WaterBriefs: PennWorks invests in 3,000 jobs, $10M in infrastructure projects

Also in this report: AquaShield stormwater systems verified by NJCAT; Arcadis acquires U.S. environmental company; American States Water privatization contract awards include Andrews AFB; Aquatech wins water contract for fifth coal power plant; Baker starts Baker Consulting Services Group; ViryaNet to demonstrate product at Telvent conference; ista acquires metering service provider ROWI; Chlorinators Inc. to celebrate 30th anniversary; Layne Christensen completes Reynolds Inc. acquisition...

In other news below:
-- AquaShield stormwater systems verified by NJCAT
-- Arcadis acquires major U.S. environmental company
-- American States Water privatization contract awards include Andrews AFB
-- Aquatech awarded water contract for fifth coal power plant
-- Baker establishes new business, Baker Consulting Services Group
-- ViryaNet to demonstrate utilities service hub at Telvent User Conference
-- ista acquires metering service provider ROWI
-- Chlorinators Inc. to celebrate 30th anniversary
-- PPG's Lake Charles, La., plant now powering basic infrastructure
-- Layne Christensen announces completion of Reynolds Inc. acquisition
-- Sentinel Solutions begins installing systems for the Land Lease Community
-- HydroFlo portfolio company MARTI values EYII contract at $210,000,000 over two years
-- AirWater Corp. secures order for a container of 129 units of machines for Oman
-- Aspen Rentals supplies needed equipment for New Orleans

Eight PennWorks projects create 3,000 jobs, $10M in infrastructure development
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 30, 2005 -- Commonwealth Financing Authority approves eight PennWorks projects totaling over $9.77 million that will create over 3,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania and boost economic development initiatives. In other news, Pa. invests $850,000 to leverage business development, expansion projects, streamlines process for joint state-federal cleanup of industrial sites, makes Chesapeake Bay watershed grants available...
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AquaShield stormwater systems verified by NJCAT
CHATTANOOGA, TN, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Two of its systems -- the Aqua-Swirl Concentrator and the Aqua-Filter Stormwater Filtration System -- have been performance-verified by the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, a private/public partnership that provides technology innovators with the technical, commercial, and regulatory input needed to bring promising new ideas to market...
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Arcadis acquires major U.S. environmental company
ARNHEM, The Netherlands, Sept. 30, 2005 -- International consulting and engineering company picks up Blasland, Bouck & Lee Inc. (BBL), a Syracuse, N.Y.-based company with 42 offices across the United States, 900 employees and gross revenues of $170 million. It also appoints a new Denver area manager...
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American States Water privatization contract awards include Andrews AFB
SAN DIMAS, CA, Sept. 30, 2005 -- It also will operate water and wastewater systems of Fort Story, Fort Monroe, Fort Eustis and Fort Lee, Virginia. The aggregate award of these contracts is estimated at more than $238 million over a 50-year period. In other news, it renames Southern California Water Co., Arden-Cordova Water Service and California Cities Water Co. -- now collectively known as Golden State Water Co...
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Aquatech awarded water contract for fifth coal power plant
CANONSBURG, PA, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Bechtel Power Corp. deal is for design and supply of equipment that will treat water from Lake Michigan to be used as boiler feed water for the planned expansion of the Oak Creek Power Plant Elm Road Generating Station. In other news, firm completes Arab desal plant, water treatment system for Minn. biomass fueled power plant, zero liquid discharge system for Calif. power plant...
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Baker establishes new business, Baker Consulting Services Group
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Michael Baker Corp. creates a new operating unit, Baker Consulting Services Group, and names William E. Begley to head it. It will become involved with clients and projects in both the company's engineering and energy business segments. In other news, Baker announces alliance with Acquis to provide real-time location-based information services...
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ViryaNet to demonstrate utilities service hub at Telvent User Conference
SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, Sept. 30, 2005 -- The provider of integrated mobile and web-based software applications for workforce management and field service delivery will be demonstrating its product, Service Hub for Utilities, at Telvent's upcoming 2005 Users' Group Conference. The event will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Fairmont Banff Sprint in Banff, Alberta, Canada. In other news, the company also will integrate its Service Hub for Utilities with Miner & Miner's Responder product...
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ista acquires metering service provider ROWI
ESSEN, Germany, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Specialist in billing of energy, water and ancillary costs acquires ROWI Heizkostenverteiler GmbH located in Bad Oeynhausen near Bielefeld, Germany. The metering service provider in East Westphalia was established in 1968 and recorded sales of US$3 million in 2004 with 20 employees and more than 50,000 dwellings billed. In other news, ista expands its contract with Aradyme due to project successes...
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Chlorinators Inc. to celebrate 30th anniversary
STUART, FL, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Manufacturer of the REGAL gas chlorinator marks three decades in business on Oct. 22. Starting out in the swimming pool industry in 1975, the company has grown over the years to provide water and wastewater disinfection to various industries...
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In other news headlines:
PPG's Lake Charles, La., plant now powering basic infrastructure; No timetable for resumption of production -- PITTSBURGH, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Employees at PPG Industries' Lake Charles, La., chemicals complex restored power today, enabling the chlor-alkali facility to generate the minimum amount of electricity needed for the plant's basic infrastructure. Senior vice president of chemicals, Kevin Sullivan said the company remains uncertain when production will resume in the wake of Hurricane Rita, which forced the plant to shut down last Thursday as the Category 3 storm neared southwestern Louisiana...

