Industry News: November 2018

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for sewer and drain cleaning professionals

COXREELS exceeds recommended salt spray testing hours
COXREELS announced that the company recently exceeded the industry recommended standard for salt spray testing by 20 percent more hours. The independent lab test measured the corrosion- and UV-resistance of COXREELS’ powder-coated materials, and results indicate the products ranked in the top tier of the grading system for both.

Tornado Global Hydrovacs announces strategic alliances
Tornado Global Hydrovacs announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Tornado China entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Anhui Jianghuai Yangtian Automobile to manufacture Tornado’s lineup of hydrovac trucks. The trucks are customized to satisfy all the Chinese regulatory requirements for sale and operation in China.

Tornado also announced that Tornado China executed a strategic partnership agreement with Daqing Haotian Xinda Technology for an initial term of one year to assist Tornado China with developing a client base in the excavation market in Heilongjiang province.

CUES launches redesigned website
CUES launched a newly designed website, featuring a new look and feel with less text and more imagery. Streamlined menus and simplified navigation make it easier to use, and it has a responsive layout for all platforms, including smartphones and tablets.

Pete Gustin
Pete Gustin

Valley Industries names new Comet product manager
Pete Gustin was named Valley Industries’ new Comet product manager. He will be responsible for managing sales and product development for Comet pumps and accessories in North America. Gustin started working with Comet pumps in 1995 while working for his family’s business, UNICO Spray Products. UNICO merged with Valley Industries in 2010 and provided the support for Gustin to expand Comet diaphragm pumps into new industrial applications such as carpet cleaning, softwash and liquid rubber.

PHCC names International Code Council as newest partner
The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors National Association announced a new corporate partnership with the International Code Council. Through this alliance, PHCC members will have increased access to I-Codes books and training, potentially through the PHCC associations. 

Ranger Design celebrates 30th anniversary
Ranger Design announced 2018 is the company’s 30th anniversary. Originally started in a small garage by founders Randal and Derek Cowie, the company now has over 300 distributors for its van shelving, ladder racks, drawers and bins, bottle holders, and other van accessories.

WinCan receives NASSCO certifications
WinCan was awarded Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program 7.0 and Lateral Assessment and Certification Program 7.0 certification. Presented by NASSCO, it certifies that the company’s software has been tested for version 7.0 of the relevant data dictionaries and contains and properly implements codes for both PACP and LACP. The certification ensures that sewer inspection reports created within WinCan VX may be exported to version 7.0 of the NASSCO standard database. 

Milwaukee Tool acquires Imperial Blades
Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of Imperial Blades, based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Founded in 2008, Imperial Blades is the inventor of the universal shank for use on oscillating multitools. New product technology includes Storm Titanium coating and the Carbide Extreme Blade.

Picote Solutions’ Brush Coating System gains approved status
Picote Solutions announced that its Brush Coating System for the rehabilitation of deteriorated pipelines now holds WRc Approved status. The WRc Group is an independent public limited company providing research and consultancy in water, waste and the environment in the United Kingdom. The assessment schedule from WRc includes all aspects of appearance; mechanical characteristics testing, including short-term flexural modulus, long-term flexural modulus, and temperature of deflection under load; resistance to high-pressure waterjetting; resistance to abrasion; product design; product and materials manufacturing; and installation procedures.


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