Integrated Separation Solutions LLC (ISS) has purchased Environmental Dynamics Corp., of Sharon, Wis. ISS has a multi-faceted business approach to solving customers’ problems in the sweetener, pure water and wastewater areas, and provides integrated technologies and a one-stop shop. 💧
Demand for water treatment chemicals in the United States is projected to increase 4.5 percent per year to almost $4 billion in 2007. The trend is presented in “Water Treatment Chemicals,” a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm. 💧
Watts Water Technologies Inc., of North Andover, Mass., announced results for the quarter ended Sept. 30. For the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2003, sales were $175,509,000—an increase of $15,698,000 or 10 percent—from the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2002. 💧
Morton Grove, Ill.-based John Crane, a leading supplier of engineered sealing systems and associated products, received a top supplier performer award for 2002 from ITT/Goulds Pumps. John Crane is a supplier to Goulds Pumps, and it’s the first time it has received the award. 💧
Calgon Carbon Corp., of Pittsburgh, announced a cooperative agreement with Shell Global Solutions Inc., of Houston, that allows the former to develop a line of products for the remediation market using Shell’s microbes. 💧
Amtrol Inc., of West Warwick, R.I., has been certified for ISO 9001: 2000 for the design and manufacture of pressure vessels for flow control, storage and heating fluids in water systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning markets. 💧
With 234,000 net square feet of exhibit space, an increase of 22 percent over last year, the International Pool & Spa Expo reported record-breaking growth with 622 exhibiting companies and 2,340 booths in the sold-out exhibit hall. Total verified attendance was 13,156, marking a 17 percent increase over the 2002 show. 💧
PURE Bioscience, of San Diego, has agreed to sell its water treatment business to Data Recovery Continuum Inc., a Delaware corporation based in California, for $2.75 million in cash plus up to $1.25 million in deferred payments over the next year. 💧
Ketchum, Idaho-based Trinity Springs Ltd., a natural spring bottled water company, was named to Inc.’s 500 list of America’s fastest growing companies. Trinity was ranked No. 206 and had a five-year sales growth of 826 percent. 💧
As BBA Fiberweb shed its former name (BBA Materials Technology Group), the company’s filtration business will emerge as BBA Fiberweb Filtration as it consolidates from West Chester, Ohio, to a larger facility in Old Hickory, Tenn. 💧
BYOB Water Stores Inc., of Lewisville, Texas, received service mark #2,745,479, which strengthened its previous service mark. The new service mark not only registers the new service mark design, but places the use of “BYOB” on the principal register. 💧
Cranfield University researchers, the University of Alberta, and an international array of water companies from the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia are addressing how risk analysis can improve decision-making in the water sector under a $438,000 research grant awarded by AWWARF. 💧
Pittsburgh plays host to Fun Run; participants enjoy perfect weather
Once again, ResinTech, of West Berlin, N.J., sponsored the 17th Annual Fun Run held at the International Water Conference (see review this issue) on Oct. 21 in Pittsburgh. The race is one of the most anticipated events of the year as conference attendees come together for a leisurely three-mile run/walk. The course, which ran through downtown Pittsburgh and along the Allegheny River, was especially enjoyable this year as the morning temperatures hovered near the unseasonably 70-degree mark. “Each year, we are proud to bring the Fun Run to the Pittsburgh area. It is always an enjoyable event for customers, friends and our employees,” said Mike Gottlieb, president of ResinTech and founder of the event. All registered race participants received an event T-shirt and an invitation to race again next year. ResinTech is a provider of ion exchange resins, activated carbon, and selective media to the water and wastewater marketplace.
Watts purchases Flowmatic
North Andover, Mass.-based Watts Water Technologies Inc. acquired the assets of Flowmatic Inc., of Dunnellon, Fla., in late November. Flowmatic designs and distributes a complete line of high quality reverse osmosis (RO) components and filtration equipment. Its product line includes stainless steel and plastic housings, filter cartridges, storage tanks, control valves as well as complete RO systems for residential and commercial applications. Flowmatic’s annual revenue is approximately $12 million.
