Feb 08, 2019

Industry News Week 2/3/19

WQA celebrates 70th anniversary

Industry news week 2/3/19 for the water quality industry

Founder of Rainshower Passes

E. George Ricci, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, from complications due to a heart condition. He is survived by his five children, Ellen and her husband Mark, Claire and her husband Chris, Elaine, John and his wife Wendy, and Anne, his eight grandchildren, Brian, Joseph, Cayce, Nick, Lyndsey, Lyssa, Matt, and Spencer, and his six great-grandchildren.

Ricci founded Rainshow’r in 1989 after two years of research and development in producing the first KDF-based shower filter on the market. The success of his shower filters spurred the growth and expansion of his company, and it continues to produce water treatment products for the shower, bath, and garden to this day.

WQA Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) is celebrating seven decades of leadership in water quality this year, unveiling a 70-year logo highlighting the organization’s role as a voice of the residential, commercial and industrial water treatment industry. The commemorative logo also points to the future with the phrase, “Water quality solutions for 70 years and beyond.”

WQA traces its heritage to its two founding organizations, the Water Conditioning Association International (WCAI) and the Water Conditioning Foundation (WCF). In 1949, both organizations had been established and were representing manufacturers, suppliers and water treatment dealers industry wide. WCAI and WCF later merged to form the Water Quality Association.

Water Council Board of Directors Names New Co-Chairs

The Water Council announced the appointment of two new co-chairs to its board of directors beginning January 2019. The new co-chairs hold executive positions with industry-leading, global water technology companies headquartered in Milwaukee.

Todd Adams, president and CEO for Rexnord Corporation, and Jim Stern, executive vice president for A. O. Smith Corporation, will replace Rich Meeusen, who recently retired from Badger Meter and Paul Jones, former chairman and CEO of A. O. Smith. Continuing to serve as board members, Meeusen and Jones, co-founded and co-chaired The Water Council ten years ago and were instrumental in the early creation and development of the global water technology cluster organization.

Water Treatment Manufacturer Celebrates 55 Years

Superior Manufacturing Corp., a family-owned and operated company in Fort Wayne, Ind., is celebrating 55 years in business. Their flagship product, the Superior Water Conditioner, controls scale and corrosion without the use of chemicals in more than 400 applications. They also offer residential, commercial and industrial models.

AdEdge Increases Global Operations

AdEdge Water Technologies (AdEdge) announced today its decision to increase operations in Chile, including the addition of Ignacio Faudez as the AdEdge Chile Business and Technical Manager and Paula Araya as a Latin America Sales Engineer.

“We consider Chile as excellent place to launch our South America office due to the market dynamics and challenges the country faces (mining, agriculture, energy, and sanitation),” says Paula Araya, Latin America Sales Engineer. “Chile is deeply committed to innovation and the preservation of natural resources, especially water.”

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