July 2013, Vol. 25, No.7

Business

Siemens (Munich) acquired Kineo CAM (Toulouse, France), a provider of computer-aided motion (CAM) software. The newly acquired company’s software products are delivered as application software to users and as software libraries to computer-aided design and CAM software vendors and original equipment manufacturers of advanced robotic systems. 

Kineo CAM will be assigned to the Siemens’ PLM Software business unit. The purchase price was not disclosed. 

Niagara Blower Co.
( Buffalo, N.Y. ) — a design–build manufacturer providing engineered solutions to heat-transfer applications at power, process, and refining plants — acquired the vacant building and adjacent property at 91 Sawyer Ave. in Tonawanda Town, N.Y. The 9290-m 2 (100,000-ft 2 ) manufacturing and office facility will become the new headquarters for Niagara Blower and Kathabar Dehumidification Systems, one of the company’s subsidiaries. 

GDF Suez Energy Resources NA
(Houston), a nonresidential retail electricity supplier in the U.S., named Danielle R. Wilks regional vice president, PJM, Mid-Atlantic. Wilks will oversee the management of customer relationships in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. 

Richard Allan
joined Marten Law (Portland, Ore.) as a partner. He has more than 20 years of experience representing utilities, developers, and other northwestern U.S. businesses with environmental, land use, and natural resource issues. He also is experienced in the acquisition; siting; expansion; and operation of power, manufacturing, and real estate projects. 

Mesa Consolidated Water District
(Costa Mesa, Calif.) named James R. Fisler president and Shawn Dewane first-vice president of its board of directors. As the representative for the district’s Division 2, Fisler was appointed to the board in 2009, elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2012. Since March 2010, he has served as president of the Mesa Consolidated Water District Improvement Corp. representing Division 5, the southeast section of the district’s service area. Dewane was appointed to the board of directors in 2005, elected in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. He is chairman of CalDesal (Sacramento, Calif.), a private nonprofit organization that advocates for clean, safe, reliable drinking water for California through environmentally responsible water desalination. 

The
Layne Christensen Co. (Mission Woods, Kan.) board of directors approved relocation of the company’s global corporate headquarters from Mission Woods to The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. The move is expected to be completed by this winter and will involve most executive positions, as well as other management and staff. Most senior executives from the company’s six divisions will consolidate into the new headquarters. 

To meet the needs of San Diego’s growing population, the city completed a major expansion and upgrade of its oldest water treatment plant, increasing its capacity 67% by converting to state-of-the-art ozone disinfection. In recognition of this achievement, the
Alvarado Water Treatment Plant Ozone Upgrade and Expansion Project was honored with the American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.) 2013 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award. Upgrading and expanding the existing conventional treatment processes involved new pretreatment (flocculation and sedimentation basins) and dual-media filters, as well as a new replacement clear well. 

Steve Guttenplan
joined the board of directors of Woodard & Curran ( Duluth, Ga. ), an integrated engineering, science, and operations company. Guttenplan is a former president of the engineering firm Metcalf & Eddy/AECOM (Los Angeles) and also served as global chief technology officer and executive vice president for AECOM Water (Los Angeles). 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
( Providence, R.I. ) promoted Bruce H. Tobey to partner. Tobey joined the firm as a member of the municipal infrastructure team. He focuses on representing local and regional governments in public contracts, water law, solid waste management, and environmental law and litigation. In January, he was elected president of the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association (Boston). 

Jack C. Dozier
received the Lifetime Achievement award in the E3 Awards sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his dedication in the preservation of water resources. For more than 30 years, Dozier has been a protector of water. During his 15 years at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and 23 years as executive director of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (Marietta), he has played a key role in improving Georgia’s water quality. 

The U.S. Water Alliance (Washington, D.C.) honored three winners with the 2013 U.S. Water Prize.
Onondaga County, N.Y., was honored for its Save the Rain program, a combined sewer overflow abatement/water quality program focused on balancing the use of conventional wastewater/stormwater treatment technologies with advanced, innovative green infrastructure best management practices. The Freshwater Trust (Portland, Ore.), a nonprofit organization, was honored for its collaborative market-based solutions to restore and protect rivers and streams. MillerCoors (Chicago) was honored for its innovative and comprehensive strategies to protect and conserve water. 

The U.S. Water Prize, first launched in 2011, underscores the value of water and the need for one-water integration, innovation, and collaboration among environmental, business, utility, and community leaders. 

3M (St. Paul, Minn.) and Russell NDE/PICA Corp. (Edmonton, Alberta), a provider of direct condition assessment of pipelines through the use of in-line inspection tools, announced a strategic marketing alliance that offers utilities a holistic approach to trenchless drinking-water-pipe rehabilitation and asset management. The alliance will enable the companies to co-market each other’s products and services throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The products and services available through the alliance enable trenchless and minimally disruptive water-main infrastructure repair. 

CH2M Hill
(Englewood, Colo.) was recognized for four of its environmental and climate change projects in the annual Business Achievement Awards program sponsored by the Environmental Business Journal and Climate Change Business Journal. Among the awards it received was recognition for the climate change adaptation role on the Smart Water NowSM project in Charlotte, N.C. 

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (Washington, D.C.) Local Water Tool for business, which CH2M Hill helped develop, also was recognized with a Business Achievement Award for social contribution. 

Aquionics (Erlanger, Ky.), a manufacturer and developer of ultraviolet technology for progressive nonchemical disinfection and microbiological control, promoted Paul Ropic to vice president of technology. Ropic will work closely with the company’s subsidiaries Hanovia and Berson to coordinate new product research and development efforts and lead the expansion of the company’s product portfolio. 

Headworks International Inc. (Houston), a global provider of advanced wastewater treatment processes and equipment for municipal and industrial facilities, appointed three industry leaders to its board of directors. 

Larry Magor was appointed chairman of the board as a nonexecutive director. He has more than 20 years of management experience in the water and environmental sectors. Prior to his appointment, he was executive director and CEO of Biwater Holdings Ltd (Dorking, England), which designs, builds, and operates water companies, water supplies, effluent treatment, and desalination plants. Debra Coy joined the board as a nonexecutive director and chair of the audit committee. She has more than 20 years of experience as a research analyst covering the water industry for Wall Street firms. Ian Fagelson also joined the board as a nonexecutive director. He is a senior partner in the London office of Reed Smith (Pittsburgh), a global law firm. 

Jeff Theerman has joined Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.) as a vice president on the company’s utility performance practice team. The team is focused on helping organizations integrate best practices and proactively meet the needs of their customers. 

RWL Water Group (New York), a global water solutions provider, signed an agreement to acquire the key assets of Tipton Environmental International Inc. (Batavia, Ohio), a designer and manufacturer of activated sludge packaged wastewater treatment plants. Tipton is a subsidiary of Aeromix Inc. ( Melbourne, Fla. ), a systems engineering and electronics development company. The acquisition includes system designs, reference lists, the existing customer base, and the hiring of key employees into Aeromix. 

Michael Drennan has joined Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) as the company’s watershed management practice leader for the West region. He will be based in Southern California. He will be conducting and supervising work related to watershed management, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting, stormwater quality monitoring and management, and stormwater resources infrastructure planning and funding. 

Dewberry (Fairfax, Va.), a privately held professional services firm, hired Lynne Putnam as a senior program manager in the Baltimore office. She will be responsible for managing water and wastewater projects and pursuits, focusing on innovative technical work, schedule adherence, and project quality. She has more than 30 years of experience.