Apr 17, 2020

Industry News Week 4/17/20

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NSF International Announces New Southeast Michigan Lab

NSF International has completed the moves of two of its laboratories to one new 20,000-square-foot space in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The plastic testing laboratories have been relocated from Aurora, Ontario, Canada and from within the NSF International global headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The new facility, the Willow Run Laboratory, is about 15 miles from NSF’s headquarters.

The moving phases had been ongoing for more than a year, according to the press release.

The new Willow Run Laboratory has remained fully operational during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“By bringing NSF’s laboratories under one roof, we are offering greater ease to our global clients, providing advanced plastic pipe, fitting and material testing and establishing Southeast Michigan as the heart of the plastic piping testing industry,” said Dave Purkiss, Vice President of the Global Water Division at NSF International.

The new lab also conducts custom plastic testing as well as research and development, which includes evaluating non-standard components using routine tests. 

The new facility offers nearly 2,000 test stations, including stations for long-term pressure/stress testing and hydrostatic design basis (HDB) and minimum required strength (MRS) ratings, as well as short-term burst and other pressure performance requirements.

Falsken Water Systems

As stated in the press release:

“It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Dennis Falsken, our founder, President and visionary. Dennis passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, with his family by his side. He will truly be missed. While his passing has affected us all, we fully intend to move forward and honor his memory by continuing the work he loved so much, with the same work ethic, integrity and dignity that has been the hallmark of Falsken Water Systems.

Dennis built this family business from the ground up and was dedicated to passing along his vision, knowledge and expertise. As such, in recent years, he felt comfortable enough to begin stepping back from the day-to-day operations of the Company, to enjoy more family and personal time. For that reason, we do not foresee any issues moving forward operationally. 

We know many of you will miss the personal interaction you had with Dennis, but we want to assure you that Falsken Water Systems will remain a family business, and we are all committed to providing you with the same customer service and quality of product moving forward. Our goal is to continue to be ‘your honest resource for all your residential or commercial water treatment needs.’

Due to COVID-19, the family will be unable to hold a service at this time, but there are plans to organize a celebration of life sometime in the future. 

Should you feel inclined, in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dennis’ name to one of the following organizations:

  • Norco Future Farmers of America (FFA): 2065 Temescal Avenue, Norco, CA 92860
  • Norco Little League: 3364 Western Avenue, Norco, CA 92860 or here
  • The American Heart Association 

If you have any specific concerns, we encourage you to contact us directly at 714.990.4602.”

IAPMO Publishes 2021 Editions of Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC)

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has published the 2021 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC).

There are both hard-copy and electronic versions, completing a three‐year consensus development cycle accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The public is encouraged to participate in IAPMO's ANSI-accredited open consensus code development process. A code development timeline and other relevant information are available here.

The 2021 UPC and 2021 UMC may be purchased through the IAPMO bookstore here.

The Water Council Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Directors

The Water Council today announced the election of five new members to its board of directors. The new board members include Ken Bockhorst, Karen Dettmer, Melissa (Missy) Hughes, Elizabeth Koehler and Mark Roehl.

  • Ken Bockhorst is chairman, president & chief executive officer at Badger Meter.

  • Karen Dettmer is superintendent of the Milwaukee Water Works. 

  • Melissa (Missy) Hughes is secretary and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

  • Elizabeth Koehler is the Wisconsin state director of The Nature Conservancy. 

  • Marc Roehl is vice president and general manager for the Municipal Wastewater Technologies Segment, Evoqua Water Technologies.  

The individuals were elected at the first-quarter board meeting held on Febr. 13, 2020 at the Global Water Center.

Ajita Rajendra Retire as Executive Chairman of A. O. Smith Corporation; Kevin Wheeler Named Chairman, President and CEO

A. O. Smith Corporation announced that executive chairman Ajita Rajendra will be retiring effective May 1, 2020.

The Company's Board of Directors has elected Kevin J. Wheeler as chairman of the Milwaukee-based water technology company effective upon Rajendra's retirement. Wheeler will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of the company. Rajendra will remain a member of the company's Board of Directors.

"Ajita has been an inspiring and visionary leader since the moment he joined the company in 2005 to run A. O. Smith's water products division, as well as during his time at the helm of A. O. Smith as chief executive officer and president from 2013 to 2018," said William Greubel, lead director. "He built a strong team and developed the strategy that has resulted in the Company's current success in water technology."