In other news below:
-- Frost & Sullivan report looks at nanotechnology and water, wastewater treatment
-- Unifin acquires GE companies
-- Colfax Corp. acquires Lubrication Systems Company
-- WRT/RMD receives NRC license for uranium removal from drinking water
-- MHF Logistical Solutions previews new custom packaging at steelmakers conference
-- Tetra Tech wins $20 million deal to help Cincinnati control CSOs, SSOs
-- BearingPoint completes CIS solution for Orange County Utilities Department
-- Pennsylvania lines up $27.7 million in infrastructure projects in 8 counties
-- Foster Wheeler wins coal steam generator for W.Va.'s Longview Power project
-- Beckhoff Automation hires new sales manager for Mountain States
-- Fluor receives formal acceptance from DOE on Fernald cleanup
• Wastewater improvements at American Airlines Tulsa maintenance facility -- FORT WORTH, TX, Feb. 1, 2007 -- American Airlines Maintenance Services, the marketing arm of American's maintenance organization, and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), representing the airline's maintenance workers, have set an aggressive goal of obtaining $175 million in customer revenue in 2007. In March 2005, a joint labor/management team at American's largest maintenance facility in Tulsa announced a "Breakthrough Goal" to generate $500 million in value creation -- a combination of cost reductions and revenue that would turn the base from what has traditionally been a cost center into a ground-breaking profit center. Tulsa recently obtained a four-year, $30 million contract with Allegiant Air to provide engineering, planning, technical and reliability services, certain component and landing gear repair and overhauls, as well as airframe overhauls, known as "Heavy C" checks. In addition, thanks to $22.3 million American received from the Tulsa Vision 2025 sales tax program approved by voters in September 2003, the airline made vast improvements that helped secure customer contracts. Funding has been invested to improve working conditions on the shop floor, upgrade IT systems, and improve the base's wastewater treatment plant, among other improvements...
• Multiple benefits of nanotechnology encourages widespread uptake in water, wastewater treatment -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 1, 2007 -- Research and Markets has announces the addition of Frost & Sullivan's "Impact of Nanotechnology in Water and Wastewater Treatment" report to its offering. This Frost & Sullivan research provides an overview of the nanotechnologies in the environmental industry, along with key market drivers, influencing market factors, industry challenges, and analysis of trends witnessed in the industry. This study also provides information on organizations, companies, universities, research institutions, and government labs involved in research and development, with their contact details. Nanotechnology is generally used in areas where there is a need for attacking the molecular level of the substances. The quality of water that is obtained after the adoption of nanotechnology is well within the requirements of agencies such as the EPA. It has been determined that these nano-based filters are able to achieve 99.95% efficiency, when compared to conventional technologies. As a result, the water or effluent that is obtained after the treatment could be reused for various domestic and industrial applications.
Nanotechnology even removes protozoan cysts, oocysts, and helminth ova and in some cases bacteria and viruses from the water. It also provides more effective alternatives to the treatment of contaminants such as mercury, arsenic, and perchlorate...
-- "Stringent environmental legislation drives advances in hazardous waste management"
-- "AQUANOVArReceives Frost & Sullivan award for pioneering solubilization technology"
• Unifin acquires GE companies -- Purchase of GE Heat Transfer and Harley to extend company reach -- LONDON, ON, Canada, Feb. 1, 2007 -- Unifin, a world-leading supplier of cooling equipment and transformer oil pumps and valves to the Power Generation and Power Transformer industries, announces the completion of its GE Heat Transfer and GE Harley acquisitions. Both companies will now be part of Unifin's Cardinal Pumps & Exchangers division. Cardinal Pumps manufactures hundreds of pump configurations used in all of the company's wide range of transformer oil coolers. GE Heat Transfer, in Chesapeake, VA, is a leading supplier of generator cooler products to GE and end-user utilities in North America. Production of its generator hydrogen coolers, air coolers and lube oil coolers will continue in the Virginia facility along with its repair operations. Ed Sapiro has been named as site leader. Tab Shaffer will head up pump operations in Salem and Twinsburg, OH, where Harley and Cardinal are located...
