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McGinnis Named 2021 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer by the Groundwater Foundation National Ground Water Association

(WESTERVILLE, OH — June 29, 2020) Kevin McGinnis, president of Cotey Chemical Corp. in Lubbock Texas, has been selected as the 2021 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer by the Groundwater Foundation and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

The William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology was established in 2000 to foster professional excellence in water well technology. The lecture series honors William A. McEllhiney, the 1948 founding president of NGWA, and a groundwater contractor and civil engineer.

Each year, a panel of groundwater professionals invites an outstanding groundwater professional to share his or her insights and work experiences with the industry.

McGinnis’ 2021 McEllhiney Lecture, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Innovative Treatment Options for Established and Emerging Water Quality Challenges,” will address both new and established processes for drinking water treatment that will enable well drillers, hydrologists, and water system operators to work their way through the maze of water quality uncertainty.

McGinnis has presented workshops across the country for NGWA, the American Groundwater Trust, and state organizations.

“I am honored to be included in this group of distinguished lecturers,” said McGinnis. “The water well industry is a great group of people and I appreciate this opportunity to connect with my peers and hopefully make an impact.”

McGinnis graduated from Texas Tech University in 1984 with a degree in business administration and began his career in the groundwater industry when he started working at Cotey Chemical for his father-in-law Ken James in 1993, eventually purchasing the company in 1995. Cotey Chemical designs and manufactures products to rehabilitate and develop all types of water wells.

McGinnis has served on the board of the American Groundwater Trust for 10 years, serving as the chair for three years, and been a member of NGWA and the Texas Ground Water Association-High Plains chapter for 25 years.


The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. Our members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.

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