Ionics buys Ecolochem, announces better results
Ionics Inc., of Watertown, Mass., acquired Ecolochem Inc. and its affiliated companies for $200 million and approximately 4.91 million shares of Ionics common stock. Ecolochem, of Norfolk, Va., is a provider of emergency, short and long-term mobile water treatment services to the power, petrochemical and other industries. In related news, Ionics reported financial results for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30. For the quarter, revenues of $90.6 million were up from $83.5 million for the third quarter of 2002. Revenues for the first nine months of 2003 were $260.4 million vs. $235.9 million for the first nine months of 2002.
Company signs PGA golfer
The California-based San Manuel Bottled Water Group, an economic enterprise of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, announced an agreement on behalf of Big Bear Mountain Premium Spring Water with four-time Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour winner Notah Begay III. Begay, the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA tour, will receive financial support for his role as ambassador for the brand. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The two-year agreement allows Begay to act as a brand ambassador at all tournaments, appearances, press conferences and other related PGA and tribal events. In addition, Begay will carry a golf bag designed specifically to resemble the Big Bear Mountain Premium Spring Water products.
AWS picks up Fla. company
Las Vegas-based American Water Star Inc. (AWS) has purchased Sunset Bottling Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla. The Sunset facility is a 20,000-square-foot building situated on one acre of land with a total value of approximately $2 million. It currently manufactures bottled water for its own accounts as well as private labeling. Sunset has approximately 250 customers both within and outside Florida. The Sunset facility is ideally suited to serve American Water Star’s production and distribution requirements for the states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and the Caribbean Islands.
Vermont Pure buys 3 HODs
Vermont Pure Holdings Ltd., of Randolph, Vt., acquired the assets of three home and office distributors (HOD) through its Crystal Rock subsidiary. Effective Oct. 31, 2003, the company owns Thames Valley Water Bottling Company Inc. dba the Manitock Spring Water Co., of Waterford, Conn. The company also acquired the assets of Aqua Pura Spring Water Inc., of Westbury, N.Y., and certain assets of New York-based Garrison Natural Spring Water Inc. Vermont Pure used existing cash from operations to pay for more than half of the total purchase price and financed the balance from its acquisition line of credit. The combined operations have approximately $1.75 million in annual revenue and added 3,000 customers to the base business. Vermont Pure is a bottler and distributor of natural spring water under the Vermont Pure, Hidden Spring, and regional private label brands.
Firm gains testing rights
With the recent acquisition of Clean Water Testing LLC (CWT), Appleton, Wis.-based Water-Right Inc. has gained the ability to provide state-certified water testing services in addition to its water treatment systems sold and serviced nationwide. Though testing is done primarily for well drillers, pump installers and realtors, CWT also tests water for municipalities, schools, rural homeowners and rural businesses. Water-Right will now be able to test for coliform bacteria, nitrates, fluoride, arsenic and lead, which has manufactured water treatment systems for rural water since 1959.
Companies hire advisers
Tarpon Springs, Fla.-based Clean Water Technologies Inc. (CWTI), an incubator for environmentally friendly technologies, said it retained an outside advisory firm in November to help identify merger candidates. CWTI may be best known as the exclusive licensee for a patented technology that removes arsenic from drinking water, which was invented at the University of South Florida. Meanwhile, Glen Head, N.Y.-based WaterChef Inc. has retained The Gilman Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and advisory firm, to help identify and attract humanitarian funding sources for the deployment of the company’s PureSafe Water Station. The station is a self-contained, six-stage water purification system, which produces up to 15,000 gallons per day of water from any source. The product is trademarked in the United States as well as the European Union, China, Korea, Mexico and elsewhere. The company manufactures the water station under a contract manufacturing agreement with Bohemia, N.Y.-based Davis Water Systems.
Tyson uses Hydroflo system
HydroFlo Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., has provided and installed equipment for the treatment of wastewater at a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant. The equipment typically used for aeration of wastewater and odor control in force mains is being used by the Tyson facility for an entirely different application. The application is called dissolved air flotation. The company’s core business is providing aeration equipment used for the pre-treatment of wastewater. Using “upstream” or pre-treatment systems, customers begin the treatment process at their pumping stations prior to the wastewater reaching a treatment plant.
