Blaster cleans castings and forgings.

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Super III Tumblast(TM) uses 15 in. bi-directional wheel with patented curved blades to provide batch cleaning of castings, forgings, and other metal working pieces. Its 14 cu ft work capacity makes it suitable for scale, rust, sand, and contaminant removal; preparing surfaces for coating, grinding or machining; and deflashing, deburring, and shot peening. Abrasive recycling system reclaims and recycles media to minimize abrasive expenditure.

Original Press Release:

The Wheelabrator 14 Cu. Ft. Super III Tumblast Offers High Productivity And Durability

LaGrange, GA - (March 15, 2002) -Wheelabrator's 14 cu. ft. Super III Tumblast(TM) system offers low cost surface preparation of component parts in a wide range of applications. Designed for batch cleaning of castings, forgings, and other metal working pieces, the Super III Tumblast system provides unequalled performance and durability in extreme conditions. The Wheelabrator(R) 14 cu. ft. Super III Tumblast system is ideal for scale, rust, sand and contaminant removal; preparing surfaces for coating, grinding or machining; as well as deflashing, deburring, and shot peening.

Using a 15" bi-directional Wheelabrator wheel with patented curved blades, the machine boasts a 14 cubic foot work capacity and has a cast manganese wheel housing with three-piece Long-Lyfe(TM) liners. Integrated with (optional) automated load and unload features, the Super III Tumblast can operate as a continuous system.

Each Super III Tumblast machine is pre-wired to a machine mounted terminal box for easy connection to the separate control panel and operator's station. Field wiring time is reduced to a minimum. The machine's abrasive recycling system includes a lower screw conveyor, belt and bucket elevator, upper screw conveyor, shaft mounted gear motor drives and a compensating flow airwash separator that removes contaminants from the blast media while reclaiming and recycling the media to minimize abrasive cost.

Founded in 1907, Wheelabrator is one of the most recognized names in the blast cleaning and surface preparation industries. An ISO 9001 Certified manufacturer, Wheelabrator designs and builds a full line of blast cleaning equipment and systems suitable for a variety of finishing requirements at their LaGrange, Georgia facility. Additionally, the company operates a foundry in Walterboro, South Carolina, which produces abrasive resistant castings.

USF Surface Preparation Group, a division of USFilter, is the global leader in providing surface preparation equipment, supplies and services. Strategically located manufacturing and distribution facilities allow USF Surface Preparation Group to provide unparalleled customer service and support worldwide. For more information on USF Surface Preparation Group and Wheelabrator, visit the expanded web site at or send an e-mail to

USFilter, a Vivendi Environnement company, is North America's largest water company providing comprehensive water and wastewater systems and services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. Vivendi Environnement (NYSE:VE), comprised of Vivendi Water (worldwide water products and services), Onyx (solid waste and industrial services), Dalkia (energy management), and Connex (transportation and logistics), is the largest environmental services company in the world with more than 215,000 employees in 100 countries and annual revenues of nearly $25 billion. Visit the company's web sites at or

Important Disclaimer. This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: acquisition related risks, inability to further identify, develop and achieve success for new products, services and technologies; increased competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; inability to establish and maintain relationships with commerce, advertising, marketing, technology, and content providers. Investors and security holders are urged to read Vivendi's Registration Statement on Amendment No. 1 to Form 20-F, the Vivendi Universal joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed by Vivendi Universal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at the Commission's web site at These documents may also be obtained for free from Vivendi Universal.

Wheelabrator is a registered trademark of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. When referring to the 14 Cu. Ft. Super Tumblast, please use the Wheelabrator brand name. Tumblast is a trademark of United States Filter Corporation or its affiliates.

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