WaterBriefs: Pump firm Andress-Walsh opens new branch in Baton Rouge

In other news: Enviro Voraxial to demonstrate separator at Offshore Technology Conference; University Park, Texas, customizes CarteGraph software; and International American Technologies completes buy of controlling interest in Hammonds...

In other news (April 29, 2005):
Enviro Voraxial to demonstrate separator at Offshore Technology Conference
University Park, Texas, customizes CarteGraph software
Int'l American Technologies gains controlling interest in Hammonds

Pump firm Andress-Walsh opens new branch in Baton Rouge
SEAL BEACH, CA, April 29, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- The Andress-Walsh Co., a provider of pumping equipment rentals and sales service in Texas and the Gulf Coast, is expanding into Louisiana by opening a new branch in the Baton Rouge area. The new location is 5240 Gateway Drive, Geismar, LA 70734.

For over 20 years, Andress-Walsh (AW) has provided pumping equipment to customers in the construction, municipal, industrial, petrochemical, and environmental markets. The company is one of the largest Gorman-Rupp pump distributors in the United States. Andress-Walsh's product line supports everything from emptying large detention ponds to bypassing sewer lines under construction. AW has rented and sold pumps to help ballast large barges, to test pipelines and to put out oil well fires. The company has also provided many types and models of pumping equipment to different companies aiding in the reconstruction of Iraq.

In 2000, Baker Tanks, a national leader in liquid and solid containment rentals, based in Seal Beach, Calif., recognized the strength of Andress-Walsh and acquired the company. The acquisition allowed Baker Tanks to enlarge its rental fleet and expand its service territory while maintaining independent management. Baker Tanks manages offices in more than 50 locations, including several in the Gulf Coast region located in: Houston, Freeport, Dallas, Kilgore, Corpus Christi and Beaumont.

Andress-Walsh built its reputation by providing equipment to customers in emergency situations. The company is known for offering a fast response time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. "We work very hard to offer 'positively outrageous service' which includes an oil change and complete service every 300 hours in the field at no additional charge. Our technicians are fully capable of handling the complete design and set-up for the job," says Shane Walsh, division vice president of Andress-Walsh.

This "positively outrageous service" starts before the equipment is even on site. The average age of the rental fleet is less than 3.4 years and all pumping equipment is stored indoors. The Andress-Walsh Company also has a time-proven 40-point maintenance program that ensures that every pump that goes out the door demonstrates the company's total commitment to quality.

Over the years the company has adapted to the evolving markets it serves by adding new models to the rental fleet, stocking new models and parts for resale, and modifying or adding new equipment to continue to serve its broad client base. This has resulted in a rental fleet consisting of more than 60 different models of pumps that are capable of flows to 11,000 GPM and pressures to 365 psi. These models are packaged with different engines, different seals, and different metals and polymers to create a rental fleet that is the most diverse in the industry.

"The secret to our success is that we work very hard to pay attention to the details and we take care of our employees who make the company go. Many of our employees have been with us for over 10 years and know that they are the reason for the company's success. We all demand the best of ourselves and each other, and that translates to outstanding equipment quality and very satisfied customers," said Walsh.

For its newest customers in southeast Louisiana, Andress-Walsh (www.andresswalsh.com) offers more of the same.

Since pioneering the industry over 60 years ago, Baker Tanks (www.bakertanks.com) has grown to become the largest and most experienced liquid and solids containment rental company in the world. Founded in 1942, Baker Tanks focused primarily on renting steel temporary storage tanks to the oil field industry. Today, they inventory over 16,000 pieces of equipment with more than 17 varieties of tanks, roll off boxes, pumps, filtration and specialty equipment. Baker provides innovative solutions to an ever-expanding number of markets that include: Chemical, Manufacturing, Refining, Construction, Municipal, Industrial services, Environmental, Remediation, Power generation, Aerospace, Food processing, Tank terminal/pipeline operations, Transportation, Pulp and paper, Mining, Electronics, Wastewater, and many others.

