Bill Howard, a senior vice president with Cooling Tower Depot, is the 2017 president elect of the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI), Houston. Howard is a registered professional engineer and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has been a member of and active participant in CTI since 1990. He also has served as a past director, vice president and chair of numerous standards, code and guidelines in the past 25 years for the organization. He serves as the current chairman of the Engineering Standards and Maintenance Committee.

In other news from the evaporative heat transfer organization, the Cooling Technology Institute has changed its membership pricing plans and classification categories. The change comes after a vote by the board of directors and was effective December 1, 2015. To review the changes, visit the online membership center at www.cti.org.

Dry Coolers, Oxford, Mich. was awarded the ability to apply the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) Certification Mark to its products. The company now offers the ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Certification Mark to its Solanus quench oil coolers, Thermoflow plate and frame heat exchangers, CyClean centrifugal separators, and other products.

According to ASME, the Division of Section VIII “provides requirements applicable to the design, fabrication, inspection, testing and certification of pressure vessels operating at either internal or external pressures exceeding 15 psig.” These pressure vessels may be fired or unfired. 

U.S. Water, an Allete Co., strengthened its presence in the southeastern United States with the acquisition of A and W Technologies. Based in Georgia, A and W provides specialty chemicals and engineering services for water treatment in food processing, data centers, light industrial and institutional market. The $9 million deal will allow U.S. Water to provide a stronger focus on data centers, commercial/institutional business and the food industry in the Southeast. U.S. Water, St. Michael, Minn., provides integrated water management for industry by combining chemical, equipment, engineering and service for customized solutions to reduce water and energy usage and improve efficiency.

As part of an annual awards ceremony for the Lifetime Business Achievement Medal of Honor event, Germany’s Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Nils Shmid presented Julabo’s founder, Gerhard Juchheim with the honor for 2015. Since 1978, this award has been bestowed on German companies and their leaders for outstanding professional and entrepreneurial achievements. Gerhard Juchheim was honored for his lifetime business contribution in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

ACS Group, New Berlin, Wis., hired Bob Andress as vice president of operations. Andress will oversee several operational areas of the company, including engineering, quality, materials and manufacturing at the company’s plants in New Berlin, Wis., and Suzhou, China.

Solenis LLC signed a definitive agreement to purchase all shares of Quimatec Produtos Químicos Ltda. and Locatec de Araraquara Ltda-Me. The deal will broaden Solenis’ offering in the bioethanol market by leveraging Quimatec’s position in Brazil’s sugar-to-ethanol industry.

Quimatec customers will be able to utilize Solenis’ water treatment products and services in the sugar industry, and Solenis can employ Quimatec’s process chemistries in traditional heavy-industry markets.

St. Louis -based Watlow introduced new branding for the company, including a new logo and tagline icons. Watlow designs and manufactures industrial temperature sensors, controllers and supporting software for process applications.