WaterBriefs: ANGUS Chemical, Dow Biocides unveil eight customer application centers

Also in this report: Sharpe Army Depot deploys Severn Trent arsenic solution; Battelle tops BioVigilant Systems financiers; Steward Environmental licenses 'mercury sponge' method; Goetter named Bilco VP; Erskine III elected Racine Federated VP; Goodfellow moves up at B&V Water; Cheaper desalination with LLNL nanotubes?; Atkins Water, CH2M Hill win BE Awards; Vigilistics software aids dairy plants; Aquatech Int'l wins $75M Italian ZLD deal; Hazco Environmental employs cost management solution...

In other news below:
-- Severn Trent provides arsenic removal technology at Sharpe Army Depot
-- Battelle Ventures leads $4 million financing BioVigilant Systems Inc.
-- Steward Environmental Solutions licenses 'mercury sponge' technology
-- Goetter named Bilco VP of operations
-- Racine Federated elects Erskine III to vice president
-- RJA Group appoints Tucker as chief strategy officer
-- Goodfellow now East Region tunneling director of B&V Water
-- Lawrence Livermore nanotube membranes could make desalination cheaper
-- SCADA, water security topics of new books from PennWell
-- Atkins Water, CH2M Hill among 2006 BE Awards of Excellence winners
-- Vigilistics offers energy management software for dairy plants
-- Ex-Im Bank-backed loan helps Aquatech International win Italian contracts
-- Hazco Environmental to deploy new cost management solution

ANGUS Chemical, Dow Biocides to introduce eight regional customer application centers -- Goal to enhance customer focus -- BUFFALO GROVE, IL, May 23, 2006 -- Dow Biocides, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, and ANGUS Chemical Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, are introducing eight regional customer application centers around the world to align their business growth strategies with direct market and customer focus. In addition to their global business and technology development location in Buffalo Grove and established centers in Horgen, Switzerland, Singapore and most recently Shanghai, China, ANGUS and Dow Biocides will open new customer application centers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; Guangzhou, China; and Pune, India, by the end of 2006. Each center will house a fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory that is appropriate for the ANGUS and Dow Biocides products applications in the region, including patented TAUNOVATESM high throughput microbial testing and challenge testing capabilities; in addition to dedicated technical sales representatives, and customer application specialists and technologists...
Also see:
-- "ANGUS Introduces CORRGUARD SI Corrosion Inhibitor: Multifunctional Stain Inhibiting Additive For Metal Working Fluids"
-- "Dow Chemical Selects ChemPoint.com to Distribute VERSENE CA Chelating Agents; Continues to Expand Relationship with ChemPoint"

Severn Trent provides arsenic removal technology at Sharpe Army Depot -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, May 23, 2006 -- The Bayoxide® E33 arsenic removal media from Severn Trent Services has been selected for use at the Sharpe Army Depot in San Joaquin County, CA. The water treatment facility at the depot operates at 500 gallons per minute with arsenic levels at 30 parts per billion (ppb). The system will help remove arsenic to below the EPA arsenic standard for drinking water of 10 ppb. Baker Filtration, an industry leader in providing liquid and vapor filtration solutions, will serve as general contractor for the project...
Also see: "Severn Trent Services helps celebrate National Drinking Water Week with EPA, Delaware Rural Water Association: Donates water treatment equipment for mobile training unit for small water treatment systems"

Battelle Ventures leads $4 million financing of biodetector maker BioVigilant Systems Inc. -- PRINCETON, NJ, May 23, 2006 -- Battelle Ventures L.P. has led the $4-million Series A financing of BioVigilant Systems Inc., the inventor of instantaneous microbial detection (IMD™) technology and developer of IMD instruments that detect microbes and bio-agents in air and liquid. Innovation Valley Partners (Battelle Ventures' affiliate fund); Pearl Street Venture Funds; and Community Investment Corp. of Tucson, AZ, participated in the round. BioVigilant Systems has been operating with headquarters in Tucson's "Optics Valley" since November 2002, funded by $2.4 million in start-up financing. The company currently offers the IMD-A instrument for instantaneous microbial detection of airborne contaminants for applications in homeland security and pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and plans to introduce the IMD-L instrument for liquid sampling in pharmaceuticals by the end of 2006...
Also see: "L-3 Communications Acquires Security Systems Co. SafeView"

