The Vortex Companies, LLC recently announced that it has acquired North American Pipeline Services, LLC (NAP), in a deal that will significantly expand its trenchless infrastructure service capabilities in the MidAtlantic Region of the USA according to Mike Vellano, CEO of the Vortex Companies. “The completion of this acquisition is a big step toward our vision of providing trenchless services in this region where the need for infrastructure rehabilitation had never been greater.” stated Vellano.
Originally based in Lakewood, New Jersey, USA, NAP was founded in 1974 where the three-person company focused on underground utilities before Tom Mullen purchased the company in 2012. Through his guidance, the company began offering CCTV inspection and trenchless rehabilitation services. NAP presently employs 55 people and is considered one of the largest pipe rehabilitation contractors in the ‘tri-state’ area. “We have had great working relationship with Vortex Companies over the years and share the same vision of delivering high-level service and permanent repair solutions through our trenchless products and applications.” said Tom Mullen, Owner and Managing Partner at NAP “As part of Vortex, we will have added resources and experience that will allow us to further expand our service offerings to support our commercial and municipal customers’ needs.”
In yet another move to add proven CIPP technology to its suite of trenchless infrastructure rehabilitation products, Vortex has partnered with BKP Berolina to distribute and sell its BKP Berolina-Liner, an industry leading ultra-violet cured Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) liner, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. “BKP Berolina has been looking to enter the U.S. UV CIPP market for a long time.” said Mike “We have the experience and resources to deliver this product, allowing us to provide an alternative CIPP solution to our customers. BerolinaLiner offers a measure of quality and performance yet to be matched in the UV category, which is good for both the end customer and the installer.”
Developed for gravity sewers ranging from 6 in to 63 in (150 mm to 1,600 mm) diameter, Berolina-Liner is precisely manufactured using resin impregnated glass fibre complexes between two watertight film tubes equipped with styrene barriers. Unlike traditional CIPP processes, Berolina-Liner is cured using a UV light source. “We manufacture BerolinaLiner in an ISO 9001 compliant facility for the sole purpose of producing a high quality, defect-free UV liner that is installation ready for our customers.” stated Thomas Christiansen, BKP Berolina Group CEO. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Vortex team.
They have a history of success introducing products and technology to the U.S. Market.” added Mr. Christiansen “With so many variables and environmental conditions dictating customer needs, adding a UV CIPP solution complements our current line of trenchless rehabilitation technology, inclusive of robotics, coatings, CIPP resins and application systems.” added Andrew Gonnella, President, Vortex Products Division. “We have done our due-diligence and believe the BerolinaLiner technology and installation advantages are best-in-class. I have tapped Mark Hallett, VP & General Manager of our Vortex Technology Group, to lead all commercial efforts related to Berolina-Liner. Under his leadership, I could not be more excited about the future of this product line.”