Industry News - May 2023

Industry News	- May 2023

Rachlin Receives Ralph Macchio Lifetime Achievement Award at WWETT Show

Jeffrey Rachlin, owner of OnSite Management Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was named the winner of the 2023 Ralph Macchio Lifetime Achievement Award during a meeting of the National Association of Wastewater Technicians in February at the WWETT Show in Indianapolis. The award was presented by Ralph Macchio and Bob Kendall, founder of COLE Publishing.

The Macchio award is the highest honor in the pumping industry. Rachlin is the current treasurer of NAWT.

“Jeff has given countless hours to both his state association (Pennsylvania) and NAWT,” says Bruce Fox, who presented the award to Rachlin. “He’s conducted training sessions both throughout his state and the country. He has served various offices in his state association and even acted as executive director for several years when we lost our executive director at no charge to the association.”

Rachlin has also served several other offices within NAWT and took over as treasurer of the group when Macchio retired from that position.

“This was totally unexpected, but much appreciated,” Rachlin says. 

Also at the NAWT meeting, two Hapchuk Scholarship Award recipients were announced. They are Nader Sharif from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska; and Piere Mbala of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The group also elected officers for 2023. They are John Ferdetta, president; Jason Birdsong, vice president; Thomas Ferrero, secretary; and Jeff Rachlin, treasurer. 

Infiltrator continues partnership with Habitat for Humanity  

Infiltrator Water Technologies will continue to support Habitat for Humanity International. Infiltrator recently renewed its sponsorship with a $100,000 in-kind product donation to support Habitat affiliates across the United States and Canada. Since becoming a corporate partner in 2017, Infiltrator has donated over $543,000 in products for septic systems to 139 Habitat affiliates. Product donations are used in both new home construction and home repair projects led by Habitat.

Franklin Electric welcomes team members

Franklin Electric announced new customer-facing team members for its Industrial & Engineered Systems business unit. Andrew Ross will take on the role of senior business unit manager— Aftermarket, while David Gray and Marty Lehmann will serve as business unit sales managers for the Industrial Distribution and OEM business units, respectively.

Ross will lead the company’s aftermarket parts business, working with fleet and industrial distribution teams to provide parts and help customers maintain and increase the lifespan of their equipment. Lehmann will focus on bringing Little Giant’s growing product line to OEM customers. Gray will take over responsibility for the company’s industrial distribution customers in the Southwest region. 


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