SUEZ to operate treatment plant for food manufacturer; Pulsafeeder grows team; Sundt names group president

Oct. 8, 2018

SUEZ to operate and maintain wastewater treatment plant for food manufacturer; Pulsafeeder bolsters OEM sales initiatives with Houston-based appointments; Sundt promotes Richard Keil to president of its industrial group.

SUEZ to operate and maintain wastewater treatment plant for food manufacturer

SUEZ, through its Water Technologies & Solutions business unit, announced it received a multiyear operations and maintenance contract to manage a new wastewater treatment plant at Litehouse Inc., a manufacturer of refrigerated salad dressings, dips, sauces, herbs and cheese, in Lowell, Michigan. SUEZ will provide an on-site operator, wastewater treatment chemicals and 24/7 technical support. It will also employ its InSight asset performance management (APM) system to use data and analytics to ensure the plant operates at high levels of reliability, efficiency and output. In addition, SUEZ is coordinating the sludge handling for the wastewater treatment plant, which will be commissioned in early October. Litehouse Inc.’s new wastewater plant will treat 74,000 gallons of wastewater per day using primary treatment, an equalization (EQ) tank and dissolved air flotation (DAF) system.

Litehouse Inc. previously sent its wastewater to a treatment plant that is no longer operational. This forced the manufacturer to haul the raw wastewater to a neighboring municipality’s wastewater treatment plant. In order to find a more environmentally friendly, long-term solution, Litehouse Inc. decided a new wastewater treatment plant would allow them to better manage the overall treatment, while helping them to avoid transportation costs.

Pulsafeeder bolsters OEM sales initiatives with Houston-based appointments

Pulsafeeder announced two new appointments based in the Houston area to bolster OEM sales and management initiatives. Industry veteran Michael Bargas joins Pulsafeeder as sales director reporting to Axel Bokiba, and Michael Fontaine joins the company as sales account manager for OEM initiatives, reporting to Michael Bargas.

Bargas will focus on identifying new opportunities with OEMs. He comes to Pulsafeeder from Weir Minerals North America where he served as international sales director. Previously, Bargas was an area sales manager for Sundyne where he worked with distributors, EPCs and OEMs, developing sales forecasts and tracking successful performance.

Fontaine will manage and support Pulsafeeder’s existing OEMs. He has accrued business development experience as a strategic buyer for the city of Houston where he sourced suppliers, evaluated bids and managed relationships with strategic vendors in the oil and gas and power generation markets. Most recently, Fontaine served as sales manager for Anvil International, establishing a track record with EPCs in the power generation, midstream and downstream sectors, and worked with customers such as ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Marathon, Chevron, Shell, BP and the U.S. Department of Defense. Fontaine started his career learning data analysis techniques at Aramco Services Company, and he has gained operations and procurement experience while working at Cameron International/OneSubsea.

Sundt promotes Richard Keil to president of its industrial group

Richard Keil was promoted president of Sundt Construction Inc.’s Industrial Group. He has almost 30 years of experience in industrial projects and joined Sundt in 2014 as senior vice president for the Industrial Group after working 24 years with major national contractors throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic regions. Under Keil’s leadership, Sundt’s Industrial Group increased its revenue forecasts more than $600 million. In 2017, the group increased revenue, improved safety performance, entered new markets and expanded geographically. Sundt’s Industrial Group’s projects range from tech and power to water and mining. Keil has experience in multiple sectors including power, renewables, forest industries, water, mining, technology and other process areas including gasification, gas-to-liquids and algae fuels. He received a degree in construction management from Syracuse University.

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