Movers & Shakers: Energy projects, new Grundfos USA leadership

Aug. 22, 2016

Feedwater pumps from Sulzer will serve a Chinese nuclear reactor.

Acquisitions, expansions & partnerships

AEG Power Solutions to supply equipment for Russian gas project in Arctic

AEG Power Solutions was awarded a contract to supply equipment that will ensure an uninterrupted power supply for the Yamal LNG Project. The Yamal LNG Plant will receive more than 50 Protect 8 three-phase UPS units (400 V AC in/384 V DC out). This technology is a robust and commercially beneficial solution to ensure safe operation of high-performance equipment in demanding climate conditions.

Six compact SST-110 steam turbines will be deployed in process steam systems at industrial facilities in the Midwestern U.S. Image courtesy of Siemens

Siemens to supply steam turbines to Great Britain and the U.S.

Siemens has recently received orders from customers in Great Britain and the U.S. for a total of nine compact steam turbines. The turbines are to be manufactured at Siemens’ production site in Frankenthal, Germany. Three SST-040 turbines have been ordered by the Dutch energy provider Kara Energy Systems B.V. for biomass power plants in Great Britain, while the U.S.-based company Airclean Energy in Seattle placed an order for six SST-110 compact steam turbines.

Badger Meter’s new Customer Experience Center

Badger Meter Inc. announced the opening of its new Customer Experience Center (CEC) located at its corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. The new $5.5 million, 38,000 square foot facility showcases the company’s industry-leading technology, broad flow measurement product line and commitment to sustainability, and includes the largest indoor flowmeter testing facility in North America. The CEC also features a 300-seat auditorium and several training and conference rooms.

Don Bentley assets to live on in New Way Air Bearings

New Way Air Bearings has 25 years of experience manufacturing air bearings, which are used by the machine tool, semiconductor and medical industries. New Way founder and chairman hopes to expand upon the work of Don Bently, former owner of Bently Nevada and Bently Pressurized Bearing Company. Bently died in 2012 and is best known for developing the eddy current probes and rotor dynamic theory. After spending a lifetime of studying rotor instabilities he was keen to develop techniques to actively control instabilities. Bently demonstrated that by changing input pressure, and hence the stiffness of his bearings, the natural frequency of the rotor system could be tuned away from instabilities, from outside the machine.

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Haltermann Carless partners with Corrigan Oil

Haltermann Carless signed a strategic manufacturing and distribution partnership with Corrigan Oil, a leading provider of a wide range of commercial and residential fuels and supporting services in the Midwest. As part of the agreement, Corrigan Oil will have access to the portfolio of Haltermann Carless performance fuels, which are designed to support the automotive and oil industries for developing high performing and more sustainable engines, fuels, lubricants and additives. The product suite includes test fuels, reference fuels, legislative and emission fuels, special grades for first-fill or two-stroke engine applications for the U.S. market. The agreement will further improve the supply chain for North American customers. Corrigan Oil will handle distribution, storage and the blending of the highly specialized fuels at their facilities in Michigan.

Sulzer to supply feedwater pumps for nuclear reactor in China

Sulzer announced it will deliver six high-efficiency main feedwater pumps, six booster pumps, as well as two startup feedwater pumps to China. Electric motors of 11 600 KW and 1400 KW, respectively, will drive the pumps. Sulzer Suzhou, China, will conduct the manufacturing, testing, packaging, installation supervision and commissioning.

The pumps will be installed in the Fangchenggang power plant, which is located in the China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region.

GMP merges with USW

The Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union (GMPIU) approved a merger with the United Steelworkers (USW) at its 75th quadrennial convention. The merger unites two historic international unions with complimentary memberships in the United States and Canada. The GMP represents approximately 25,000 craft and industrial workers primarily in glass, foundries, molding, plastics and pottery as well as ceramics, china, fiberglass and insulation, and other industries. The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

BioSafe Systems opens production facility in Michigan

BioSafe Systems announced the addition of a new production site in Coldwater, Michigan. This location will allow BioSafe Systems to manufacture, house and ship all BioSafe Systems’ peroxyacetic acid chemistries, including all EPA registered and OMRI listed products as well as FDA intervention products which comply with FCN #1501 and #1554, for the meat and poultry marketplace. Set to open in 2017, the Coldwater location will also serve as a hub for the pick-up and distribution of bulk peroxyacetic acid deliveries within the east and west north central divisions.

Part of the team at Richgro’s new AD plant: Tony Fenton (left) of Edina and Hugh Vaughan from Landia (right) with Richgro’s Matt Richards. Image courtesy of Richgro AD.

UK companies partner with new Richgro AD plant in Australia

Companies such as Biodome Asia, Edna Group, Edina, Uniflare and more have partnered with Richgro AD. Less than two months since commissioning, the Richgro facility’s processing of mixed commercial and industrial food waste was giving a biogas yield of 138m3/ton. The process capture efficiency was recorded at 91 percent, with one ton of food waste generating 415kWe and 435kWth from the single onsite CHP, which is running at 100 percent, producing up to 1.2MW.

Fluenta partners with Statoil

Fluenta announced a two-year framework agreement with Statoil. The framework agreement positions Fluenta as a preferred supplier of flare gas meters to Statoil, and will streamline the order and delivery process by fixing cost and contract terms for a period of two years.

Fluenta and ABLE extend VAR partnership

Fluenta renewed its Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd. The three-year agreement covers the UK and Australia and marks a successful commercial relationship spanning more than a decade. ABLE will continue to add value to Fluenta’s core technology products by providing system integration and project management services to the specified VAR territory and globally, as agreed on a project by project basis. Customer support will be provided directly by ABLE via its factory trained and certified service team.

