WaterBriefs: Pentair Partners With ITT Industries to form FARADYNE Motors LLC

Also in this report: Degremont, Zenon win US$260M contract for Qatar wastewater plant; American Water names interim CEO; Panichella appointed Hercules VP, Aqualon president; Aqua Society changes CEO; Chemtura hikes BioLab industrial water additives prices; SmartDitch.com reaches thousands; $150K for York County, Pa., stormwater plan; Fisher Biosciences, Alfa Laval partner for disposable bioprocessing; Terasen launches meter testing facility; OMNOVA plants honored; Filtros granted patent...

Dec 15th, 2005

In other news below:
-- Degremont, Zenon win US$260M contract for wastewater treatment plant in Qatar
-- American Water names George Mackenzie interim CEO
-- Panichella appointed as Hercules VP and Aqualon president
-- Aqua Society Inc. announces CEO change
-- Chemtura increases prices on BioLab industrial water additives
-- SmartDitch.com reaches thousands facing water flow challenges
-- Globetech Environmental completes Beiseker plant acquisition
-- PA Gov. announces $150,000 for York County stormwater management plan
-- Hitachi, Hitachi Plant sign corporate split agreement
-- Wataire Industries Inc. announces confirmation of pending patent
-- Fisher Biosciences partners with Alfa Laval to provide disposable bioprocessing systems
-- Terasen Utility Services, Terasen Measurement launch patent-pending gas meter testing
-- OMNOVA facilities recognized for environmental, health, safety and security achievement
-- Filtros Ltd granted U.S. patent for all-ceramic gas diffuser

Pentair partners with ITT Industries to form FARADYNE Motors LLC
GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, Dec. 15, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Pentair Inc. has entered into a joint venture agreement with ITT Industries Inc. to create FARADYNE Motors LLC, a separate and stand-alone company. FARADYNE will design, develop and manufacture submersible pump motors for these two water technology leaders. Manufacturing will begin in 2006.

Charles M. Brown, Pentair president and chief operating officer for the pump and pool markets, said that the joint venture is consistent with Pentair's strategic sourcing disciplines. "Establishing FARADYNE is a win-win proposition for Pentair and its customers," he said. "This will enhance the quality and dependability of our already best-in-class pump products while contributing to long-term cost and supply stability for our customers. FARADYNE is another example of Pentair's continued commitment to deliver customers safe, clean water."

FARADYNE Motors is managed by a six-member governance board. It will be headquartered in Newark, N.Y.. The terms of the joint venture agreement extend for five years.

Brown added, "Fundamental changes by our previous motor supplier last fall motivated Pentair to consider sourcing options. We believe FARADYNE Motors will bring to market the most reliable and competitive submersible pump motor."

Pentair (www.pentair.com) is a diversified operating company headquartered in Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair's Enclosures Group is a leader in the global enclosures market, designing and manufacturing standard, modified and custom enclosures that house and protect sensitive electronics and electrical components. With 2004 revenues of $2.28 billion, or $2.76 billion on a pro forma basis, Pentair has approximately 13,000 employees worldwide.

ITT Industries Inc. (www.itt.com) supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: fluid and water management including water treatment; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; electronic interconnects and switches; and other specialty products. With headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated $6.8 billion in 2004 sales.
Also see: "ITT Industries enters joint venture agreement with Pentair to create motor company"

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Among other recent headlines:
Degremont, Zenon win US$260M contract for wastewater treatment plant in Qatar -- OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 15, 2005 -- The state of Qatar Public Works Authority awarded Degremont a contract to design, build and operate for 10 years the country's largest wastewater treatment facility. The 135,000 m3 per day plant, located twenty kilometers west of Doha, is designed for reuse of the treated water. The facility will serve 500,000 people and is scheduled to come online mid-2008. The DBO (Design, Build, Operate) contract, Degremont's first for wastewater treatment in the Arabian Gulf, is worth US$260 million -- which includes US$180 million for its operation. The contract will be performed as a 50/50 joint venture between Degremont and its Japanese partner Marubeni Corp. and its operation is also awarded to Degremont-Marubeni, on a 70/30 basis, for a 10 year period. Zenon Environmental will be providing its proprietary ZeeWeed membranes for tertiary treatment...

American Water names George Mackenzie interim CEO -- VOORHEES, NJ, Dec. 15, 2005 -- American Water, the largest provider of water services in North America, has appointed George MacKenzie as interim president and CEO of American Water, effective Jan. 1. He'll report directly to Harry Roels, CEO of RWE AG, American Water's corporate parent. MacKenzie has been a member of the American Water Board since August 2003 and also has served as chair of the Audit Committee since February 2004...

Panichella appointed as Hercules VP and Aqualon president -- WILMINGTON, DE, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Hercules Inc. announced that John E. Panichella will be joining Hercules as vice president of Hercules Inc. and president of its Aqualon Business Unit effective Jan.1. He'll report to Hercules president and CEO Craig A. Rogerson. Most recently, Panichella was vice president and Americas general manager for GE Water and Process Technologies. He worked for BetzDearborn prior to that...

Aqua Society Inc. announces CEO change -- HERTEN, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Aqua Society Inc. announced that Peter Lodestijn has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the company. He replaces Achim Stamm, who'll remain as its chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary. Lodestijn has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer in the Netherlands specializing in the areas of distribution, licensing and intellectual property....

