HK Solutions Group: A Legacy of Innovation in Industrial Services

For nearly 50 years, HK Solutions Group (formerly known as Hydro-Klean) has been highly regarded as a leading industrial services company in the Midwest. While that still stands true today, our continued innovation and expertise have allowed us to expand into new service opportunities and new markets across the country. Today, our expansive service offerings include trenchless manhole rehabilitation, sewer and pipe inspections, large diameter pipe cleaning, wastewater treatment and hazardous waste removal, emergency spill response and more.

With a specialty fleet of hydroblasting equipment, powerful vacuum trucks, sewer video inspection units and a host of specialized tools and equipment, HK Solutions Group has the capacity to solve any problem and meet every need of our industrial and municipal customers across the United States. There is no mess too big or job too tough for us to tackle. Whether servicing a scheduled maintenance request or responding to an emergency, we’re on call and ready to quickly come to your aid.

As a turn-key solution provider, we understand the importance of safety and efficiency, so you can trust us to complete your projects with the utmost precision. Our team is passionate about our services, and we pride ourselves on living by our three core values to Work Hard Work Smart Work Safe™. We continue to exemplify these values by driving innovative solutions in everything we do, from trademarked trenchless technology and strict safety standards to intentional business acquisitions to best meet the advanced needs of our customers.

Our History is Grounded in Growth that Continues to Guide Our Future

What started as a one-man show in Maxwell, Iowa, in 1976 quickly evolved to a full team able to accommodate more industrial service requests. In 2000, we relocated to Des Moines to establish our headquarters. With a central home base in America’s Heartland, we’ve been able to develop a long-term strategy for expanding our service offerings and geographic locations. Today, our history continues to write itself as we grow to make a maximum impact on the customers we serve:

2013

Added CIPP pipe repair services with the acquisition of A-Tech in Watertown, South Dakota, and opened an additional location in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2015

P - Acquired Infra-Tech in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began offering Monoform™ manhole rehabilitation services, and opened an additional location in Mankato, Minnesota

2016

Opened an office in Kansas City, Missouri

2017

Opened an office in Wausau, Wisconsin

2019

Acquired Pipe Masters in Watertown, South Dakota, which enabled us to expand pipeline rehab and pipe inspection services

2020

 

2021

  • Established a distributorship for AGRU lining systems in DeLand, Florida, and Mankato, Minnesota
  • Acquired Hempen Mobile Wash in Keokuk, Iowa, which allowed us to expand our camera sewer inspection service offerings into the Mississippi River Valley
  • Acquired Engineered Lining Systems, allowing HK Solutions Group to expand further into Florida and broaden our trenchless technology portfolio
  • Partnered with SewerAI, introducing artificial intelligence to our sewer video inspections to significantly increase diagnostic accuracy and efficiency within pipelines (HK has since logged more than 1 million linear feet of sewer assessments with SewerAI)

2022

Acquired pipe repair and sewer inspection companies CME Pipe Lining and SWS Environmental in Cincinnati, Ohio, which allowed us to reach a residential market and expand our industrial service offerings into Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Work Hard: Serving Industrial & Municipal Customers Across the U.S.

With certified, highly trained team members at each of our locations across the Midwest and beyond, we are happy to be the go-to industrial services company for industrial facilities, municipalities and food processing plants across each of our locations. Our acquisitions have allowed us to expand our service offerings from Iowa to Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and more. Through our recent acquisition of CME Pipe Lining, we can now reach residential customers to provide pipe inspection and manhole rehabilitation in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

No matter who we’re working with, we ensure timely attention to customer requests and offer cost-effective solutions for a wide range of budgets. Our specialization in trenchless technology allows us speedy access to your sewer or pipelines with minimal disruption to surrounding utilities and equipment. Best of all, we promise longevity with our cutting-edge techniques.