• Colfax Corp. acquires Lubrication Systems Company -- Extends lubrication product portfolio and strengthens hydrocarbon refinery position -- RICHMOND, VA, Jan. 31, 2007 -- Colfax Corp. announced today it has completed its acquisition of Lubrication Systems Company (LSC) in Houston, Texas from shareholders of LSC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. LSC had revenue of approximately $25 million in fiscal year 2006 with 88 associates. The company which was founded in 1968 has manufacturing operations in Houston, Texas and sales and service associates in Baton Rouge, LA; Port Arthur, TX; Tacoma, WA; and Beijing, China. LSC is the leading worldwide provider of centralized oil mist lubrication and lube oil purification systems. The LubriMist® oil mist systems and ThermoJet® oil purification systems are used worldwide, primarily in the hydrocarbon processing industry, to improve the performance and reliability of rotation equipment such as pumps, motors and gear boxes...
• WRT/RMD receives license from NRC for uranium removal from drinking water -- WHEAT RIDGE, CO, Jan. 31, 2007 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued the "first of its kind" Materials License to R.M.D. Operations LLC, a WRT® (Water Remediation Technology LLC) sister company, to remove uranium from drinking water. WRT removes uranium from water using its Z-92™ proprietary Treatment Process. This license allows RMD to store, handle and remove the uranium-loaded treatment media, eliminating the need for water providers to obtain their own NRC license. The WRT approach significantly limits the long-term liability for the water provider. This innovative, multi-site license is the result of a 2-1/2 year endeavor by WRT/RMD to obtain a national license for the 16 NRC-regulated, non-agreement states. Individual water providers will come under RMD's license through a straightforward registration process. WRT provides an environmentally sound solution for the removal of radium and uranium from drinking water using their proprietary treatment processes. WRT's process equipment and long-term, full-service agreements include treatment media, the radioactive licensing, training, handling and disposal of treatment residuals on a guaranteed cost-per-gallon basis. WRT/RMD has radioactive materials licenses already issued in several agreement states where full-scale systems and pilots are operating...
Also see: "California grants license to remove uranium from drinking water"
• MHF Logistical Solutions previews new custom packaging at steelmakers conference -- Will help steelmakers 'be better environmental stewards, at a lower cost,' expert says -- PITTSBURGH, Jan. 31, 2007 -- New industrial packaging materials, designed specifically for the steel industry and other industrial users, will give steelmakers more choices for disposing of waste and byproducts, including new options for recycling, a packaging expert told a recent Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) conference. Kenneth Grumski, director of MHF Logistical Solutions' (MHF-LS) packaging affiliate, previewed the new line of packaging that he said will offer steelmakers more cost-effective options for transporting waste and byproducts, enabling them to send more materials to recycling facilities rather than landfills...
• Tetra Tech wins MSAs valued at up to $20 million to help Cincinnati control CSOs, SSOs -- PASADENA, CA, Jan. 30, 2007 -- Tetra Tech Inc. was selected to provide up to $20 million of wastewater-related as-needed professional consulting services to the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) over two years. Tetra Tech was the only competitor to be awarded Master Services Agreements (MSAs) in five of the MSDGC's service categories. It has already negotiated its first task order under the collection systems category -- the design of the Columbia Parkway Combined Storm Sewer Separation Project...
-- "Tetra Tech awarded $15 million hunters point task order"
-- "Tetra Tech wins $17 million EPA RCRA support contract"
-- "Tetra Tech acquires mining consulting firm"
• BearingPoint completes OracleSPL ERM solution for Orange County Utilities Department -- Implementation replaces disparate legacy systems with consolidated utility billing solution -- MCLEAN, VA, Jan. 30, 2007 -- BearingPoint Inc., one of the world's largest management and technology consulting firms, today announced the completion of a state-of-the-art customer information system based on the Oracle|SPL enterprise revenue management solution for the Orange County Utilities Department, Orange County, Florida. The new system has resulted in enhanced customer service, more efficient revenue management and greater accounting efficiency. By replacing six outdated, inefficient, and unsupported billing systems, BearingPoint was able to provide the utility one comprehensive database, eliminating most duplication issues and enabling Orange County to save its customers money and offer new tools for more efficient revenue management. The new system provides real time access to the utility's financial and customer data, generating a newly formatted utility bill for over 124,000 accounts, 175,000 customers and approximately 1.5 million yearly bills. The system is also providing greater efficiency for account maintenance, accounting service, water, waste water, reclaim water and solid waste data...