Layne Christensen announces completion of Reynolds Inc. acquisition -- MISSION WOODS, KS, Sept. 30, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Layne Christensen Co. announced today it has closed the acquisition of Reynolds Inc. Founded in the mid-1930s, Reynolds, a privately held company, is a major supplier of products and services to the water and wastewater industries. Business lines include design/build water and wastewater treatment plants, water supply wells, Ranney collector wells, water intakes and transmission lines. In addition, Reynolds' Inliner Division is one of the largest providers of cured in place pipe (CIPP) services for sewer line rehabilitation in the United States. Reynolds had combined revenues of about $185 million and EBITDA of about $18 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30. Backlog of future projects for Reynolds today stands at about $235 million....

Sentinel Solutions begins installing systems for the Land Lease Community -- TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sentinel Solutions Inc., an emerging company in water monitoring for addressing safety and toxicity for public health, has begun installing the Water Sentinel System (WSS) in Land Lease Communities. The first WSS that is to be installed for the Land Lease Community will be implemented in the "home" community of Ontario Manufactured Home Association (OMHA)-executive director James Brothers...

HydroFlo portfolio company MARTI values EYII contract at $210,000,000 over two years -- RALEIGH, NC, Sept. 28, 2005 (MARKET WIRE) -- Metals & Arsenic Removal Technology Inc. (MARTI), a portfolio company of HydroFlo Inc., has placed a value on its EYII contract announced yesterday (based on 8K filed by EYII) at $210,000,000 over the next two years. The filters and pitchers -- using ARTI-64™ media -- will be distributed throughout China...

AirWater Corp. secures order for a container of 129 units of machines for Oman -- MIAMI, FL, Sept. 27, 2005 (MARKET WIRE) -- Universal Communication Systems Inc. subsidiary AirWater Corp. company president Michael Zwebner announced today that the company has received the first order for a container of 129 units of SOHO machines from a newly signed distributor in Oman, in the Persian Gulf...

Aspen Rentals supplies needed equipment for New Orleans -- FREEPORT, TX, Sep. 27 (E-Wire) -- Aspen Rentals Ltd., a leader in the rental of interim dewatering equipment for municipal wastewater plants, reported Sept. 19 that it may play in key role in getting New Orleans wastewater plants up and running. As the New Orleans wastewater plants try to begin processing the vast amounts of wastewater in the sewer systems, interim sludge handling equipment will be an essential piece of the puzzle. The sludge dewatering equipment located at all the New Orleans wastewater plants will be in dire need of repairs before they can be utilized...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: NSF secures new contract with U.S. Air Force" -- Also in this report (Sept. 29, 2005): Veolia, North American companies donate $1M to Katrina relief; Veolia wins nearly $1B water management contract in China; CalWater names acting CFO during investigation; Mayors' water survey cites catastrophic events, severe water shortage; Va. developer agrees to restore destroyed wetlands; Canadian church groups launch campaign on global access to clean drinking water ; Walkerton Clean Water Centre drinking water operator courses start November; UN symposium explores space research as tool for better water resource management...

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