Work Smart: Industry Leading Innovation in Trenchless Manhole Rehabilitation, Sewer Video Inspections & More Industrial Services

At HK, we know every operation is only as good as its infrastructure. If infrastructure fails, critical utilities or equipment shut down, causing municipalities and industrial facilities to lose valuable time and money. Often, taking the time to perform traditional pipeline maintenance and repair methods leads to a pause in production while the affected area is dug up, also wasting time and money. That’s why HK utilizes contemporary trenchless techniques that provide access to problematic pipelines and sewer systems with no digging required. With little disturbance to the affected area, operations can continue as planned while we seamlessly strengthen the sewer system from within.

Our trenchless expertise has culminated in our line of Monoform™ manhole rehabilitation solutions meant to be a permanent fix for deteriorated manholes, lasting as long as a full replacement at a much more cost-effective rate. Our high-tech CCTV technology televises footage of your internal infrastructure to our technicians who can expertly recognize potential problems and recommend the most effective solution. With little to no downtime, HK has your infrastructure restored to full functionality in no time.

As a full-scale industrial services company, we also have numerous cleaning capabilities for facilities, pipelines, equipment and other delicate applications. In the event of an emergency, our 24/7 emergency spill response team is prepared to be on-site right away to safely eliminate risks. Our technicians are certified to coordinate both hazardous and non-hazardous waste removal and all receive extensive safety training as a condition of employment at HK.

Work Safe: Unrelenting Commitment to Safety

At HK Solutions, our commitment to safety is based on one simple concept: protect our most valuable resource—our people. We believe people come first and all jobs can be done safely. By taking time to engineer safe solutions to any challenge, safety is always our top priority.

HK Solutions Group has developed an intensive in-house, hands-on training program that provides our employees with the skills they need to safely and efficiently solve problems and complete projects. We go above and beyond standard regulations with regular safety meetings, routine equipment inspections, workplace safety audits, safety leadership training and so much more before we arrive at a job site.

Join Our Team

The HK team is growing! We’re looking for hard-working individuals interested in tackling tough tasks with a positive attitude. We offer competitive wages—including overtime pay—along with paid time off, paid holidays and health insurance benefits.

Explore Open Career Opportunities at HK

Meet Our Team

Wade Anderson President & Chief Executive Officer

Wade joined HK Solutions Group in 2011 as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining HK, he worked in a leadership role at Deloitte & Touche for 8 years. In 2018, he was promoted to President and CEO. Wade focuses his time on strategic growth opportunities while overseeing the day-to-day operations.

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Rob Sherwood Chief Financial Officer

Rob joined the HK Solutions Group leadership team in 2019 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Broker Dealer Financial Services. He and his team are responsible for managing the company's financial statements, financial planning and analysis, cash flow, information technology and bank relations.

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Mike Ingham Chief Sales Officer

Mike joined HK Solutions Group in 2016 with over 20 years of sales experience in the industrial cleaning industry. When he joined the team in 2016, he was a regional manager in HK's South region. He was promoted to Director of Sales in 2018 and was most recently promoted to Chief Sales Officer in late 2019. Mike works with each of HK Solutions' Business Development Directors and Regional Account Managers, helping grow sales and customer relationships across all HK territories and service lines. 

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Jessica Goodson Chief Human Resources Officer

Jessica joined the HK Solutions Group team in 2014, filling the role of HR Manager. She was promoted to Director of Human Resources in the summer of 2016. In 2020, Jessica was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer and is now responsible for overseeing the company's payroll and benefits department while also orchestrating the personnel components of our business including hiring and terminations, disciplinary procedures, new employee onboarding, training, performance reviews, and promotions. 

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Melissa Ploplis Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

Melissa joined HK Solutions Group in October 2021 as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A). Prior to HK, she spent 10 years serving in senior accounting and finance roles for a global engineered pipe services company. Melissa now utilizes her experience to deliver value-added business analysis and meaningful financial metrics to support the achievement of HK's business goals and objectives.