Jim Lauria. Image courtesy of Mazzei Injector

Mazzei VP urges professionals to partner with water industry

Speaking at the Water 2.0: Digital Transformation for the Water Industry Conference in San Diego, Mazzei Injector Company Vice President Jim Lauria urged the audience to become part of the global network of advocates for the water industry. Broken into bite-sized pieces to reduce risk and serve growing communities through decentralized facilities, the next generation of water and wastewater treatment plants will balance centralized and decentralized elements. Wastewater will be handled not as a disposal challenge, but as a resource rich in nutrients, energy and reuseable water.

Awards, milestones & celebrations

13th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore medal recipient announced

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award the 13th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Abhishek Roy, Ph.D. Roy is the lead product research and development manager and technical platform leader for the reverse osmosis membrane chemistry platform in Dow Energy and Water Solutions.

Hydra-Flex Inc. named Best In Class finalist

Hydra-Flex Inc. was named a finalist for Best In Class (Small Company, 1-50 employees) in the 2016 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards. Hydra-Flex was nominated for revolutionizing the vehicle wash industry by finding a better way to manufacture innovative and reliable fluid handling products.

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METER TOLEDO receives Red Dot Award

METTLER TOLEDO received Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen Red Dot Award for the innovative design of its new XPR microbalance. The XPR microbalance was recognized by the jury of design experts for bringing together a unique combination of features that streamline weighing and allow use of minimum sample sizes for potentially significant monetary savings.

BSC Industries celebrates new brand and logo

BSC Industries, a regional, national and international distributor of bearings, power transmission, stepper and servo motors, electrical products and integrated control systems has introduced the company’s new corporate brand and logo. The rebranding reflects the continuing growth and evolution of the company’s product and service offering as well as its vision for the future. BSC Industries’ new logo evokes progress, motion and dynamic energy. BSC Industries’ tagline "World Class Products — Engineered Solutions" represents the company’s commitment to offer the best products and the engineering support and services needed to ensure their customers’ success.

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Grundfos USA names new general manager

Grundfos appointed Jonathan Hamp-Adams to the recently created role of general manager of Grundfos USA. In this role, Hamp-Adams will lead all Grundfos sales organizations in the U.S.

New sales management at Ham Baker

Ham Baker Group appointed two new area sales managers. Bob Dimmock, who has been with Ham Baker for the past nine years, and Tobin Gardner who has spent the last five years at Hidrostal will be the new Pumps and Renewable sales managers. Ham Baker provides complete design of pumping systems, as well as supplying new pumps and ancillary equipment. This is complemented by extensive technical support and after sales service packages.

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Viega LLC appoints new director of North American sales

Viega LLC appointed Mark Evans to director of North American sales. In this position, Evans is responsible for directing strategic planning, brand value extraction and sales development for the field sales team across the United States and Canada. Evans was hired by Viega in 2007 to develop and implement a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy and plan prior to the introduction of Viega products to Canada.

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Baldor Electric Co. names new product management director

Baldor Electric Co. named Ryan Waite director of motor product management for its global NEMA motor business. Waite is responsible for the rapid global growth of Baldor•Reliance motors sales as well as implementing the strategic vision for the business. Waite joined Baldor in 1990 and has experience in operations, engineering and customer service.

Parker domnick hunter appoints new product manager

Parker domnick hunter named Graeme Proctor of Newcastle, U.K. as its new product manager. Graeme holds a degree in biomedical science from the University of Sunderland and has vast experience in R&D, project management and process engineering, having spent more than two decades in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. The appointment follows Parker domnick hunter’s announcement that it is to start manufacturing specialist single-use manifolds from its site in Birtley — the first time it has done this in the UK.

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Daman appoints new president & CEO

Daman’s leadership team announced executive title changes at the quarterly company meeting. Dave Mischler, previously executive vice president is now president of Daman Products; and Larry Davis, previously president is now the CEO. Collectively, Mischler and Davis have invested more than 64 years to build the business and to ultimately help customers succeed.

Acme-Hardesty names three new regional sales managers

Acme-Hardesty recently appointed three new general sales managers. Brad Merz is the new regional sales manager for the Midwest region, covering Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia. Tom Koutsos is now the regional sales manager for the Midwest region based out of Chicago. Ron Barker is the new regional sales manager for the western region and is based in Redondo Beach, California.

Jorge A. Chaves Dominguez (left) and Asdrubal Montenegro (right). Image courtesy of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

New president and CFO for Latin America region of WSP

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff named Jorge A. Chaves Dominguez as president and Asdrubal Montenegro as chief financial officer of its Latin America region. Chaves brings more than 30 years of engineering and management expertise in the U.S. and Latin America to his new position as president. Montenegro brings more than 20 years of financial and management expertise to his new position as chief financial officer for Latin America. He has worked in the Middle East, Asia, the U.S. and Latin America, where he held financial and commercial positions at companies including DuPont, BHP Billiton, Schlumberger and Halliburton.

ASTM scholarship recipients

ASTM International President James Thomas announced three students won $10,000 scholarships for their doctoral studies in fields where technical standards play a crucial role. The winners were selected from dozens of graduate student applicants in the most competitive round of annual funding ever for this program. David Buckley of Clemson University, Mohammad Mahtabi of Mississippi State University and Joel Kulesza of the University of Michigan were the three recipients.

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