Pentair reported third-quarter sales up 17 percent year-over-year to $774 million (USD), with double-digit growth in both the Water and Technical Products divisions. Residential flow sales were up one percent, while filtration sales were up nine percent. Within the Water division, US sales grew 14 percent, led by strong sales in municipal pumps, pool equipment and agriculture. In emerging markets, water grew 13 percent, led by 18-percent growth in Latin America and sales almost doubling in India. In addition, Pentair declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 19 cents per share, payable November 2 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 29. S
Carbon Resources was recently ranked in the top half of Magazine’s fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. There are over 18 million businesses in the US; this list represents the most comprehensive look at these companies, measuring the largest percentage gain in employees and sales from 2006-2009. S
Waterite Technologies, Inc. has reached an agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of West Heat Industries, Ltd., a Canadian national distributor of water bottles, caps, water coolers and water dispensing accessories and general water treatment products, for an undisclosed sum. West Heat’s electrical and radiant heat product lines were not included in the agreement; the company will remain a standalone division of Waterite and continue its operations at the current Winnipeg location.
NSF International has been honored with the Washtenaw County (MI) Water Resource Commissioner’s Office and Environmental Health Division 2010 Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Award. The award program recognizes businesses and non-profit organizations that have implemented environmentally sound practices in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction, recycling and pollution prevention.
NSF announced two new certifications: Aquatherm’s passive solar radiant collectors (the first solar heating product for use in recreational water applications) met the requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 50, and Zurn Pex’s fire sprinkler piping system met NSF’s requirements for multi-purpose piping as identified in the International Residential Code (IRC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard. The company’s pipe and fittings comply with NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects and NSF/ANSI Standard 14: Plastic Piping System Components as well as other standards for residential use.
Arsenic mystery solved
Scientists have solved an important mystery about why an arsenic compound, called arsenite, can kill us, and yet function as an effective therapeutic agent against disease and infections. According to new research published in the October issue of GENETICS, scientists from Johns Hopkins, Baylor and Stanford discovered that arsenite (a common water contaminant in many parts of the world) affects a special protein-folding machine in yeast, called TCP, also present in humans. This information not only opens the doors to developing safer therapeutic alternatives to arsenite-based medicines, but it may allow researchers a means to counter the negative effects of arsenite poisoning.
WaterSmart a hit in Las Vegas
More than 1,000 participants from 40 states and 10 foreign nations took part in the third annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in in Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 6-8. Presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in partnership with US EPA’s WaterSense Program, AWWA and other forward- thinking organizations, WSI offered more than 130 professional sessions in a variety of tracks, and an expo hall featuring nearly 90 exhibitors from around the world. The fourth conference and expo is slated for Oct. 5-7, 2011, at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center. Deadline for submitting abstracts is Jan. 14, 2011. More information is available at www.WaterSmartInnovations.com.
New printing system installed
The RB Dwyer Group recently installed an IVCO (Infinitely Variable Cylinder Web Offset) press at its Wilkes Barre, PA location. This press is a first- of-its-kind for Dwyer and the only one in North America doing shrink-sleeve labels. The state-of-the-art technology will expand the company’s ability to meet the growing needs of its customers using this technology, with shorter lead times and lower minimums at competitive prices.
Flow control industry report released
Jordan, Knauff & Company’s recently released in-depth and comprehensive market analysis, Industry In-Sight™ Flow Control Quarterly Update provides relevant information on industry pumps, valves and filters. It covers M&A activity and valuation parameters for public companies, current events and trends, performance of companies and an assessment of the impact on them of capital markets. The report notes the industry is demonstrating considerable resilience, despite a sluggish economic environment. Prospects remain bright for flow-control businesses looking to access capital markets during the fourth quarter of this year and into 2011. A copy of the report is available at www.jordanknauff.com/flowcontrol/files/ FC_Quarterly_Report_10-19-10_final.pdf.
US EPA news
US EPA named three organizations and one individual as WaterSense Partners of the Year for exceptional efforts in promoting water efficiency and WaterSense-labeled products. The program offers a simple way to conserve with water-efficient products, new homes and services. The recipients were Cascade Water Alliance (King County, WA), Pro- motional Partner of the Year; Moen Incorporated, Manufacturer Partner of the Year; Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Retailer Partner of the Year and Judy Benson, Clear Water Products and Services, Inc. (Clearwater, FL), Irrigation Partner of the Year.
HeatTrak suppliers announced
HeatTrak added four major industrial suppliers to a distributors list, starting this fall. The company’s industrial snow-melting mats will be available through Interline Brands, Lab Safety Supply, MSC Industrial Supply and Global Equipment Company. With these new partnerships, facility maintenance directors and environmental safety supervisors will have greater access to HeatTrak, which offer an efficient and convenient alternative to snowing, plowing and salting.
