Industry News - July 2013

Industry News - July 2013
Congressman tours Advanced Drainage Systems

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SSPMA elects officers, directors

The Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association (SSPMA) elected Mark Huntebrinker (Zoeller Co.) president, Jeff Hawks (Champion Pump) vice president and Scott Stayton (Franklin Electric/Little Giant) secretary-treasurer. Directors elected were Charlie Cook (Liberty Pumps), Linda Kerdolff (Wayne Water Systems), Jill Boudreau (Goulds Water Technologies) and John Evans (Motor Protection Electronics). Susan O’Grady (Pentair Water) remains on the board as past-president. SSPMA represents the manufacturers of sump, sewage and effluent pumps, along with component and accessory suppliers. SSPMA also hired Blake R. Jeffrey (Blake R. Jeffrey Inc.) to serve as its managing director. He replaces Pamela Franzen, who retired after 39 years.

AMP completes Workhorse acquisition

AMP Holding, through new subsidiary AMP Trucks, acquired the Workhorse brand, logo, IP, patents and assembly plant from Workhorse Custom Chassis, a wholly owned affiliate of Navistar International Corp. The Union City, Ind., assembly plant has the capacity to produce up to 30,000 chassis a year. AMP plans to produce step-vans and other vehicles for the North American medium-duty commercial truck market at the facility.

Infiltrator Systems receives recycling award

Infiltrator Systems received the Chairman’s Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers for its plastic recycling program. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate environmental leadership.

Martin offers vibration training for OEM applications

Martin Engineering is offering custom vibration technology for manufacturers of shakers, separators, wash plants and other process equipment. The design and engineering will be performed at Martin Engineering’s Center For Innovation, Research and Development in Neponset, Ill.

SJE-Rhombus named Silver ESOP award winner

SJE-Rhombus was named a Silver ESOP award winner by The ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Association. The award recognizes companies for their work in sustaining an ESOP for 25 years. SJE-Rhombus was one of 26 corporate members to be honored by the association in 2013.

Vogelsang names director of sales

Vogelsang promoted Rich Owens to director of sales. Owens joined the company in 1998. Vogelsang manufactures pumps, grinders and related equipment for the municipal, industrial and agricultural markets.

Congressman tours Advanced Drainage Systems

U.S. Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-Bowling Green) toured the Advanced Drainage Systems manufacturing plant in Findlay, Ohio. ADS designs and manufactures pipe and other products used in municipal storm and sanitary sewers.

PolyJohn’s Hanson passes away

Longtime PolyJohn employee Lorraine Hanson passed away after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Known for her product knowledge, radiant smile and can-do attitude, Hanson spent more than 25 years with PolyJohn and helped build the company. She was one of founder Ed Cooper’s first hires and spent the last decade as a member of the company’s international division. She is survived by her son, Matt, two grandchildren, her sisters Faye Kelley and Sue Corum, two brothers, nieces and nephews.

VAC2GO moves to new location

VAC2GO vacuum truck rental company relocated its Kentucky office to 2112 Button Lane, LaGrange, Ky. The new location will rent air movers, liquid vacuum trucks and combination units. The location will serve Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana. The company also named J.C. Spalding business development manager. He will oversee Midwest regional sales and day-to-day operations.

Werts Welding opens Colorado branch

Werts Welding & Tank Service opened a branch in Commerce City, Colo. The new store is the eighth location for the supplier of tank trailer parts. Werts also has locations in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Iowa and Montana.

Hino Trucks names president

Hino Trucks named Yoshinori Noguchi president. He replaces Sumio Fukaya, who retired. Noguchi has been a board member since 2010 and managing officer at Hino Motors Ltd. since April 2012.

Xylem offers Goulds Water Technology training

Xylem will offer three-day Goulds Water Technology Factory School training for distributors, dealers, engineers and OEMs with at least one year of industry experience at the company’s Seneca Falls, N.Y., location. Topics include Residential Water System Product Application and Troubleshooting, Sept. 23-26; Variable Speed Drive Products and Applications, Oct. 7-10; Industrial Pump Products and Applications, Oct. 28-31; Wastewater Pumping Products and Applications, Nov. 4-7, and Residential Water System Product Applications and Troubleshooting, Nov. 18-21. More information is available at

Bosserman hires customer service manager

Bosserman Tank and Truck named Celine Gao customer service manager. She will provide product updates and support.


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