Chemtura increases prices on BioLab industrial water additives -- MIDDLEBURY, CT, Dec. 15, 2005 -- BioLab Water Additives, a unit of Chemtura -- which was formed earlier this year by the merger between Compton and Great Lakes Chemical -- will make the several pricing changes globally, effective Jan. 1, or as contracts allow...
Also see: "EU fines likely for Bayer, Chemtura for rubber chemical price fixing" (Int'l Herald Tribune)

SmartDitch.com reaches thousands facing water flow challenges -- PORTAGE, WI, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Hundreds who face erosion control, irrigation and stormwater runoff challenges are flocking to SmartDitch.com. The website allows users to experience SmartDitch and how it can be applied to fix water management problems like irrigation, erosion control and stormwater runoff. It attracts over 700 unique visitors each month, and about a fifth return to check back for content updates, which are posted frequently. More than 13,000 pages have been loaded since its launch in May 2005...

Globetech Environmental completes Beiseker plant acquisition -- CALGARY, Alberta, Canada, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Globetech Environmental Inc. announced yesterday that it had completed its purchase of Beiseker Medical Waste Treatment Facility...

PA Gov. announces $150,000 for York County stormwater management plan -- HARRISBURG, PA, Dec. 14, 2005 -- Gov. Edward G. Rendell awarded nearly $150,000 to help York County prepare a solution to protect its water resources and support local development. The unchecked runoff of stormwater from development in a watershed can increase flooding; overtax stream and storm sewer capacity, make it more expensive for public facilities to carry and control stormwater, make groundwater recharging more difficult, and impair water quality...

Hitachi, Hitachi Plant sign corporate split agreement -- TOKYO, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Plant Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. have signed a corporate split agreement based on the purport of a memorandum of understanding signed Oct. 24 to spin off the company. This move is part of actions being taken to integrate Hitachi Group businesses to strengthen the social and industrial infrastructure systems business. Separately today, Hitachi Plant, Hitachi Kiden Kogyo, Ltd. and Hitachi Industries Co., Ltd. signed a merger agreement. This integration will bring together the monozukuri (manufacturing), engineering and work-site capabilities of the companies concerned in the fields of engineering, design and production, construction and services of industrial machinery, large scale air-conditioning systems, water treatment systems, industrial plants, cranes and environmental facilities and systems...
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Wataire Industries Inc. announces confirmation of pending patent -- VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, Dec. 14, 2005 -- Wataire Industries Inc., an international company focusing on developing and delivering technology-based water harvesting systems worldwide, announced that the its Provisional Patent serial number 60/712,417 filed with the U.S. Patent Office on August 31, 2005, is now confirmed to be "Patent Pending." The company's patent attorney from the firm Smart & Biggar Fetherstonhaugh & Co. described the patent as a "device & method for treating air and water, in water-from-air systems for biofilm management"...

Fisher Biosciences partners with Alfa Laval to provide disposable bioprocessing systems for Haemacure -- LOGAN, UT, Dec. 14, 2005 -- Fisher Biosciences, through its HyClone business, will partner with Alfa Laval to provide single-use bioprocessing systems for Haemacure's new manufacturing facility for Hemaseel® biological adhesives in Sarasota, Fla. These bioprocessing systems are marketed and sold by Alfa Laval under an exclusive agreement with HyNetics®, a joint venture between Alfa Laval and HyClone. The contract with Haemacure marks one of the first major installations of HyNetics technology for large-scale bioprocessing. Haemacure has selected Alfa Laval to provide all of the detailed engineering for its new facility as well as selection of the production equipment. The core bioprocessing equipment for the operation will be the HyNetics single-use mixing technology, which features control fixtures and hardware manufactured by Alfa Laval and disposable elements manufactured by HyClone...

Terasen Utility Services, Terasen Measurement launch patent-pending gas meter testing -- MILWAUKEE, WI, Dec. 14, 2005 -- Terasen Utility Services and Terasen Measurement, announce the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Triple Point meter testing facility that uses patent-pending technology to test flow meters using carbon dioxide. An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the facility in Penticton, BC, Canada, in November...

OMNOVA Solutions chemicals facilities recognized for environmental, health, safety and security achievement -- FAIRLAWN, OH, Dec. 13 -- -- The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) recognized all five of OMNOVA Solutions' Performance Chemicals facilities with 2005 Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) Achievement Awards. The awards were presented to OMNOVA at the association's 84th annual dinner and reception held in New York City on December 12. OMNOVA's Chester, S.C.; Calhoun, Ga.; Fitchburg, Mass.; Green Bay, Wis.; and Mogadore, Ohio plants were honored...

Filtros Ltd granted U.S. patent for all-ceramic gas diffuser -- E. ROCHESTER, NY, Dec. 13, 2005 -- Filtros Ltd has been issued a U.S. Patent for an all-ceramic gas diffuser for use in water and wastewater treatment, the company announced Nov. 28. This one-piece design is formed of a gas permeable porous alumina diffuser ceramically bonded at high temperatures to an impervious ceramic holder yielding a corrosion resistant product. Stainless steel components, polymer gaskets and cements of any kind have been eliminated...

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