International Business Briefs: software galore, cleaning products and water treatment

In this week’s International Business Briefs, environmentally friendly pet care products; US$21.2 million worth of water and wastewater treatment contracts; a new water softening plant in Michigan; new environmental software for Toyota; federal recognition for stormwater software; and environmental software for a Canadian timber company.

California-based cleaning product manufacturer Pacific Sands Inc has announced that it is entering the domestic pet care marketplace with its new Tropix line of non-toxic, earth and health friendly pet care products. The products contain no substances that are harmful to pets of people, and are derived from natural sources such as coconut oil, says Pacific Sands.

Water treatment company Trojan Technologies Inc has announced that it won contracts with a total value of US$21.2 million for municipal wastewater and drinking water UV disinfection systems during the three-month period ending 30 November. Of these contracts, a total of US$9.1 million were previously announced. Contracts for UV wastewater disinfection equipment were particularly strong in the US, amounting to US$8.5 million.

Californian engineers The Keith Companies have announced that the Fenton City Council has awarded two contracts to the Company’s Ayres, Lewis, Norris & May office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following the award of US$8.8 million in construction contracts for water system improvements and a new water softening plant to unrelated firms, the city retained ALNM to provide various support services associated with these projects. The water softening plant is the first of its kind built in Michigan under new tighter arsenic rules.

Environmental Software Providers (ESP) has announced that Toyota Motor Sales in the US has selected its opsEnvironmental software package for corporate-wide environmental data collection and reporting, along with services from Environmental Data Solutions Group (EDSG). OpsEnvironmental is an enterprise level environmental management information system with modules for air, water, and waste management.

Software company Haestad Methods has announced that its popular suite of stormwater software has been approved by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and added to its list of numerical models accepted for use in the National Flood Insurance Program. PondPack, StormCAD, CulvertMaster and FlowMaster, which are used by thousands of municipal governments, state and federal agencies, and consulting firms in the US can now be used for determining flood hazards in all 50 states.

Canadian forest products company Tembec is installing a new environmental management information system by IT firms T4G and Moore Environmental Solutions at its Spruce Falls facility. The facility received ISO14001 registration in June 1999, and since then has been filling gaps and improving the site’s environmental performance to exceed the ISO14001 standards level, says the company.

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