in various engineering roles, Boyd will assist Schreiber in reaching the next level of engineered product excellence. With headquarters in Trussville, Alabama, Schreiber is a manufacturer of wastewater treatment equipment for municipal and industrial markets.


HYDRO INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCES GRIT COST CALCULATOR

WWEMA-member company Hydro International in December launched an online tool to help water and wastewater treatment plant operators assess the full operating cost impact of grit deposition and abrasion on their plant efficiency. The Cost of Grit Calculator draws on real-world data collected from operating plants to predict the likely savings to treatment plant efficiency that can be gained for any operator installing a high-performance grit removal system.

The simple-to-use calculator requires input of a small number of values to generate, within minutes, an estimate of the annual and lifecycle savings that could be made by removing more grit at the headworks. Having set the operating plant capacity and the preferred equipment lifetime cost into the system, users can input estimated or known costs of their downstream plant maintenance activities. These include the periodic cleanout of grit basins, aeration basins, or anaerobic digester tanks, for example, as well as replacement and refurbishment costs for equipment such as pumps, centrifuges or membranes.Where operators are unable to provide values, averages are suggested based on actual costs from operating plants in the USA.


XPV's DEBRA COY NAMED TO 'TOP 20 WOMEN IN WATER'

Debra Coy, a partner at WWEMA-member company XPV Capital was named by Global Water Intelligence as one of the Top 20 Women in Water in GWI's November issue. The article noted, "Coy was the voice Wall Street listened to on water for more than 20 years before joining XPV, the leading specialist investor in water businesses, as a partner, earlier this year."

Coy also contributed an article to that issue titled "Brown Gold - The Risk is WRRF It" regarding the rebranding of water treatment facilities to "water resource recovery facilities."


JWC ENVIRONMENTAL ACQUIRES IPEC

WWEMA-member company JWC Environmental in November acquired IPEC Consultants, a maker of solids/liquid separation products for wastewater and specialty industrial process liquids. JWC acquired the company from its founder and owner, Bert Irwin. Since 1979, IPEC has developed drum screens, sludge thickeners, grit separators, and solids conveyance and dewatering equipment for a diverse range of markets in 47 countries.

"The missions of JWC and IPEC are highly aligned," said Ken Biele, CEO of JWC Environmental. "Both companies strive to provide the most advanced and reliable waste separation and reduction systems on the market. JWC saw this opportunity as a natural progression of our efforts to expand our successful Monster Separation Systems coarse and fine screen products to a larger audience."


AQUA-AEROBIC, METAWATER ANNOUNCE MERGER

WWEMA-member company Aqua-Aerobic Systems and METAWATER Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, on October 28 formally announced to their employees and shareholders a merger agreement. The merger will place Aqua-Aerobic, including its subsidiary, Mecana Umwelttechnik of Reichenburg, Switzerland, under METAWATER USA INC., the company's U.S. subsidiary with current operations in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Through this merger, METAWATER USA will acquire additional Aqua-Aerobic Systems resources, including additional established relationships with sales agents, consulting firms, and contractors to support its growth strategy and strengthen its business through expansion into the United States and other markets. The collaboration provides Aqua-Aerobic with a larger platform to expand internationally and enables both entities to gain access to each company's technologies, enhancing their respective product offering portfolios.


THACHER WORTHEN NAMED TO LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD

Thacher Worthen Thacher Worthen, President and Chief Executive Officer of WWEMA-member company Schreiber LLC in August was appointed to the Local Advisory Board of First Commercial Bank, Birmingham, Alabama. Worthen was recognized for his appointment in the August 31 edition of the Birmingham Business Journal.

Worthen serves on the WWEMA Board of Directors and is Chairman of the 2015 WWEMA Presidents Council. He also has served positions on the Shades Valley YMCA Board and for the Mountain Brook Lacrosse Association.


TWO WWEMA MEMBERS RECEIVE AWWA'S 'BEST IN SHOW' AWARD

Two WWEMA-member companies were honored in May at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) ACE15 Expo with "Best in Show" awards for their booths. Presented by the AWWA's Manufacturers/Associates Council, the awards went to Badger Meter (Silver Award - Large Booth Category) and JCM Industries (Bronze Award - Medium Booth Category. WWEMA congratulations the winners!