Enviro Voraxial to demonstrate separator at Offshore Technology Conference
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, April 29, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Enviro Voraxial Technology Inc. will be an exhibitor in Booth 1232 at the 2005 Offshore Technology Conference, which is being held May 2-5 in Houston, Texas.

"Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection." For more information, visit www.otcnet.org.

"The Offshore Technology Conference is a good venue for EVTN to discuss the results of our recent testing and the benefits of the Voraxial Separator for the offshore platforms," said John A. DiBella, Vice President of Enviro Voraxial Technology. "Besides performing a superior separation of crude oil from water, the Voraxial Separator also reduces the space, energy and weight to conduct this separation, making the platform more economical."

Enviro Voraxial Technology Inc.'s (www.evtn.com) patented Voraxial® Separator is a cost-efficient, continuous flow separator that simultaneously separates liquid/liquid, liquid/solid or liquid/liquid/solid mixtures at extremely high flow rates while achieving very high levels of purity. The advantages of the technology over conventional technologies is in its ability to produce a real-time, high "g" centrifugal force to yield a high-purity product or products at a volume of 3 gallons per minute to over 10,000 gallons per minute. This technology is scaleable and nearly universal in its implementation. Although it's applicable to almost any industry separation process, the company is focusing its near-term efforts in the following five vertical markets: municipal wastewater industry, oil exploration and production, oil refineries, mining, and manufacturing.

University Park, Texas, customizes CarteGraph software
DUBUQUE, IA, April 29, 2005 -- In February 2005, the city of University Park, Texas, went live with an enterprise work management system from CarteGraph Systems of Dubuque, Iowa. City administrators felt it was important to supply the best customer service to their citizens and it was this goal that led the city to implement the CarteGraph Suite.

University Park (pop. 23,324), a suburb of Dallas, TX, realized that it needed to find a more efficient software system to track and respond to residents' requests and manage work activities. Each week the city compiles, 'The Friday Report,' which takes all requests made to the city's website and develops a report. With just one touch of a button, the document is developed and given to the City Council. All requests made on the website are on the agenda at the weekly meeting and available to the citizens in the council minutes.

The city is also phasing in other modules for enterprise management solutions across transportation, utility and GIS departments. Other incidental assets are maintained with CarteGraph's VERSAtools.

"We were looking for a simplistic, easy to use software program and found the CarteGraph system a great fit," said Jim Criswell, Director of Information Services for the city of University Park. "The software allows us to generate data reports easily, just by executing our day-to-day responsibilities. I can see that the benefit will continue for years to come."

Besides tracking all Public Works requests, the CarteGraph software has also been customized to track activity in other city departments. University Park believes that this cutting edge technology is a great means of customer management and also has used the software for automatic responses to compliance and code violations, along with event tracking.

CarteGraph (www.cartegraph.com), a provider of public works asset management services, develops software and provides service solutions dedicated to the collection, management and analysis of asset data for Public Works departments. Software and service solutions are available for asset, work and request management as well as GIS integration. CartêGraph software is used worldwide by a diverse group of over 1,000 organizations including small towns, large cities, counties, states and federal agencies, and private firms.

In related news, see: "Santa Barbara implements CarteGraph Software for better government"

International American Technologies completes Hammonds takeover
KEMAH, TX, April 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- International American Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of American International Industries Inc., has completed its acquisition of 51% ownership in Hammonds Technical Services Inc.

The company has made application to NASDAQ to have its shares traded on the OTCBB.

President Gary Woerz stated, "We believe that the combination of the vision of IMTG and Hammonds' diverse mix of industry products promises to deliver exceptional growth and profits through this dynamic partnership. We are pursuing new contracts that will set the stage for significant growth in the near future." Hammonds, founded in 1982, managed and 49% owned by Carl L. Hammonds, is currently projecting 2005 revenues to be from $7 million to $9 million and be profitable during the next twelve months. Hammonds designs, develops, manufactures and sells products in the following areas:

-- Water treatment for municipal and industrial use
-- Fuel handling equipment for the military
-- Fuel additive injection
-- Industrial utility vehicles

For additional information please visit Hammonds' web site: www.hammondscos.com.

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