Industry News - April 2021

Industry News - April 2021

Industry leader, Hoot Systems executive Ron Suchecki, passes away

Ron Suchecki Jr., research director and general manager for Hoot Systems and partner in Central Texas Precast, passed away Feb. 8 of COVID-19. He was 50. Suchecki was active in onsite research programs and served in many capacities for state and national trade associations over the years.

Suchecki, of China Springs, Texas, received a degree in environmental science from Baylor University and remained active with the university’s Wastewater Research Program throughout his life. He was on the school’s Wastewater Treatment Advisory Board and an advisor to the Public Health Master’s Program.

Suchecki was a member of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) board of directors and served on its Model Code Committee. He worked on the NSF International task force that developed NSF/ANSI Standard 245 to evaluate the performance of individual onsite nitrogen reduction treatment systems. He also served on the NSF Industry Forum, numerous committees and groups and was a member of its Wastewater Joint Committee.

He also served on the board of the Texas Onsite Wastewater Association (TOWA), including as president and on conference planning committees for TOWA and the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA). He was a three-term member of the Texas Onsite Wastewater Treatment Research Council. He also gave many industry presentations on several onsite topics.

Suchecki held seven patents in bioremediation and onsite wastewater treatment. He worked for Hoot Systems and associated companies for more than 25 years.

Sara Heger, Ph.D., an engineer, researcher and instructor with the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota, often presented at the same national conferences as Suchecki. She said he worked tirelessly for advances in the onsite industry.

“He deeply cared about bringing credibility to our industry through advocacy, education, standards and support,” Heger said. “Ron was known to always have a smile on his face and work hard to solve any problems in front of him, even though he was often over-committed. He was full of energy, somehow making time for his work, family, friends, faith and anyone who needed a helping hand.”

Suchecki is survived by his wife, Melinda, four children and his parents.

Magers retires from equipment industry 

Felling Trailers’ southwestern regional sales manager, Roger Magers, who has been a part of the equipment industry for 45 years, retired at the end of 2020. He joined the company in 2009 as the Western U.S. regional sales manager. He provided dealer support for as many as 11 states.

Orenco Systems announces company changes

The year 2021 marks four decades of protecting the world’s water for Orenco Systems. After 40 years, founder Hal Ball announced his retirement from day-to-day involvement in the company. Co-founder and former executive vice president Terry Bounds will serve as both chairman of Orenco’s board of directors and president over the research and development, operation and maintenance, and facilities departments of the company. In addition, the company will now operate in three distinct divisions. Jeff Ball will serve as president of Orenco Water, while Eric Ball has been named president of Orenco Composites. Travis Wood, former president of Franklin Control Systems, is the new president of Orenco Controls. And former legal counsel Scott Saulls will serve as corporate president. The company’s wastewater-focused operations will now be known as the Orenco Water division.

Vac-Con names new dealer for western Canada

Vac-Con announced Westvac Industrial will be the exclusive dealer of Vac-Con products in western Canada. Westvac, established in 1997, operates three divisions — lifts and automotive, fleet, and fire — offering a range of products including heavy-duty lifts, wheel service equipment, sewer inspection equipment, hydroexcavators, refuse collection vehicles, street sweepers and fire apparatus. Westvac provides coverage from four locations offering maintenance, service, parts and training.

Liquid Environmental Solutions acquires Green Arrow 

Liquid Environmental Solutions announced it acquired the assets of Green Arrow Environmental Services, a provider of grease trap and septic services in the Phoenix area. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Green Arrow, based in Mesa, Arizona, adds an extensive network of non-hazardous wastewater customers to the existing LES operation

OI Restrooms supports Hope thru Soap 

Optimus Industries, located in Elkhart, Indiana, delivered a custom shower trailer to Hope thru Soap in Atlanta. Hope thru Soap provides a mobile shower experience to the less fortunate and homeless in Atlanta.  


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