Grundfos social media site launched
Grundfos Pumps Corp. launched its corporate Facebook Fan page, its first step into the virtual world of social media, with an initial focus on promoting the company’s product, programs, services and events. The site will provide Grundfos partners with timely news and information, including features on the company’s sustainability initiatives, product launches, trade shows, special events and community activities.
Canadian product line expanded
Manufacturer W. Amsler Equipment, Inc. has expanded its custom line of filling equipment for a broad range of applications. The company’s unique solutions are targeted for tight manufacturing footprints, expansion of existing filling lines and turn-key operations. Amsler’s North American parts and service department and customer support team back the equipment. The company has sales and service offices in Canada, the US and Mexico.
PURE launched in NY
Hyatt and Pure Solution N.A. announced the recent roll-out of PURE allergy-friendly rooms in all Hyatt hotels. The event was covered on several morning news shows and major media outlets in New York City. The PURE team went on to Chicago, IL, shooting more footage and gaining more media coverage. PURE was previously honored by Conde Nast Travel Awards.
Building code changes for Ontario, Canada
Canadian WQA announced Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has begun work on development of the next edition of the Building Code in anticipation of filing by the Registrar of Regulations by mid 2011. Public consultations will play a key role in development of the code; the Ministry is seeking industry’s views on potential changes that might be included in the next edition. Two public consultations are being proposed in support of the next edition’s development and each round will address unique issues. Visit the website at www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page8505.aspx
Bottling facility to be auctioned
Martin I. Davis, Professional Auctioneer with the M Davis Group, announced the company will handle the onsite/ online auction of Chestnut Ridge Beverage Company—a major bottling facility in Latrobe, PA—in January. The majority of facility equipment, installed between 2002 and this year, has a rated capacity of 20,000,000 cases per year of PET and gallon bottles. The sale is expected to include the property as well as equipment. M Davis Group team members have over 120 years of combined experience and expertise in the industrial auction and appraisal industry. For more information, visit the website, www.mdavisgrp.com or call (412) 521-5751.
B&H rep appointed
B&H Labeling Systems has appointed OmniFission as its exclusive parts and service distributor, and equipment sales agent in Canada. OmniFission, based in Mississauga, will be responsible for selling B&H’s complete line of roll-fed and shrink sleeve labelers, and for providing local field service and spare parts for customers in Canada.
New PR for ITT
UK-based Scott Partnership, with offices on the east coast of North America and in China, has been appointed to work with ITT Analytics to handle its new branding, public relations and media outreach and trade show support. ITT Analytics, formed through the company’s acquisition of Nova Analytics, expanded ITT’s presence in categories adjacent to its core businesses and builds on its global leadership positions in key markets.
Thermo Fisher to present award
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. will play a key role in the organization of the 2012 Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry that recognizes achievements in conceptualization and development of novel instrumentation, as well as elucidation of fundamental events or processes involved in plasma spectrochemistry. The award will go to the scientist who has made the most noteworthy contribution to the field. Thermo Fisher Scientific has extended the deadline to March 31 for scientists worldwide to submit their applications for the next award in 2012. For more information, visit www.thermoscientific.com/wpcaward.
MIOX system installed in VI
MIOX Corporation was selected by Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority to supply a prefabricated, packaged on-site, mixed-oxidant disinfection system for the final disinfection phase at the Richmond Water Distribution Facility on the Island of St. Croix. The system will include three Vault™ Series mixed-oxidant generators, each with 60-pound-per-day (27.2-kilo-per-day) capacity, and will treat three million gpd (11.3 million L/d) of desalinated water. Expected to be completed by late 2010, the system will replace the facility’s aging calcium hypochlorite system.
Aqua-Chem subsidiary awarded Russian contract
MATRIX, a division of Aqua-Chem, Inc., was awarded the Russian Central Government’s final order for one of the largest seawater membrane systems ever installed within the federation. The company is a leader in providing micro-utility infrastructure, including state-of-the-art RO systems for marine and land-based applications around the world.
HaloSource IPO in Europe
Global Water Intelligence reported that Seattle, WA-based HaloSource intends to float on London’s Alternative Investment Market to raise £50 million (79.6 million USD) of fresh equity to support its expansion plans and build new manufacturing plants. The company, which generated $11.8 million (USD) in revenues in 2009, has forecasted top-line growth of 40 to 50 percent this year, driven primarily by its POE water purification products. Liberum Capital is acting as nominated adviser.
Severn Trent to upgrade Spanish system
Severn Trent Services–Apliclor in Spain has designed and supplied new filtration and disinfection equipment for the Cadalso de los Vidrios drinking water treatment station. The upgraded facility, which came into operation in August, serves the needs of some 3,000 inhabitants in the Community of Madrid. The total treatment scheme represents an investment of almost €160,000 ($220,450 USD).
UNESCO desertification conference held
In November, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev hosted the Third Annual International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: The Route to Restoration. More than 500 people from 50 countries including more than 20 presenters from American universities and US government agencies attended. The event, organized by BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlighted BGU’s and Israel’s role as a leader in this critical field.