KENT, OH --Richard Ward, CEO of RICHEL, Inc. and WardJet, Inc. was recently awarded the 2001 Technology Award by the WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA). The ceremony, which took place at WJTA’s biennial conference, recognized Ward for being the individual that has contributed the most to the industry technologically in the last two years.

Among Ward’s most significant contribution was the development of the Ward, the Waterjet Abrasive Recycling Dispenser; a machine that removes the waste garnet abrasive from the tank and washes, and screens and dries only the good reusable abrasive --all in less than three minutes.