March 2021 Vol. 76 No. 3

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

OBIC Expands Global Footprint to India 

OBIC LLC, global leader in the development and manufacturing of coatings and linings for a variety of infrastructure applications, has established OBIC Solutions, Pvt. Ltd., a new sister company based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. 

The decision was spurred by recognizing the need for OBIC’s high-quality solutions for rescuing, protecting and defending infrastructure in one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. 

“We wanted to be a partner in rehabilitating and rescuing aging infrastructure, protecting it for the long term and defending it against costly failures,” said Dustin Schlachter, CEO and founder of OBIC LLC. 

The firm is collaborating with other key Indian entities and noteworthy innovators in the field of infrastructure and polymers. TUIT Infratech Pvt. Ltd of Bangalore, KA, will assist with market education, promotion and sales. Annand Khanna, Ph.D., professor emeritus of IIT Bombay, is technical advisor on product innovation, development and manufacturing at in-country, ISO 9000 facilities under the “Make in India” initiative. 

The OBIC Solutions product range includes its flagship OBIC 1000 and OBIC 5000 that provide cost-effective, long-term methods for rehabilitating and extending the life of water and wastewater utilities, as well as industrial infrastructure. In addition, the patented OBICCool line of nano-enhanced commercial products offer energy- and cost-efficient protection against India’s harsh climates. 

“We were excited to partner with OBIC Solutions … because we could see their commitment to providing sustainable solutions to keep infrastructure above and below ground in optimum condition, as well as having a strong desire to see Indian companies thrive, all while saving them time and energy,” said Vivek Chaturvedi, managing director of TUIT Infratech. 

Based in Bryan, Ohio, OBIC LLC offers a no-dig approach to rehabilitating municipal water and wastewater assets with damage caused by infiltration or corrosive chemicals (manholes, holding systems, treatment facilities, vaults and other structures), and repair solutions for transportation infrastructure (culverts and bridges), and in industrial and commercial settings around the world. 


OBIC, (419) 633-3147,; 


Perma-Liner Launches UV Trenchless Technology 

Perma-Liner Industries has launched LightRay LR3 – the latest in UV trenchless technology – providing the most-advanced patch repair and pull-in-place UV system available to the market today. 

Key goals in its development were saving time, increasing productivity, decreasing manpower required in the field during installs, and less variability. These were achieved through a modular design and enhanced electrical connections for rapid packer attachment and removal. Transitions, cast iron, and vertical stacks can all be serviced by LightRay LR3, which easily navigates 45 and 90-degree bends. 

The LightRay non-VOC resin is pre-impregnated into the high-performance fiberglass liner and shipped ready-to-install for no-dig, small-diameter pipe infrastructure repairs. Once the install site is prepped, casting can be achieved in under 10 minutes, eliminating the risk of premature or prolonged curing times due to temperature variations. 

“I am very pleased with our latest new product release,” said Chris Duda, vice president of sales and marketing. “Many of our customers provided their feedback to the engineering team, which did a tremendous job to incorporate – down to the detail – exactly what our customers were looking for in LightRay LR3. ‘Curing Soon’ isn’t just a tagline, it’s now a reality with our new UV technology.” 

Perma-Liner is a brand of Waterline Renewal Technologies, a leading Elk Grove Village, Ill., provider of engineered products used in trenchless repair and rehabilitation of wastewater/stormwater infrastructure for municipal, commercial/industrial, and residential applications. 


Perma-Liner Industries, (866) 336-2568, 


Holsen Joins Michels as Senior Manager-Pipe Services Operations 

Marc Holsen has joined Michels Corporation as senior manager of Pipe Services operations for the Midwest North Region, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Pipe, culvert and utility manhole rehabilitation services in the region include cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) relining using steam, water and ultraviolet light (UV) curing; sprayed-in-place geopolymer applications; water main rehabilitation; utility manholes and grouting. 

In his nearly 25 years of road and highway experience, Holsen has worked as a laborer, project engineer and project manager. His career started as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, leading a combat engineering platoon on bridge construction, inspections and demolitions, and other projects. 

Holsen earned an associate’s degree in drafting and design, and a Bachelor’s in project management from ITT Technical Institute, as well as a Master’s in operations management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. 


Michels Corporation, (920) 583-3132, 


Joiner Leads Marketing Services at Ferratex/Maxliner/Applied Felts 

Jennifer Joiner has joined U.S. W.E. Rawson Ltd. Companies – Ferratex Solutions, Applied Felts and Maxliner, all based in Martinsville, Va. – as marketing services manager. In this new role, she is primarily responsible for market development, new product promotion and ensuring a positive experience with current and prospective customers. 

She brings over 13 years and a solid background in cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining for the water and wastewater pipeline rehabilitation industry. She holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting, with a minor in Business Management, and is a licensed commercial and residential general contractor. 

Founded in 2013 and based in Martinsville, Va., FerraTex Solutions has become one of the most trusted names in trenchless pipe lining, pipe rehabilitation, sewer and water main repairs, providing wet-out and CIPP services, and CIPP liners, tubes and equipment. 


Ferratex Solutions, 

Applied Felts, 


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