AQUA-AEROBIC FEATURED IN NORTHWEST BUSINESS MAGAZINE

The Spring-Summer 2015 issue of Northwest Business Magazine featured an extensive profile of Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. in an article titled, Aqua-Aerobic Systems: An International Problem Solver. The article discusses the company's products, business model, contribution to the local economy, export business, and more.


XYLEM PARTICIPATES IN U.S. TRADE MISSION TO CHINA

Xylem Inc. in April was one of 25 companies to participate in a U.S. Presidential Trade Mission to the People's Republic of China.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall led the Smart Cities - Smart Growth Business Development Mission, April 12 - 17, with visits to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The mission was intended to help U.S. companies launch or increase their business operations in China for sustainable products and services, such as clean air and water technologies, smart buildings, green data centers, energy efficient technologies, waste treatment technologies, smart grid, and green transportation.

Representing Xylem were Chris McIntire, Senior Vice President and President - Analytics and Treatment, and Shuping Lu, President of Xylem China.


JIM MYERS & SONS EXPANDS TO NEW LOCATION


JMS Equipment Jim Myers & Sons is moving to a 72,000-square-foot facility effective May 15, 2015. The largest expansion in the company's 50-year history, the move represents a significant increase in available plant and office space, with administrative and non-manufacturing areas more than doubling, and manufacturing footage netting a nearly 66 percent increase.

"This is an exciting time for JMS and those associated with us," President Dave Myers said. "From a manufacturing perspective, the move will provide for the expansion of many existing manufacturing processes while allowing for future growth in various product areas. We also feel that the added floor space will increase efficiency by optimizing workflow layouts. That, in turn, means a more competitive time-to-market schedule - always a plus for both customers and our team of manufacturers representatives."

The company's new physical address is 5120 Westinghouse Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273. Its new post office box address is P.O. Box 38778, Charlotte, NC 28278.


DUPERON CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY


Duperon Corporation Duperon Corporation this year celebrates 30 years in business. According to Duperon President Tammy Bernier, the company began as a stormwater equipment manufacturer, and "that allowed us to apply what we know about dealing with the toughest debris and harshest environments to the wastewater environment."

Duperon's founding principle 30 years ago remains its guiding philosophy today: "Two parts is one part too many." That commitment to simplicity has led the company to produce many innovations in screening technologies.


JANNEY ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT DIVISION PROMOTIONS

Joe Culley, Co-Head of Investment Banking at Janney Montgomery Scott, in March announced several promotions within the firm's investment division. Among the changes: Joseph Reichert, who has been with Janney since 2005, was named a Director in the Infrastructure Group with focus on origination and execution of public and private capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and other financial advisory assignments in the energy, water, and utility sectors; and Brian Van der Waag, who joined Janney in 2011, became a Director in the Infrastructure Group with a focus primarily on the energy, transportation and logistics, and water sectors.


AQUARIUS TECHNOLOGIES NAMES DEB LaVELLE PRESIDENT AND CEO


Deb LaVelle Aquarius Technologies in February announced the appointment of Deborah K. LaVelle as the company's new President and Chief Operating Officer. She succeeds former President and CEO Tom Pokorsky, who has stepped down to pursue other interests.

LaVelle has more than three decades of experience in the water and wastewater industry and is seasoned in developing growth and strategic initiatives for companies with an emphasis on aeration, biological treatment, and liquid/solids separation. Her business philosophy embraces a commitment to the preservation of water and providing a "Customers for Life" customer experience.

She is a WWEMA Past Chairman and holds affilitions with the Water Environment Federation and Winnebago County Health Department. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a major in leadership from Judson University.


CALGON CARBON RELOCATES TO NEW HEADQUARTERS


Calgon Carbon Headquarters Calgon Carbon Corporation in February moved its headquarters to a 130,000-square-foot building at the newly constructed Westpointe Corporate Center Four in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Approximately 200 of the company's executive staff, sales, and service employees made the move in early February. The research and development laboratory, which will be known as the Innovation Center, will be completed later in 2015.

In addition to the corporate staff and research and development, the new headquarters will be home to Calgon Carbon's industrial, municipal and specialty business units. The Ultra Violet Technologies division will continue to reside in McClaren Woods business park, also in Moon Township.

"This headquarters represents a new chapter for Calgon Carbon," said President and CEO Randy Dearth. "We've transformed this company over the past two years and this new location is a great fit for the footprint of our company."

