Milestones

GKD’s Porometric mesh named New Product of the Year

The American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS) named GKD-USA’s  Porometric filtration mesh as its 2016 New Product of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Advanced Filtration Technologies Conference on April 11 in Louisville, Kentucky. Porometic is GKD’s newest wire mesh developed using the proven GeoDict simulation software. This new type of mesh brings oil and gas exploration facilities more overall throughput at lower local pore velocities. For water and wastewater filtration facilities, the mesh offers high permeability, low-pressure losses and a sharp particle retention rate.

GE’s Boulder, Colorado, facility receives ISO accreditations

RO system and TOC analyzer | Courtesy of GE

RO system and TOC analyzer | Courtesy of GE

Analytical Instruments, a division of GE Water & Process Technologies,   announced that its Boulder, Colorado, facility where Sievers TOC Analyzers and corresponding consumables are manufactured, recently received the highest combined accreditation standard in the industry for its reference material production.

The new ISO Guide 34 and ISO/IEC 17025 certifications ensure manufactured reference materials are consistently produced, controlled and audited to robust quality standards. As a reference material producer, the ISO Guide 34 accreditation confirms Analytical Instruments’ processes are of the highest quality to produce the most consistent standards. It also shows that its certificates of analysis comply with strict guidelines and include all contributing factors to uncertainty.

Appointments

Sweet Water executive director named to Water Leadership Institute

Linda Reid, executive director of Sweet Water, joined the 2017 class of the Water Leadership Institute. The program is aimed at educating, training and providing opportunities that enable emerging leaders within the water industry to build strong, lasting relationships within the water industry. The intensive program allows participants the opportunity to engage in management training and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners. For more info, visit the Water Leadership Institute.

Joseph Ho promoted to BJM service manager

Joseph Jo | Courtesy of BJM

Joseph Jo | Courtesy of BJM

Joseph Ho was promoted to service manager at BJM Pumps. Ho served as an integral member of the BJM team for more than a decade. In that time, his responsibilities have grown along with the company. Ho continues to serve distributors and end-users’ needs to solve application challenges and drive corrective action when necessary.

Danfoss hires new regional sales manager to support hydronic heating business

Scott Cohen was named regional business development manager for Danfoss’ non-residential heating business in North America. In this role, Cohen will focus specifically on the growth of the energy-saving Danfoss AB-QM pressure independent control valve in hydronic applications throughout the Northeast U.S.

Cohen brings more than three decades of operations and business development experience in multiple aspects of the HVAC industry, including installation; retrofit; building commission (Cx); Construction Site Support and Troubleshooting; MEP Equipment Evaluation and Pre-Purchase; as well as energy efficiency initiatives. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Richards Industries announces death of founder Gilbert Richards

Industrial manufacturing company Richards Industries founder and former president Gilbert Richards passed away peacefully in his home April 1 surrounded by family. He was 89 years old.

“Gil was a great inspiration and mentor to me along with many others at Richards Industries. He had his hand on the shoulder of a lot of us over the years and we owe him much. We all lost today,” said Bruce Broxterman, president of Richards Industries.

After graduating from Harvard University, Richards took helm of Jordan Valve, a company with only one small mixing valve. Five years later, he turned Jordan Valve into a profitable company and was given the opportunity to purchase it, renaming the company Richards Industries. He spent the next 50-plus years in the valve industry before retiring and selling the company in a management buyout. During this time, he built-up a distribution organization, expanded the Jordan Valve product line, acquired related companies and successfully entered the global market. By the time he retired in 2007, the company had almost 200 employees, six different product lines, hundreds of representatives throughout the world and several offices with the headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Expansions & Partnerships

Festo names three new distributors   

Automotion technology supplier Festo named three new distributors to its team.

AWC will distribute process automation products in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. AWC offers customers a team of more than 400 engineers, technical support and service specialists across 30 local customer care centers, located mainly in the southern U.S.

BG Technologies will distribute sensors and power supply products in Texas. The small, woman-owned industrial electronic distributor has a staff that offers more than 130 years of combined industrial electronic experience.

Wolf Solutions will distribute automation products in Oklahoma and Texas. A service disabled veteran-owned small business in Krum, Texas, the company offers extensive industrial automation and project management experience.