Steward Environmental Solutions licenses 'mercury sponge' technology -- Capturing mercury from coal-fired power plant emissions and EPA's list of mercury contamination sites are initial targets -- RICHLAND, WA, May 23, 2006 -- A material designed to capture and remove mercury and other toxic substances from industrial waste streams is now available for commercial use. Battelle has licensed the SAMMS™ technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Steward Environmental Solutions of Chattanooga, TN. Battelle operates the laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy and transfers lab-developed technologies to the marketplace through licenses and other means. SAMMS is a technology that can be tailored to selectively remove metal contaminants without creating hazardous waste or by-products. Steward intends to initially market it for treating stack emissions from coal-fired power plants, process industry and municipal facilities...

Bilco welcomes new vice president of operations -- WEST HAVEN, CT, May 23, 2006 -- The Bilco Company announces the appointment of Thomas Goetter as vice president of operations. In this position, Goetter will help to develop, direct and manage the company's strategic plan, oversee the operations of three manufacturing facilities, and spearhead a long-range strategic plan for operations. In addition, he will be responsible for the management of Bilco's global purchasing organization and all aspects of the company's inventory position as well its continued progression as a lean enterprise across the country. Prior to joining Bilco, Goetter served as vice president of operations for the wiring device platform of Orange, CT-based Hubbell Inc. Before that, he was president of New London, CT-based Ortronics Inc., a manufacturer of network connectivity solutions, and spent 13 years with Wiremold, a U.S. leader in cable management solutions, located in West Hartford, CT. At Wiremold, he served as vice president of engineering and operations leader for the Rocky Hill, CT, plant. His experience also includes positions at Walker Systems Inc., a Wiremold subsidiary, Butler Manufacturing, and Inryco, a subsidiary of Inland Steel...

New vice president announced for Racine Federated -- RACINE, WI, May 23, 2006 -- Racine Federated Inc. elects John Erskine III to vice president. John Erskine Jr. made the announcement. The company manufactures flow measurement systems and construction equipment under the names of Blancett, Dynasonics, Flo-tech, Hedland, Preso, Racine and Wyco. Erskine III joined Racine Federated's National Division in 1998 as a purchasing agent and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003. As vice president, Erskine III will serve on the Executive Committee, as well as divisional management committees. He will continue as product manager for Racine's Vortex flow meter line and as the director of international sales. Before joining Racine Federated, Erskine III was a commodity trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange...

RJA Group appoints Tucker as chief strategy officer -- CHICAGO, IL, May 23, 2006 -- The Board of Directors of The RJA Group, Inc., the Chicagobased provider of fire protection, security and media technology consulting services, has filled the newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) by naming Randolph W. Tucker, P.E. to the post. Tucker, who joined Rolf Jensen & Associates in 1974, will lead the company's global strategic planning effort while overseeing corporate strategy, alliances, business intelligence and new initiatives. Tucker who is an Executive Vice President of The RJA Group was previously responsible for Group Business Development. In his 32-year career with the company, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing, management and international business development...

Goodfellow joins Black & Veatch as director of tunneling for East Region of B&V Water -- KANSAS CITY, MO, May 23, 2006 -- B&V Water, the water business of Black & Veatch, has recently named Robert Goodfellow as the director of tunneling for the Eastern U.S. Region, based in Gaithersburg, MD. In his new role, Goodfellow is responsible for the Tunnel Practice Group in that region, while also supporting projects globally and holding a business development role in the company's geoengineering operation in the UK. Goodfellow has served on various professional committees in the United States, as well as chairing sessions at the Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference (RETC) and the North American Tunneling (NAT) conferences...
Also see: "Hong Kong leader appointed to B&V central policy unit"

Lawrence Livermore Lab nanotube membranes to make desalination cheaper -- LIVERMORE, CA, May 23, 2006 -- A nanotube membrane on a silicon chip the size of a quarter may offer a cheaper way to remove salt from water. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a membrane made of carbon nanotubes and silicon that may offer, among many possible applications, including a less expensive desalination process. The research resulted from collaboration between research fellows Olgica Bakajin and Aleksandr Noy...

