WaterBriefs: Mar Cor Purification acquires Fluid Solutions Inc.

Also in this report: Philadelphia Mixing Solutions chooses environmental general manager; Frost & Sullivan announces 'Excellence in Industrial Technologies' awards; LeHigh professor wins global research award for nanotech studies; Armtec to distribute CONTECH Stormwater products; Gorman-Rupp unveils new website; OMWA says water report flawed; Several EPA water rules due this year; Japan water resource market reports released; GE's Predator program helps refineries reduce crude oil costs...

In other news below:
-- Philadelphia Mixing Solutions chooses new general manager of Environmental Division
-- Frost & Sullivan announces 'Excellence in Industrial Technologies' awards
-- LeHigh professor receives Humboldt Research Award for nanotechnology studies
-- Armtec reaches distribution agreement with CONTECH Stormwater
-- Gorman-Rupp unveils new web address
-- OMWA says Ontario water report dangerously flawed
-- Several final, proposed federal water rules due this year
-- Fuji Keizai releases reports on water resource market in Japan
-- GE's Predator program helps refineries reduce crude oil costs

Cantel Medical's Mar Cor Purification subsidiary acquires Fluid Solutions Inc. -- Move extends its water purification reach into New England -- LITTLE FALLS, NJ, May 2, 2006 -- Cantel Medical Corp., through its Mar Cor Purification subsidiary, has expanded its infection prevention and control business in water treatment by purchasing the assets of Fluid Solutions Inc. Fluid Solutions, based in Lowell, MA, designs, manufactures, installs and services high quality, high purity water systems for use in biotech, pharmaceutical, research, hospitals, and semiconductor environments. For the year ended April 30, Fluid Solutions generated approximately $5 million in revenue.

Andrew A. Krakauer, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Cantel, stated, "Fluid Solutions' strong brand name in New England, superb service capability and a proven track record of innovative design, is a perfect fit for our Mar Cor Purification subsidiary. Through this acquisition we have added an additional outstanding team and base of business in a highly desirable region - one with great concentration of life sciences companies as well as healthcare and research institutions. We anticipate growing our business in Fluid Solutions' key markets, as well as expanding further into the healthcare and industrial arena. We foresee a number of operating synergies that will help drive both top line and bottom line performance."

Mar Cor Purification will be retaining the employees of Fluid Solutions, including its founder and president, Brian Hagopian, who has entered into a three-year employment agreement. Hagopian has worked in the water industry since 1981.

Fluid Solutions (www.fluid-solutions.com), founded in 1989, designs and manufactures high purity water systems, conducts installation and testing, performs maintenance, and provides resin regeneration services. The company has developed a reputation of providing high purity water for high end water users and has deployed systems in biotech, pharmaceutical, research, hospitals, semiconductor and other industrial settings. It was a wholly-owned subsidiary of DENS Partners Inc.

Cantel Medical Corp. (www.cantelmedical.com) is a leading provider of infection prevention and control products in the healthcare market. Its products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for renal dialysis and endoscopy, dialysate concentrates and other dialysis supplies, disposable infection control products primarily for the dental industry, endoscopy and surgical products, water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products for medical and non-medical applications, and specialty packaging for infectious and biological specimens. The company also sells scientific instrumentation products, provides technical maintenance for its products and offers compliance training services for the transport of infectious and biological specimens. For more on Mar Cor Purification, see www.marcorpurification.com.

Also see: "Antitrust lawsuit against Cantel's Minntech subsidiary is dismissed"

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Among other recent headlines:

Philadelphia Mixing Solutions chooses new general manager of Environmental Division -- PALMYRA, PA, May 2, 2006--Philadelphia Mixing Solutions (PMSL) welcomes Dave Fix as general manager of the Environmental Division. Fix brings with him over 20 years of business development, sales and leadership experience. This includes C&D Technologies -- an energy storage and conversion provider, Pyron Corp. -- a metal powder producer, and IDEX Corp. -- a diverse provider and marketer of pumps and industrial products. His time at these industrial companies where products were differentiated primarily on strong technical appeal and solid business relationships will beneficial to the PMSL community. His initial focus will be streamlining sales execution, increasing field presence and forging new levels of representative support. Dave will also work closely with the R&D Division to develop new products and technologies for water treatment, wastewater treatment and aeration...
Also see: "New Philadelphia Mixing Solutions' website is up and running"

Frost & Sullivan honors companies for 'Excellence in Industrial Technologies' -- PALO ALTO, CA, May 2, 2006 -- Frost & Sullivan honored companies for outstanding performance in industrial markets at last week's Excellence in Industrial Technologies Awards Banquet and Networking Sessions held in Orlando, FL. The recipients of these Awards have identified emerging trends before they have become the standard in the marketplace and have created advanced technologies that will catalyze industries in the near future. An open networking session preceding the presentations allowed the recipient companies to develop and strengthen business relationships. Among the award winners were:
-- Danfoss Turbocor - 2006 HVAC&R Compressors Technology Leadership of the Year Award
-- Emerson Process Management -- 2006 Industrial Automation & Process Control Company of the Year Award
-- GE Security - 2006 Homeland Security Company of the Year Award
-- Honeywell - 2006 Industrial Automation & Process Control Product Innovation Leadership of the Year Award
-- Infilco Degremont - 2006 U.S. Emerging Water & Wastewater Treatment Technology Innovation of the Year Award
-- Siemens AG - 2006 Automation Solutions Company of the Year Award
-- WR3 Technologies Inc. - 2005 U.S. Sludge & Odor Treatment Equipment Technology Innovation of the Year Award

LeHigh professor receives Humboldt Research Award for nanotechnology studies -- Prestigious international recognition from Germany to extend university's research network in nanotechnology -- BETHLEHEM, PA, May 2, 2006--Martin Harmer, director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN) at Lehigh University, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists by Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The international honor, one of the most prestigious given by Germany, recognizes Harmer's lifetime research achievements in materials science and engineering. Harmer, a professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh, is world-renowned for his studies of the properties of structural and electronic ceramic materials and their control at the micro- and nanoscale. He is particularly interested in developing novel transparent materials and nanomaterials with multi-functional properties. "Our facilities provide us with unmatched capability in nanocharacterization, " he says. "But it is when these facilities support adjacent research interests -- the search for more effective methods to target drugs directly at tumors, the efforts to remove harmful pollutants from ground water -- that the possibilities and significance of nanoscale engineering really take shape"...
Also see:
-- "NanoBusiness Alliance to outline environmental, health & safety platform at NanoBusiness 2006 Conference"
-- "Industrial Nanotech Inc. to enter global lead abatement market with launch of Nansulate LDX"

Armtec reaches distribution agreement with leading U.S. stormwater system supplier -- GUELPH, ON, Canada, May 2, 2006 -- Armtec Infrastructure Income Fund today announced a sales and distribution agreement with CONTECH Stormwater Solutions, a leading U.S. supplier of storm water quality systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Armtec will become a national distributor for CONTECH Stormwater Solutions products in Canada, effective immediately. It will offer its Canadian customers the entire product line, which encompasses a full range of storm water quality management products including filtration, hydrodynamic separation, screening systems and oil/water separation...

Gorman-Rupp unveils newly upgraded website --
MANSFIELD, OH, May 1, 2006 -- The website for pump manufacturer Gorman-Rupp just took a turn for the better with a new address -- www.GRpumps.com. As the global leader in self-priming, centrifugal pumps, Gorman-Rupp has developed a bigger and better web portal to serve the pump marketplace, making searching for the right pump easier than ever. It includes new innovations, product specifications, marketing news and refreshed case studies...

Ontario water report dangerously flawed, could lead to privatization and loss of local accountability -- TORONTO, Canada, May 1, 2006 -- The Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) is warning Queen's Park that proposals to create a provincial Water Board, as well as establish local water companies across the province, could ultimately lead to the privatization of Ontario's publicly-owned water infrastructure. The OMWA was responding to a report by the Water Strategy Expert Panel, established by the provincial government, which has made recommendations to David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. The report, titled "Watertight: The Case for Change in Ontario's Water and Wastewater Sector," recommends rationalizing the system by requiring counties, single-tier municipalities, and regional municipalities to submit plans to a proposed Ontario Water Board on how they will amalgamate water systems within their boundaries (and even beyond) to achieve greater cost-efficiencies. The Water Board would have the authority to approve or require changes to these plans...