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Bill Denny Director of Fleet Maintenance

Bill joined HK Solutions Group in 2019 with many years of maintenance and DOT compliance experience. He was promoted to Director of Fleet Maintenance in late 2019. Bill is responsible for managing fleet maintenance and maintaining DOT compliance records for HK's equipment fleet.

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Ryan Blackburn Director of Industrial Services

Ryan joined HK Solutions Group in 1997 as a Service Technician and has risen to his current position as HK's Director of Industrial Services since 2018. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Industrial Services and Wastewater Pretreatment Plant divisions. He focuses his efforts on increasing the capabilities and profitability of these divisions.

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Todd Sykora Director of Fabrication and Distribution Services

Todd joined the company in 1997 as a Service Technician.  Over the years, he has been promoted several times and has been in his current position as the Director of Fabrication & Distribution Services since HK acquired Turner Lining in late 2020. He oversees and focuses his efforts on growing the capabilities and increasing the profitability of the Turner Lining (HK's Fabrication & Distribution Services) division.

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James Macko Director of Large Diameter Pipe

James joined HK Solutions Group through the acquisition of Engineered Lining Systems (ELS) in 2021.  Having 20 years of experience in leadership in the pipe rehabilitation industry, he accepted his current position as the Director of Large Diameter Pipe Rehab at the 2021 acquisition.  He oversees UV GRP Pipe Lining and PVC Alloy Pipe Lining divisions.  He focuses his efforts on growing HK's capabilities and increasing the profitability of the Large Diameter Pipe Rehab division.

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Chad Mesenbrink Director of Industrial Sales

Chad joined HK Solutions Group in September 2017 as an Account Manager covering much of Iowa and Omaha, NE. In October 2020, Chad was promoted to Business Development Director of Industrial Services managing the same territories while also working to bolster communication between HK's sales group and operations in relation to industrial services. He focuses his efforts on ensuring projects are efficient and cost-effective for HK's customers.

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Brian Rinehart Business Development Director - Biofuels
Brian joined HK Solutions Group in 2000 as HK's first Client Service Representative. In 2018 he moved into the role of Business Development Director - Biofuels where he continues to find solutions for customer's cleaning and environmental needs.  Close
Matt Huston Business Development Director - Structure Rehabilitation

Matt joined HK Solutions Group in 2015 when HK acquired Infratech, a Midwest sewer rehabilitation company, with manhole rehabilitation experience and capabilities. He has over 25 years of experience in wastewater structure rehab. His work now includes estimating manhole rehab projects, assisting with structure rehabilitation operations management and business development in HK's geographic footprint. Matt was one of the founding partners of Infratech and brought his considerable knowledge and experience to HK. He is invaluable when it comes to selecting the right solution for full structural rehabilitations, structural enhancements, corrosion protection or infiltration work and inflow mitigation.

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Kenneth Hempen Business Development Director - Mississippi River Valley

Kenny Hempen is the former founder and owner of Hempen Mobile Wash, an industrial services company in Keokuk, Iowa. When HK Solutions Group acquired Hempen Mobile Wash in 2021, Kenny joined the HK team. He will continue working with both existing and new customers by providing his expertise in industrial services in the Mississippi River Valley area of southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri and western Illinois.

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Don Arch Business Development Director - Large Diameter Pipe

Don Arch, the founder of recently acquired Engineered Lining Systems (ELS), has over 30+ years of experience in plumbing, mechanical, and construction trades. ELS has been a leader in the UV-GRP trenchless technology industry since 2004. Don serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

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Ben Anderson Logistics Manager
Ben joined HK Solutions Group in July 2019 as the Logistics Manager assisting with inside sales for Des Moines, IA. Prior to arriving at HK, he specialized in managing and assisting with the cleaning of ethanol facilities throughout the Midwest. Ben now uses his experience to coordinate equipment and personnel to create the best possible solutions for customers. Close
Steve Rehome Regional Sales Manager

Steve joined HK Solutions Group in 2016 as a Regional Sales Manager specializing in the industrial services market. He brought 20+ years of sales and customer service to the HK team as well as extensive experience in the food processing and manufacturing industries. In 2018, Steve's role with HK was changed to concentrate on gaining new customers within his territory of Western Wisconsin, South-Central Minnesota and the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. His primary concern is to always be a champion for the customer and to provide his clients with an unmatched level of service.

