Griffith joins Nelsen team
Joshua Griffith has joined Nelsen Corp., of Akron, Ohio, as a dealer sales representative. Dave Nelsen, vice president of the company, said, “Our continued growth required the addition of another salesperson. Josh’s experience with a large water treatment dealer will provide the ‘value-added’ support expected by our dealer base.” For almost 50 years, Nelsen Corp. has distributed the products of manufacturers like Fleck, Autotrol, Structural, Clack and more than 200 others.
Nichols lands top spot
The Marmon Group Inc., of St. Paul, Minn., has named John Nichols as chief executive officer. Nichols is the former chairman and CEO of Illinois Tool Works Inc. This follows the announcement that Robert Pritzker, who has been CEO of the company since 1953, has stepped down as CEO. Pritzker will remain CEO of Marmon Group’s caster companies, aircraft seat belt companies and three of its medical products companies. Marmon is an international association of autonomous manufacturing and service companies with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia. Marmon owns EcoWater, Ecodyne/Matt-Son, Alamo Water Refiners, and Spectrum Labs as well. It had revenues of $6.5 billion last year.
Suez calls for ‘Water Truce’
Suez, of Paris, France, named Jacques Petry—currently CEO of the company’s SITA waste management unit—as new head of its water arm, ONDEO. Petry will also be responsible for identifying cost and development synergies between the two businesses. The company also named Jerome Tolot, previously the No. 2 executive at construction firm Vinci, to succeed Petry at SITA. Gerard Payen, ONDEO CEO, has been appointed senior executive vice president at Suez, and will focus on the company’s campaign for universal access to water, known as “The Water Truce.” The changes went into effect Feb. 1. In other news, ONDEO said a consortium it heads entered a $61.6 million, 20-year wastewater treatment contract with the city of Cork, Ireland.
USFilter’s Selle honored
USFilter’s Bill Selle, P.E., was given the 2001 Young Engineer of the Year award on Feb. 12 by the Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee Inc. (ESM). The award was presented at the 49th Annual National Engineers’ Week Banquet. Selle earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is on track to get his master’s degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering this spring. This is only the second year that ESM has presented the award.
WC&P loses a close friend
Ihoko “Chick” Mott, of Lemoyne, Pa., and a native of Kauai, Hawaii, died Feb. 3 at her home. She was 68. Chick retired as an occupational therapist from the Bucks County (Pa.) Intermediate Unit, and a volunteer with CONTACT Harrisburg (Pa.), the American Red Cross, Bethesda Mission and Harrisburg Hospital. She was the widow of Mackie Mott. Surviving are two daughters, Linde Mickle, of Georgia; and Glenna Marino, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a sister; two brothers; and four grandchildren. Sharon Peterson, president of Publicom Inc., reminisced about her close friend of 22 years: “Those who attended the EWQA show over the last 15 years remember Chick as a helpful and friendly face who was always in the WC&P booth. She was a great person and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.”
Tomlinson promotes 3 on staff
Tomlinson Industries, of Cleveland, has announced a few promotions within its No-Drip Faucet Division. Rodney Giera has been promoted to the position of sales specialist for the domestic No-Drip, Pro-Flo and West Bend Operation product lines. His responsibilities will include direct sales and staffing trade shows. Giera has been with the company for 20 years, and previously worked as a customer service representative for the No-Drip line. Daniel Giblin is the new customer service representative for the No-Drip division and will handle OEM accounts. Previously the No-Drip assembly supervisor, he has been with Tomlinson for 10 years. He will assist at trade shows and make direct service calls. Lastly, Paul Franchino will add all Pro-Flo and West Bend Operation accounts to his current duties as customer service representative for domestic No-Drip dealers. He has been with the company for 11 years.
Moves occur at Innovative
Innovative Water & Sewer Systems Inc. announced that the board of directors has appointed Stan Kurylowicz as chief operating officer and a corporation director. Innovative also announced that Daniel Donn has resigned as chief financial officer and corporate secretary of the corporation. Donn will remain as a director of the corporation. Kurylowicz will act as the interim CFO until a replacement is named. Innovative provides solutions for water and wastewater management.
Freedman joins board
The Water and Wastewater Manu-facturer’s Association (WWEMA) announced the appointment of Ed Freedman to its board of directors. He is national sales and marketing manager for Severn Trent Services, of Fort Washington, Pa. It will be Freedman’s first two-year term with the WWEMA; he has been a member of the association for two years. Prior to joining Severn Trent in 2000, he held various sales positions with USFilter Corp. Freedman holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. He has 35 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment.