Industry News: May 2019

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

Avanti International celebrates 40-year anniversary
Avanti International is celebrating 40 years. Founded in 1978, Avanti began with only one product, AV-100 Chemical Grout, used primarily to seal leaking sewer lines. Over the decade that followed, the company added its first urethane product and held its first grout school training program. In the late 1980s through the ’90s, Avanti continued to expand its product line, adding its first hybrid acrylic product, AV-118 Duriflex. Throughout the years, Avanti has maintained its commitment to providing education with grout school programs serving the municipal, industrial and geotechnical sectors.

Waterline Renewal Technologies acquired by Behrman Capital
Waterline Renewal Technologies was acquired by Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco. WRT was formerly a division of Triwater Holdings. WRT has a line of products and technologies offered through each of its brands — AP/M Permaform, ConShield Technologies, LMK Technologies and Perma-Liner Industries — that allow its customers to deliver solutions that repair sewer systems and wastewater lines without excavation or property damage and that prevent overflows created by excess inflow and infiltration of groundwater into wastewater systems. 

Wynnchurch Capital’s industrial platform rebrands as Midland Industries
Wynnchurch Capital has rebranded its industrial distribution platform as Midland Industries. The platform is made up of Anderson Metals, Midland Metal, Buchanan Rubber and Mid-America Fittings. Midland Industries distributes and manufactures valves, fittings, hoses, couplings and related products.

“The new name helps us better communicate our culture and broad set of capabilities to our customers,” says Vince Hodes, CEO of Midland Industries. “The new brand reflects the company’s commitment to a unified strategy, and we’re very bullish about the growth opportunities ahead.”

Electric Eel celebrating its 80th year
Electric Eel, based in Springfield, Ohio, since 1939, announced 2019 as its 80th year as manufacturers of quality drain and sewer cleaning equipment. Electric Eel’s current product line includes a wide range of electric and gas-powered sectional drain cleaning machines, drum-style machines, high-pressure water jetters, and pipeline inspection camera systems and locators.

MyTana Mfg. releases employee handbook template 
MyTana Mfg. released an employee handbook template. The free resource provides explanations, instructions and sample text to help plumbing and drain cleaning business owners clarify policies and avoid legal problems. A free copy of the template can be downloaded at

NLB opens new branch in Louisiana
NLB announced the opening of a new rental and service office in Sulphur, Louisiana. The branch facility, located at 3473 S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur, offers waterjetting customers a second Louisiana location to meet the needs of NLB’s growing customer base in the southwest Louisiana area. The branch will offer experienced sales and service to high-pressure waterjetting users in addition to the rental of water jet pumps and accessories and an inventory of NLB replacement parts.


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