Industry News: January 2020

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

Amazing Machinery announces expansion of products
Amazing Machinery announced it has expanded its selection of cable machines, cables and blades. It now offers a full line of Draincables Direct cables, replacement ends, and blades. It has replacement cables for Electric Eel, Valor, General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring, Cobra and many others. It also offers cable machines and sectional machines from Steel Dragon, RIDGID and General Pipe Cleaners. Cable lengths range from 10 to 150 feet, and cables are available in 1/4 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Additionally, it offers most cables with choice of no core, aircraft wire, cable core or plastic core.

Applied Felts acquires FerraTex Services
Applied Felts entered into binding agreements to acquire the business and assets of New Jersey-based FerraTex Services. The acquisition includes the complete transfer of all property, equipment, intellectual property and expertise.

In a release from Applied Felts, Alex Johnson, president, says, “FerraTex Services has built a very successful preimpregnated CIPP liner business by leveraging its extensive experience in CIPP logistics and installation. Our close collaboration since 2016 has enabled us to witness firsthand FerraTex’s expertise and commitment to operational excellence. While ‘business as usual’ will be our operational guiding principle for FerraTex going forward, we are excited about what the future holds for this partnership, particularly our ability to enhance the offering to customers through the group’s manufacturing, R&D and global experience as the CIPP industry continues to expand.”

HOBAS Pipe USA participates in Demand Response program
In addition to the certifications in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001, HOBAS Pipe USA worked with its local energy company to participate in its Demand Response program. Demand Response is a solution that enhances energy reliability and helps electrical customers reduce their electricity usage during times of peak usage or community emergency, reducing electricity demand. HOBAS' manufacturing plant is able to transition from grid power to generator when it is notified by the grid operator or utility company that the grid is stressed and approaching a high level, weather events signal potential power outages, or an emergency or catastrophic event requires curtailment.

Signature Equipment joins Vac-Con distributor network
Vac-Con announced that Signature Equipment in Salt Lake City has joined its distribution network. Signature Equipment has been in operation since 1994 when founder Reed Prows opened its doors to serve the Utah markets. In 2017, the company relocated to a larger facility to accommodate growing demand. The Vac-Con product line will be the first vacuum truck portfolio that Signature Equipment has carried. Its other product offerings include refuse collectors, utility bodies, snowplows, salt spreaders and more.


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