Prizes worth $5,000 awarded in the NAWT Shoot-Out at the Pumper & Cleaner Expo

Prizes worth $5,000 awarded in the NAWT Shoot-Out at the Pumper & Cleaner Expo
Toby Jones (left) and Keith Myers (right), of sponsoring company Fruitland Manufacturing, congratulate Bob Thompson on winning the Vac Truck Vane Challenge at the Pumper & Cleaner Expo.

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Attendees at the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International competed for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the National Association of Wastewater Technicians Shoot-Out in February. 

Machine operators, mechanics and technicians from attendee companies displayed their skills in four skills areas. They were the Vac Truck Vane Challenge, Tank Pump and Alarm Installation, Aerator Assembly and Safety Pre-Trip Inspection. 

Sponsors for the competition were Fruitland Manufacturing, Progress Vactruck, SJE-Rhombus, Septic Services Inc., and Champion Pump

Larry Wald, of C & L Grease Recovery, Webb, Mo., placed in all four competitions and won three of them. He topped entries in the Tank Pump & Alarm Installation, Aerator Assembly and Safety Pre-Trip Inspection. He finished second in the Vac Truck Vane Challenge. 

The prize for the pre-trip inspection was a $250 gift card and a Progress Vactruck jacket donated by Progress Vactruck. The prize for the aerator assembly was an aerator donated by Septic Services Inc. The prize for tank pump and alarm installation was an alarm donated by SJE-Rhombus and a CPS3A-11 pump donated by Champion Pump. 

Bob Thompson, of Pettit Environmental, Louisville, Ky., won the vane-changing challenge, swapping out the vanes in a Fruitland Manufacturing in 1 minute, 40 seconds. Wald finished second with a time of 1:41. Avery Zahn, of Infra-Track, Inc., Worthing, S.D., finished third with a time of 1:44. Thompson took home a Fruitland RCF-500SFL pump as the top prize. 


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