The design of the building focuses on open workspaces that emphasize collaboration, and the building is expected to qualify for LEED certification in the Gold category.


WET-TEK PRESIDENT LEADS EFFORT TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER IN COSTA RICA


Wet-Tek President Don Kerr, President of WWEMA member company Wet-Tek, in October led a delegation that traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, to help bring clean water to undeveloped regions of the country.

Kerr is founder and CEO of BioSand Bag Filter LLC, which has patented a process that filters particles and solids from water and also kills the bacteria and viruses that cause disease, all without a need for electricity, pumps, or fuel. Each unit brings enough water sufficient for more than 200 people to drink, cook, and wash at a cost of less than $0.005 U.S. per person per day.

Kerr and his staff signed an exclusive distributorship agreement for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Peru and helped develop a plan, with Agua Global Costa Rica, in which regional banks would provide micro loans to lease the BioSand Bag Filters to women in rural Costa Rica. For more information regarding BioSand Bag Filter, visit http://biosandbag.com/.

Pictured above are, left to right: Kerr, Costa Rica Vice President Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, BioSand Bag Filter Chief Business Development Officer Lisa Albanese, and BioSand Bag Filter Chief Financial Officer Roy Morrison.


REVERE CONTROL SYSTEMS OPENS NEW SATELLITE OFFICE

Revere Control Systems, based in Birmingham, Alabama, has announced the opening of a new satellite office in Texarkana, Texas. To be led by Vice President of Southwest Operations Jason Leeper, the office will initially be staffed by approximately 15 engineers, project managers, and support personnel.

"The Texarkana office will greatly improve our ability to support customers in the Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas area, as well as expanding our expertise in power, electrical construction, and design-build services," said President Bob Adams.

The contract information for the new location is: 2620 Summerhill Rd., Texarkana, TX 75503; 903.716.7070.


CALGON CARBON AWARDED CONTRACT FOR DRINKING WATER IN SOUTH KOREA

Calgon Carbon Corporation on October 28 announced it had been awarded a contract by Samsung C&T Corporation to supply 7.2 million pounds of its granular activated carbon (GAC) product to the Dduk-Do Municipal Drinking Water Plant in Seoul City, South Korea. The Dduk-Do Plant provides 198 million gallons of potable water daily to approximately 1 million people.

This is the second such contract Calgon Carbon Corporation has secured in South Korea this year; in June, it delivered 5.6 million pounds of GAC to treat drinking water at Seoul City's Gu Eui Municipal Drinking Water Plant. The company has served plants in South Korea since 2000.


AQUA-AEROBIC AGAIN WINS ILLINOIS EXPORT AWARD,
OFFERS PRESENTATION AT CEREMONY

Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. in October was one of 15 companies to win the Illinois 2014 Governor's Export Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the export of Illinois goods and services around the globe. Aqua-Aerobic was the sole company to win the Exporter Continuing Excellence Award, an award it also won in 2013. The company began exporting in 1974. Its primary international markets include Asia/Asia-Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Africa/Middle East, Canada, and Europe.

Bill Decker, Aqua-Aerobic Vice President and General Manager, Equipment & Services Group, was invited to deliver the guest speech at the October 23 Awards Ceremony on "Building a Global Small Business."


HUBER NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Huber Technology, Inc. on July 22 named Henk-Jan van Ettekoven as President. Van Ettekoven had served as the company's Director of Manufacturing and Service since 2007, in which he was responsible for strategic growth opportunities, the development of new programs and products, along with directing aftermarket sales activities in North America. Prior to joining Huber, he served in a senior executive position at American Monforts Corporation, a subsidiary of German-based Monforts which produces machines and ranges for dyeing and finishing woven and knitted fabrics, including responsibility for North America aftermarket sales business.


AQUIONICS NAMES NEW MUNICIPAL REGIONAL MANAGER


Bob English Aquionics has appointed Bob English as municipal regional manager. In this role, English will promote the company's drinking water, wastewater and reuse products to the Eastern U.S. municipal market by managing sales activities with representative groups, design engineers, and end users.

English has a background in water chemistry and more than 20 years of experience in sales and management. Most recently, he was Eastern U.S. regional manager of UV water sanitation for Atlantium Technology, Beit Shamesh, Israel. He holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from State University of New York College at Cortland and a bachelor of science in marketing from Upper Iowa University.


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