• $27.7 million infrastructure investment covers projects in 8 Pennsylvania counties -- Gov. Rendell says state building infrastructure to accomodate economic growth, attract new business -- HARRISBURG, PA, Jan. 30, 2007 -- Announcing more than $27 million of investments to improve the commonwealth's infrastructure, Gov. Edward G. Rendell said today that Pennsylvania is using its resources to support projects that will attract new businesses, private investment, and create opportunities for thousands of residents. The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved funding today for nine water and wastewater projects in eight counties that are designed to create and retain more than 8,600 jobs. Among projects approved, the Morrisville Municipal Authority will receive $4.75 million for wastewater improvements at the U.S. Steel Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township. Also in Bucks County, the Borough of Bristol will receive a total of $3,279,375 to upgrade the sewer plant and the borough's wastewater treatment system to meet expected demand increases from new businesses like Lenox and Zober Industries. The Indiana County commissioners will receive $2,544,956 to upgrade and expand the Blairsville Sewage Treatment Plant in Burrell Township to increase its sewer capacity to meet the growing demands created by recent economic development projects that include a new Ambulatory Care Center, and the expansion of KH Controls Inc. and CQ Inc. The $4.9 million project will help make this growth possible, which is expected to bring more than 100 new jobs to the area...
Also see: "National journal ranks environment among nation's top successes, challenges"
• Foster Wheeler wins coal steam generator for W.Va.'s Longview Power project -- HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 30, 2007-- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that a subsidiary within its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract from Longview Power LLC for the design and supply of a supercritical once-through pulverized coal (PC) steam generator. The generator is for Longview's coal-fired generating facility located in Monongalia County, WV. Longview is a 100%-owned subsidiary of GenPower Holdings L.P., which is jointly owned by GenPower LLC and First Reserve Corp. The Longview plant will be one of the largest private investments in the history of West Virginia. The total contract, which is valued at approximately $200 million, calls for Foster Wheeler to provide Longview with a 695 (net) megawatt electric (MWe) state-of-the-art PC steam generator utilizing Siemens advanced BENSON vertical tube supercritical steam technology...
-- "Umberto Della Sala promoted to president, COO of Foster Wheeler Ltd."
-- "Foster Wheeler awarded contract for world-scale refinery, petrochemicals complex in India"
-- "Foster Wheeler awarded EPC contract for refinery project in Malaysia"
-- "Foster Wheeler wins contract for expansion of Tanzania's Songo Songo Island Gas Processing Facility"
-- "Foster Wheeler wins clean fuels project in Turkey"
• Beckhoff Automation hires new sales manager for Mountain States -- MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2007 -- Beckhoff Automation is pleased to announce that Mark Whitaker has been hired as Regional Sales Manager for states in the U.S. Mountain Time Zone. Based in the Denver area, Whitaker will provide direct sales support to Beckhoff customers located in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. Whitaker has almost 20 years of electrical engineering and controls experience. Prior to joining Beckhoff, Whitaker was a field automation engineer with MSI Tec, an automation controls distributor in the Denver area. He also spent four years at OMRON Electronics as a sales engineer, supporting numerous Fortune 100 manufacturing accounts...
• Fluor receives formal acceptance from DOE on Fernald cleanup -- CINCINNATI, Jan. 29, 2007 -- Fluor Fernald, the contractor responsible for the environmental cleanup and restoration of the former uranium production site outside of Cincinnati, OH, received formal acceptance from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Jan. 22 that its cleanup of the 1,050-acre site is now complete. As part of the cleanup and restoration effort, workers safely demolished hundreds of contaminated buildings, treated and disposed of millions of tons of radioactive waste, and performed extensive soil and groundwater remediation. Fluor' Fernald's team members for the Fernald Closure Project included Jacobs Engineering, Nuclear Fuel Services and EnergySolutions...