WaterBriefs: Pentair adds corporate president, COO position

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In other news below:
-- EPA names director of National Homeland Security Research Center
-- Malcolm Pirnie to lead AwwaRF team developing hydraulic model guidelines
-- ADB Conference aiming to boost investment to meet Asia's water challenges
-- Baysaver sponsors stormwater short course with Dr. Gary Minton
-- New corporate headquarters for ADAPCO Inc.
-- STI's Automation Products Group is now Automation Products Group Inc.
-- SonTek/YSI announces location of 2007 International Users Conference
-- Market for electrostatic precipitator service, parts growing faster than hardware

Michael V. Schrock named president, COO for Pentair -- New structure streamlines company leadership -- GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, Sep 27, 2006 -- Pentair has created a new leadership structure, and appointed Michael V. Schrock to the newly created role of president and chief operating officer for Pentair. Schrock, 53, will report to chairman and CEO Randall J. Hogan. Under the new structure, Schrock will accelerate the implementation of Pentair's operating disciplines, including lean enterprise, aimed at driving improved margins and organic growth. He'll also assume responsibility for all of Pentair's operating segments, continuing to lead the Technical Products group, which he has done since October 2001, and Pentair's Filtration business, which he has been responsible for since October 2005, while gaining responsibility for the remaining Water businesses. Pentair vice chairman Richard J. Cathcart will still be responsible for global growth, strategy and acquisitions. The new structure eliminates the post of president and COO of the Pump and Pool & Spa businesses, a job held by Charles M. Brown since April 2005. Brown left Pentair to pursue other opportunities...
Also see: "Soft North American pool equipment market, distributor inventory adjustments prompt Pentair to revise EPS guidance for 3Q, FY 2006"

EPA names director of National Homeland Security Research Center -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 27, 2006 -- Jonathan Herrmann, who joined the agency in 1975, was named as director of the EPA's National Homeland Security Research Center, which is based in Cincinnati, OH. The center manages, coordinates, and supports homeland security research and technical assistance efforts, developing the scientific foundations to prevent or manage threats. Efforts focus on developing methods to clean up contaminated buildings, protecting the nation's drinking water supply, and improving techniques to assess risk...
Also see:
-- "Former Director of Preparedness Programs for the Department of Homeland Security Joins CNA Corporation"
-- "Department of Homeland Security Awards $399 Million in Grants to Secure the Nation's Critical Infrastructure"

Malcolm Pirnie to lead AwwaRF team developing hydraulic model guidelines -- CINCINNATI, Sept. 27, 2006 -- The Awwa Research Foundation is funding a research project led by Malcolm Pirnie Inc., with HDR and the University of Exeter, to develop guidance on creating, calibrating and applying hydraulic models for water distribution systems. Water utilities are using hydraulic models for a variety of applications and there's a great need for modeling guidance. This project will develop guidelines for a variety of uses, including capital improvements planning, water quality, and operational studies...
Also see:
-- "HDR Tapped as Part of International Water Research Team"
-- "HDR Part of Team to Present Secure Border Initiative Program"

ADB Conference aiming to boost investment to meet Asia's water challenges -- MANILA, The Philippines, Sept. 27, 2006 - A Water Financing Program Conference opened yesterday at ADB's Manila Headquarters aiming to accelerate water investments for the five participating countries. The conference brings together central and line agency high-level representatives from India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Viet Nam, including experts on urban, rural, and basin water issues, as well as finance and planning ministry officials. Over two days, they will discuss barriers to water investment, practical strategies to overcoming the barriers, ADB products and services that can help them, and opportunities for water investments. In 2002, about 700 million people in the Asia and Pacific region were still without safe water supplies and some 2 billion had inadequate or no toilet facilities. Investments to provide people with safe drinking water and decent toilet facilities, to allocate and preserve water resources, and to properly manage wastewater have fallen seriously behind demands...
Also see:
-- "Ex-Japanese PM Mori launches regional network to tackle water issues"
-- "Ex-Japanese PM to launch Water Forum for Asia and Pacific"

Baysaver sponsors stormwater short course with Dr. Gary Minton "Stormwater Treatment -- How It Works, Meeting the Challenge of Today's Regulations" to be presented Nov. 29-30 by stormwater textbook author -- MOUNT AIRY, MD, Sept. 27, 2006 -- BaySaver Technologies Inc. and renowned industry expert Dr. Gary Minton, P.E., team together to offer a two-day short course, "Stormwater Treatment -- How It Works," November 29 and 30, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendees will learn about the most up-to-date stormwater treatment solutions in the industry, receive valuable printed reference materials to take back to the office, and earn up to 1.4 CEU credits. The short course was designed by Dr. Minton specifically for stormwater professionals, civil and environmental engineers and consultants, public works representatives and regulators, environmental facilitators, property owners, developers and contractors who want to know more about stormwater treatment, how it works, where it's going, and how to comply with tightening regulations...

New corporate headquarters for ADAPCO Inc. -- SANFORD, FL, Sept. 27, 2006 -- ADAPCO Inc., the world's largest provider of mosquito control products and services, moved into its new 15,000-square-foot corporate headquarters on September 22. Located just down the road from its old facility, and still within the limits of Sanford, Fl., ADAPCO's new headquarters provides more than double the office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The large property will accommodate the company's current 35 employees, and will allow for future expansion. Construction for the building began last spring with a groundbreaking during which ADAPCO President Allen Wooldridge dedicated it to the hard-working employees of the 21-year-old company...

STI's Automation Products Group is now Automation Products Group Inc. -- LOGAN, UT, Sept. 27, 2006 -- Scientific Technologies Inc. (STI) has sold its Automation Products Group to Automation Products Group Inc. (APG), a new company formed as a result of STI Safety Products Group's recent merger with a subsidiary of Japan-based Omron Corp. APG Inc. serves the process industries including oil and gas, vehicle services, vendor managed inventory, semiconductor, and vehicle services with a diversified offering of sensing technologies. Products include ultrasonic sensors, level, pressure sensing, data monitors, telemetry, and flow sensors and controls...
Also see: "Scientific Technologies Inc. agrees to sell its Safety Products Group to Omron Corp. through corporate merger"

SonTek/YSI announces location of 2007 International Users Conference -- SAN DIEGO, CA, Sept. 27, 2007 -- SonTek/YSI, in partnership with Qualitas Instruments, yesterday announced plans to host its third annual international users conference, Jan. 24-26, 2007, in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. The 2007 International Water Resources User Forum will feature presentations from respected practitioners of acoustic Doppler techniques from around the world. It is an event traditionally designed for coastal and inland water-resource users of acoustic Doppler instruments, which allows participants to share practical experience and applications with other enthusiasts, as well as provide valuable insight to new users to the technology. Those who attend will have the opportunity to interact with over two-dozen presenters, and learn more about what others around the world are doing to solve specific monitoring applications...

Market for electrostatic precipitator service, parts growing faster than hardware -- NORTHFIELD, IL, Sept. 27, 2006 -- The market for electrostatic precipitators is growing despite the fact that fabric filters are taking an ever increasing market share. Fortunately, the total market is growing fast enough to compensate for the share losses. This is the forecast contained in Electrostatic Precipitator World Markets, an online continually updated service of the McIlvaine Company. Precipitator parts and service is potentially a $4.5 billion/year business of which $1.5 billion is parts and $3 billion is operation and maintenance (O&M)...

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