SCADA, water security topics of new books from PennWell -- TULSA, OK, May 22, 2006 -- PennWell Books has published two new books of interest to water and wastewater professionals. They include Cybersecurity for SCADA Systems and Securing Our Water Supply: Protecting a Vulnerable Resource. The first is written by William T. Shaw, Ph.D., CISSP, currently chief technology officer for SWANTECH. The second is written by Dan Kroll, chief scientist at Hach Homeland Security Technologies, in Loveland, CO...

Bentley announces winners of 2006 BE Awards of Excellence -- CHARLOTTE, NC, May 23, 2006 -- With over 2,000 people in attendance at BE Conference 2006, Bentley Systems Inc. announced the winners of the 2006 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world's infrastructure. Twenty-nine projects in the professional portion of the program received BE Awards during the BE Conference in Charlotte. These projects set benchmarks for their industries, and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them. In addition, for the first time, a BE Award was presented for Lifetime Achievement. In the academic portion of the program, BE Awards went to the Educator of the Year and to the top three student designs. The winners, chosen by an independent panel from among 260 nominations, were announced last night during a dinner and ceremony hosted by Peter Sagal of the National Public Radio program "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!," and co-sponsored by McGraw-Hill Construction, publisher of Engineering News-Record. They included:
-- Geospatial Public Works: Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran - Disaster Management - Interlinking of Water Works in Mumbai Metropolitan Area
-- Plant Visualization: Atkins Water - Wastewater Treatment Improvement Projects
-- Plant New Technology Adoption: CH2M HILL - American Electric Power - Mitchell & Mountaineer CPS Treatment Plants...

Vigilistics offers energy management software for dairy plants -- MISSION VIEJO, CA, May 23, 2006 -- Vigilistics, a company serving the dairy and food processing industries with real-time operations intelligence software, announced the availability of energy-use analysis software for dairy processing plants. Vigilistics offers five configurable modules for energy management, focusing on management of evaporators, dryers, boilers, refrigeration and pasteurizers. "The cost of natural gas has doubled in the last few years," said Robert Moore, Vigilistics CEO. "Our customers urged us to add energy management capabilities to the Vigilistics real-time operations intelligence software, which is already used by dairy processors for reducing milk losses"...
Also see: "Vigilistics establishes new global headquarters"

Aquatech International wins significant export contracts, backed by PNC loan under Ex-Im Bank's new Fast Track Program -- Company anticipates addition of 25 U.S. jobs related to the new projects -- WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2006 -- Aquatech International Corp., a Canonsburg, PA, maker of cutting-edge water purification equipment, has won a number of major export contracts backed by a $25 million working capital loan from PNC Financial Services Group, guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). "Without this prompt support, Aquatech would not have been able to secure an over $75 million contract for environmental exports to the Italian power company ENEL," said Aquatech President and CEO Venkee Sharma. Aquatech's industrial water and wastewater treatment solutions for zero liquid discharge will enable ENEL, Italy's largest power company, to promote greater environmental responsibility and development of environmentally friendly technologies...

Hazco Environmental to deploy new cost management solution -- Five-Year contract with Decision Dynamics covers 16 locations across North America -- CALGARY, Canada, May 22, 2006 -- Decision Dynamics Technology Ltd. , a provider of operations management software to the energy industry, announced May 17 that HAZCO Environmental Services has adopted the company's Oncore software platform for integrated, real-time job control, cost management, billing and decision support. The five-year, $1 million contract covers HAZCO's 16 locations across North America and follows a successful eight-month trial in which the software was used for tracking several projects...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Kinder Morgan sells Terasen Water & Utility Services" -- Also in this report (May 22, 2006): Constellation to sell Strathmore Water to UK firm; Clean environment key to economy, Philadelphians tell pollster; EBI Consulting launches new website; Fellows Energy completes workover operations on first Carbon County well; China completes Three Gorges Dam; FDA finds high levels of benzene in limited test of drinks; House affirms need to protect all U.S. waters; American Rivers lauds Supreme Court clean water ruling; Tembec settles with Canada; World Water Center debuts; GL&V acquires membrane technology with Enviroquip; Tucson showcases Pure Technologies pipeline monitoring technologies; H2O Innovation to acquire assets of Membrane Systems Corp.; American Airlines wins Texas environmental award...

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