Several final, proposed federal water rules due this year -- DENVER, May 1, 2006 (WaterWeek) -- The EPA plans to finalize several drinking water regulations this year, including the Ground Water Rule (GWR) in August and the second Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR2) in November, according to an AWWA report. The agency's semi-annual regulatory agenda. Published in the April 24 Federal Register, also has revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) slated for proposal in August and the second preliminary regulatory determination due in October. The LCR proposal stems from the agency's ongoing review of implementation issues, and the regulatory determination will address if at least five contaminants on the second Contaminant Candidate List should be regulated. The EPA recently sought comment on several additional studies to support the long-delayed GWR and released an update on the UCMR2. Also due this year are a proposed rule (in May) to codify the agency's 2005 policy statement exempting certain water transfers from Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), a proposed rule (in June) to implement court-ordered changes to the agency's Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Rule, separate final rules (this summer) approving numerous analytical methods for CWA and Safe Drinking Water Act compliance purposes and several methods for monitoring levels of E. coli and other microbial contaminants in wastewater and biosolids, a final rule (in June) to codify an earlier policy statement regarding the regulation of pesticides applied to waterways, a final rule (in June) exempting storm water discharges from oil and gas operations from CWA as directed by the 2005 Energy Policy Act, and a final policy (in October) regarding CWA discharge permitting of peak wet-weather discharges from wastewater treatment facilities...
Also see: "Water officials stress disaster preparation, recovery at AWWA Summit in Mobile"

Fuji Keizai releases reports on water resource market in Japan -- TOKYO, Japan, April 28, 2006 -- Japanese market researcher Fuji Keizai announced April 27 it has published a report on the Japanese water resource market. According to the report, the domestic market for the water resource industry for services such as water and sewerage treatment reached 466.4 billion yen (US$4.0 billion) in 2005, and is expected to increase to 569.7 billion yen (US$4.9 billion) in 2010. By sector, the water treatment material segment accounted for 192.1 billion yen (US$1.6 billion) in 2005 and will reach 239.1 billion yen (US$2.0 billion) in 2019; the device and plant segment will rise from 234.0 billion yen (US$2.0 billion) in 2005 to 276.6 billion yen (US$2.3 billion) in 2010; the related service segment will climb from 40.3 billion yen (US$344.0 million) in 2005 to 54 billion yen (US$461.5 million) in 2010. The report also mentioned four areas that are expected to experience sound growth: seawater desalination plants, ultrapure water systems, water treatment membranes, and water delivery service...

GE's Predator program helps refineries reduce crude oil costs -- An innovative, comprehensive product platform helps refineries control largest expense -- TREVOSE, PA, April 28, 2006 -- GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric, offers the Predator program, an innovative solution for reducing crude oil costs. With crude oil prices soaring to $60+ per barrel, oil refineries search for ways to effectively process discounted crudes. Predator allows refineries to detect problems more quickly; predict operating difficulties from crude slates; and assures chemical treatment to address the issues associated with discounted crudes. This enables refineries to profitably process and market high acid (discounted) crudes while reducing risks to equipment, production and the overall product quality...
Also see: "GE Fanuc welcomes new president/CEO as Garwood moves up to head GE Water & Process Technologies"

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Three Woodard & Curran treatment facilities recognized" -- Also in this report (May 1, 2006): American Sugar Refining selects ESS-hosted application for EH&S compliance; Shanghai Baosteel selects Bentley's DigitalPlant for 3D plant design solution; ASCE names executive VP of new Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation; LADWP commissioners to review to solar incentive program; GE Fanuc's Users Conference set for May 30-June 2 in Orlando; USAID announces additional relief assistance for Maldives water projects; Labtronics, Hanson Research to host pharmaceutical labs webcast; Innovative structural steel projects win national AISC awards; May event to focus on 'Innovative Financing in Mexico's Infrastructure Market'; Sensicore honored as one of 'Michigan 50 Companies to Watch'; EnviroMetal Technologies settles legal action against ARS Technologies; Kansas City Power & Light to restore 106 acres in wetlands conservation project...

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