Industry News - August 2013

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WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo Sept. 9-11

The 2013 WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo is scheduled for Sept. 9-11 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Presentations include Waterjet Technology-Basics and Beyond, Sept. 9, and Boot Camp Sessions, Sept. 10-11. Featured boot camp topics include high pressure hydroblasting hose failure and life cycle analysis, hydroexcavation, refractory removal, grounding and bonding, manual waterblast efficiency, nozzle selection, robotic hydroblasting, waterblast safety, emissions-free industrial vacuuming and understanding how vacuum loaders work.

Envirosight launches VeriSight Pro website

Envirosight launched a dedicated website ( for its VeriSight Pro digital push camera. The e-commerce site enables 100-, 200- and 300-foot models to be purchased by credit card or PayPal. The site also includes product information and applications.

Martin Engineering, CCC Group form alliance

Martin Engineering and the CCC Group have partnered to design and manufacture conveyors for engineered transfer points. The companies will initially target mining and biomass applications.

PrimeLine Products names regional sales manager

PrimeLine Products named Wesley Strong Southeast regional sales manager. He has 14 years of sales and service experience.

Honda receives MarCom Awards, donates generators

Honda Power Equipment, a division of Honda Motor Co., received two MarCom Awards for its computer-based dealer and distributor service training modules. Honda Engines received the Platinum Award for its maintenance course and Honda Marine received a Gold Award for its propeller basis course. The awards were presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Honda Power Equipment also provided Operation BBQ Relief with two of its Super Quiet Series portable generators. The relief effort cooks and caters meals for victims of natural disasters.

HammerHead receives innovative product award

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment’s 34-inch ramming hammer received the Joseph L. Abbott Jr. Innovative Product Award at the North American Society for Trenchless Technology Annual No-Dig Show.

Ditch Witch presents sales, service awards

Ditch Witch presented Detlef Kaiser of German-based Tramann+Sohn with the 2012 Lowell Highfill Award, the organization’s highest recognition for sales performance, and awarded Brent Zerr of Ditch Witch of Oklahoma with the Gold Ace Award for highest worldwide sales volume. Ditch Witch also awarded Josh Kennedy of Ditch Witch of Oklahoma with the Harold Chestnut Award, its highest recognition for service, and awarded Jeff Lone of Ditch Witch Midwest with its 2012 Service Manager of the Year award.

T-Rex adds 35th hydroexcavation truck to fleet

T-Rex Hydro Excavation and Industrial Vacuum Services of Houston, Texas, added a 35th hydroexcavator to its fleet, with plans to add 14 more GapVax HV-55 hydroexcavators and 40 employees by year’s end. T-Rex provides non-destructive hydro and air excavation services through four offices in Texas, serving a growing number of projects from shale oil exploration and pipeline construction in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin areas.

MTech upgrades website

MTech launched its upgraded website, The site is designed to make scrolling and navigation of product photos and categories easier.

Insituform awarded $10.4 million in contracts

Insituform Technologies USA, a subsidiary of Aegion Corp., received two contracts valued at approximately $10.4 million from the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District as part of the district’s $4.7 billion sewer system improvement program. The project includes installation of approximately 47 miles of cured-in-place pipe in small- and medium-diameter sewer pipelines in mostly residential areas. Work began in August and is anticipated to be completed in a year.

Pipe Restoration Services receives award, named company of month

Pipe Restoration Services, a joint venture between Morrison Utility Services and U.S.-based Pipe Restoration Technologies, was named a UK Energy Innovation Award winner in the Best Innovation Implemented or Adopted by a Contractor category. The award was presented to PRS for adapting ePIPE, a technology initially introduced in the UK to eliminate lead and leaks in water and now being developed to extend asset life for gas riser systems. PRS also was selected Company of the Month by Buildings and Facilities News.

Aquatherm releases new logo, product lines

Aquatherm GmbH and its North American partner, Aquatherm North America, released a refreshed logo and new product lines. The German-based pipe manufacturer and supplier of polypropylene-random piping systems offers seven major product lines, with five available in North America. For the sake of unity and clarity, the Aquatherm product lines will be identified using a color-coded convention, originally tested in the U.S. market when Aquatherm’s original piping product, Fusiotherm, was renamed Aquatherm Greenpipe. With the new naming, Aquatherm Greenpipe will become Aquatherm Green Pipe and Climatherm will become Aquatherm Blue Pipe. Aquatherm Lilac Pipe will remain unchanged.

Vacuum Truck Rentals adds Sewer Equipment models

Vacuum Truck Rentals added the Sewer Equipment Co. of America models 800 HPR ECO truck jet and 747-FR2000 ECO trailer jet to its rental fleet. Vacuum Truck Rentals has locations in Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina and Texas. They offer lease and rent-to-own options for the municipal and industrial markets.

Logiball celebrates 30th anniversary

Logiball celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Founded in 1983, the company provides test and seal packers, reinforced multi-sized plugs and carrier packers for sectional liners, lateral cleaning equipment and specialized tools for the rehabilitation and maintenance of collection systems.


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