Industry News - November 2021

Industry News - November 2021

RIDGID hosts local high school students for career program
RIDGID, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, hosted students from Elyria Catholic High School at the brand’s headquarters and manufacturing center in Elyria, Ohio. The program was part of the high school’s Engineering and Technology Career Trek, a weeklong initiative designed to introduce students to potential career paths, while broadening their understanding of Lorain County technical and manufacturing companies.

WJTA releases new recommended practices for vacuum equipment use
The WaterJet Technology Association released the new fourth edition of the Recommended Practices for the Use of Industrial Vacuum Equipment. Featuring updates and a redesigned, full-color layout, the new manual is available in both full-sized and pocket-sized formats. Revisions include several noteworthy changes, including medical alert cards for operators, a new example of confined-space entry procedures and recommended hand signals for starting and shutting down a vacuum unit. Additional updates include revisions to the best practice methods for loading and off-loading flammable and combustible liquids, a brief treatment of automated/robotic vacuum tools and several new definitions added to the glossary. 

The WJTA’s Vacuum Recommended Practices form the basis of the association’s vacuum operator training and certification program and are referenced extensively by contractors, manufacturers, asset owners, regulators, researchers, consultants and more.

Internal Pipe Technologies expands into Canada
Internal Pipe Technologies announced the launch of IPT Canada. The launch into Canada with partner Aloha Plumbing and Drain in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will allow for code-compliant pipe lining material to be available across the country. IPT Canada will be representing the following brands: IPT CIPP products and technologies, Gator Drain Tools and IPT inspection cameras. IPT Canada meets the Uniform Plumbing Code, which means easier approval at the local level.

Vortex acquires Germany-based Fleer-Tech GmbH
As part of its European expansion strategy, Vortex Companies completed the acquisition of Germany’s Fleer-Tech GmbH, a trenchless sewer rehabilitation contractor. Founded in 2001 and based in Lehrte, Germany, Fleer-Tech has steadily increased its services, while remaining focused on delivering cost-effective no-dig solutions.

Vacuum Truck Rentals opens 17th location
Vacuum Truck Rentals opened its 17th location in Roxana, Illinois. This location will serve customers in eastern Missouri, Illinois and the surrounding areas and will be fully equipped to handle rentals, sales, service and parts needs. Missouri native Eric Wilson will serve as branch manager and brings more than 25 years’ experience to the team.

Trenchless Equipment announces new team members
Trenchless Equipment, based in Turlock, California, announced four new members to its team, Michael Lien, Miriam Brenner, David Huff and Bill Seals. Lien, with over 20 years’ experience at TRIC Tools managing all aspects of the business, has taken the position of managing director with Trenchless. Brenner comes to Trenchless Equipment with over two decades of experience. She has taken the position as international sales specialist with the company. Huff comes to Trenchless Equipment with four years’ experience and was the national sales manager with TRIC Tools. He joins the company as director of sales. Seals comes to Trenchless with four decades of working with service professionals at both Spartan Tool and TRIC Tools. 


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