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John Bluntach Regional Sales Manager
John is the Regional Manager for HK Solutions Group's Northern Minnesota and North Dakota areas. He has worked in the wastewater and storm water pipe and structure rehab field for over 24 years and joined HK's team in 2015. Due to his extensive field experience, John is able to provide unique insight on projects to ensure each customer receives the best possible service. As a lifelong resident of Northern MN, he is also able to meet the special needs of the region. Close
Jake Nanti Regional Sales Manager
Jake is the Regional Sales Manager of HK Solution Group's Municipal Services division. He joined HK in April 2018 as an inside sales rep tasked with taking any contractor call-in work that came through the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, before expanding to cover calls in all territories. In January 2019, Jake was promoted to Municipal Services Manager and now manages project bidding and RFPs, call-in work across all Midwest locations and he works to grow HK's customer service base in the Twin Cities. Close
Tameka Kueser Regional Sales Manager

Tameka joined the HK Solutions Group team in 2021 as a Regional Sales Manager for the Municipal Services Division providing cleaning/televising and Monoform™ services in the Kansas, Missouri, Southern Nebraska, and Southern Iowa regions. She has an extensive background in commercial/industrial waste and recycling as well as janitorial services.  Her primary focus is to provide customized solutions to meet the needs and expectations of her clientele.

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Nancy Freeman Regional Sales Manager

Nancy has worked in the construction industry for over 11 years with a background in sales & marketing.  Her experience spans multiple industries, including emergency restoration (water/fire/mold), sinkhole remediation & soil stabilization, biohazard clean-up, and trenchless technology.  In 2016, Nancy began working with a diverse customer base providing long-term, cost-effective pipe lining solutions. She is now one of HK's regional sales managers based in the Tampa, Florida area.

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Ryan Horn Regional Sales Manager
Ryan joined the HK team in November of 2021 as a Regional Sales Manager based out of the South Dakota area.   Before joining the sales team Ryan spent 15 years in the insurance, agriculture and banking industries.  We look forward to seeing Ryan use his more than a decade of business and finance experience to grow our footprint throughout the midwest. Close
Stephen Stoia Senior Estimator
Steve has worked in the trenchless technology industry for over 11 years as a Senior Estimator/Project Manager out of Jacksonville, Florida.  He works closely with clients to understand their project needs and proposes cost-effective solutions.  Before working in the construction industry, Steve was a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.  We look forward to having Steve on the team and putting his more than a decade of experience to work. Close
Brenda German Sales Coordinator

Brenda made a career change in 2019 and joined HK Solutions Group as the Office Manager of the former Pipe Masters location in Watertown, SD. In 2020, she was promoted to Sales Coordinator where she manages requests for urgent callouts while also working to build the HK name in the northern part of South Dakota. Brenda and her team in Watertown primarily work with local dairy and farming communities but also work with municipalities.

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Adam Sewell Sales Specialist
Adam joined the company in 2021 as a Sales Specialist.  He had over five years of industrial experience and insight he is able to bring to the company.  Adam focuses his efforts on researching potential projects for the team.  We are so excited for the opportunities Adam will identify for us! Close
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Work With HK Solutions Group

When it comes to restoring the integrity of your underground infrastructure or removing hazardous material from your premises, there’s no time to waste. For fast, affordable industrial services from our focused, future-minded team of leaders, contact HK online or call (855) 845-5326 to put us to work.