Industry News: April 3, 2018

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for sewer and drain cleaning professionals. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products, and more.

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Professional Pipe Services and Perma-Liner Industries partner
Professional Pipe Services, or Pro Pipe, announced its partnership with Perma-Liner Industries to provide main and lateral connection lining services nationwide. InnerSeal by Perma-Liner Industries is a trenchless CIPP technology that is used in collections systems throughout North America to repair the connection from the mainline while simultaneously renewing the lateral. With more than 50,000 successful installations, the technology has proven to be an effective, nondisruptive and long-lasting lateral rehabilitation solution.

Ben Schmitt
Ben Schmitt

Westech Vac Systems welcomes new general manager
Westech Vac Systems announced Ben Schmitt as its new general manager. In addition to providing organizational leadership and day-to-day management of Westech Vac Systems’ Nisku, Alberta, location, Schmitt will be responsible for business development, recruiting, and overall growth. Prior to joining Westech Vac Systems, he was with Vactor as the company’s excavation and industrial vacuum product manager.

Wastequip closes acquisition by H.I.G. Capital 
Wastequip announced the close of its acquisition by an affiliate of H.I.G Capital, a global private equity investment firm. As part of the deal, Wastequip has appointed Andreas Y. Gruson as chairman of its board of directors.

“Wastequip will benefit immensely from having a person of Andreas’ caliber to help shape the vision of our company,” says Marty Bryant, Wastequip CEO. “With him as our chairman of the board, I believe we are well-positioned to execute on strategies to drive even greater sales and earnings through both organic growth and acquisitions.”

Neil Mason
Neil Mason

Draincables Direct names new director of sales
Draincables Direct welcomed Neil Mason as its new direct sales manager. In the industry for more than 30 years, he started out as a journeyman plumber and later moved into sales. For the past 18 years, he was doing sales for RIDGID, most recently as the company’s Great Lakes regional manager. Mason will be managing territory sales representatives for Draincables Direct in more than 10 locations throughout the U.S.


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