October 2020 Vol. 75 No. 10

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

Rick Gage Joins Aegion’s Manufactured Technologies Corp

Rick Gage joined Manufactured Technologies Corporation (MTC) as senior business development manager, responsible for various accounts in the U.S. and Canada.

A 15-year veteran of the trenchless technology industry, he has held various, senior-level positions, most recently sales director at Waterline Renewal Technologies, parent company of LMK Technologies, Perma Liner and AP/M Permaform.

MTC, an Aegion company headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., and the United Kingdom, supplies cured-in-place-pipe tube in a variety of diameters to third parties across the globe. MTube CIPP is specially manufactured to accommodate the particular installation method used, whether water, air inversion or steam cure.


Manufactured Technologies Corporation, 1 (844) 593-6946, aegion.com/about/our-brands/mtc


Vortex Companies Promotes from Within to Fill Executive Positions

B.J. Kerstiens was promoted to regional vice president of Vortex Companies’ Quadex Lining System (QLS). The fast-growing business segment combines advanced technology and geopolymer mortar to offer solutions that restore large-diameter pipes, culverts and tunnels of all types and shapes.

Based in Tennessee, his main responsibilities are managing the overall business from the QLS perspective, supporting the sales team and estimating, project coordination, scheduling and licensee support, across the U.S.

“My goal is to help take the division to the next level,” said Kerstiens. “Large-diameter pipe relining is so much more cost-effective than pipe replacement. As it becomes more accepted, it’s critical for QLS to continue to lead the industry in both installation efficiency and product performance.”

His experience includes more than 17 years in construction and 12 years in the trenchless infrastructure repair and maintenance industry. He is a former Marine and earned a Bachelor’s in Concrete Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University.

Ram Vela was promoted to chief information officer, a new position created to spearhead the company’s commitment to using technology, innovation and data analytics to improve business operations.

Ultimately, he is charged with integrating, optimizing and evolving existing IT systems to a more modern, cross-functional architecture that supports Vortex’s continuous improvement and growth strategies.

Prior to his promotion, he served as vice president of FP&A, while also assisting with acquisitions and implementation of new software platforms companywide.

“Relative to its counterparts, Vortex takes a more progressive approach in terms of leveraging technology to drive business outcomes,” said Vela. “In my new role, I will be doubling down on that approach to further evolve our existing and future systems in an effort to continue to improve our bottom line.”


The Vortex Companies, (855) 949-3444, vortexcompanies.com

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