ITT purchases German-based WEDECO; looks to make inroads in UV, ozone markets
ITT Industries Inc., of White Plains, N.Y., has acquired WEDECO AG Water Technology, of Düsseldorf, Germany. WEDECO, a leading manufacturer of ozone oxidation and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection equipment, will become a part of the Sanitaire division of ITT’s Fluid Technology group. This new combination will provide ITT with a broad product range of water treatment technologies. ITT intends to offer to WEDECO’s shareholders $20.68 per WEDECO share in cash. Based on the fully diluted number of WEDECO shares, this offer would value WEDECO at $267.8 million including assumption of WEDE-CO’s debt of $39.4 million. ITT’s Fluid Technology group is a leading provider of fluid equipment, including pumps, and a market leader in water treatment systems with 11,000 employees and 32 production facilities around the world. Through its biological and filtration divisions, ITT provides complete systems for secondary wastewater treatment and membrane filtration for the municipal and industrial markets. WEDECO reported 2002 full-year revenues of $144 million. The offer was expected to be officially launched in mid-December. In related news, WEDECO generated revenues of $113.3 million in the first nine months of 2003. This represents a 4.8 percent over the same period last year. Meanwhile, WEDECO AVP Pty Ltd, WEDECO´s subsidiary in Australia, was awarded an ultraviolet project from United Utilities Australia Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading private sector water companies. The installation will be concluded next summer. The six plants are valued at $1.95 million.
ZENON files patent lawsuit
ZENON Environmental Inc., of Oakville, Ontario, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against USFilter Corp. ZENON is seeking damages and an injunction to stop the sale, manufacture and use of USFilter’s MemJet and CFM-S products that the company says infringe on its own patents issued in the United States. In other news, the city of Jackson, Miss., will be expanding the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant using ZENON’s membranes. The contract is valued at over $15 million and will be the first immersed membrane plant in the state treating surface water.
HydroFlo looks to Europe
HydroFlo Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., has executed a joint letter of intent with a new partner in northwestern Europe to begin the process of creating a subsidiary of the company. The letter serves as the groundwork to begin a joint venture subsidiary of HydroFlo for the purposes of sales, marketing, and installation of its aeration equipment in Europe. For the development of this company in Europe, the company will provide the technical knowledge and oversight, a licensing agreement, and the use of its patent rights and logo for sales and marketing to industry and municipal clients in Europe. The company is in the business of providing aeration equipment for pre-treatment of wastewater, and also provides a full range of related services to companies and municipalities to treat their wastewater at the treatment plant by the use of the energy efficient aeration systems in treatment lagoons.
Haestad gains Mexican hold
Haestad Methods, of Waterbury, Conn.—a water resources software company—expanded its local presence in Queretaro, Mexico, it was announced in early December. The formation of this latest international office follows the opening of similar operations by the company in Australia and China. Due to the approval of the Mexican Hydraulic National Program 2001-2006 issued by the National Commission of Water, Haestad says there’s urgency by the Mexican government to improve the country’s hydraulic infrastructure and productivity as well as efficiency of water systems. Haestad’s WaterCAD and SewerCAD—for water and sewer system design and analysis—will continue to be used by the local utilities to help meet these goals. Cesar Puga Garcia, of Haestad, leads the sales and marketing initiatives for Mexico from the Queretaro-based office. He brings to the company an established local knowledge of the water resources industry and a solid background for executing a comprehensive business strategy. Garcia received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mexico’s Technological Institute, and his master’s degree in hydraulics from the Autonomous University of Mexico.
Lead presence increases
A University of New South Wales study found that lead levels in residential homes in Sydney, Australia’s inner west were almost three times higher than the rest of the metropolitan area. In Australia, there are 3.5 million homes containing lead-based paint, most of them built before 1970. In the United States, there are 38 million homes with lead based paint, with 25 million of these posing a serious health hazard according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development standards. In addition, here is a comparison of lead in both countries:
- Australia is the world’s greatest exporter of lead.
- Australia took seven years longer than the United States to eliminate lead in petroleum.
- The amount of lead allowed in Australian paint is still higher than that allowed in the United States.
Since June 1995, the Lead Advisory Service Australia has handled more than 33,000 inquiries relating to lead poisoning prevention.
City fights against arsenic
Rainwater and filter systems have been identified as a temporary solution to the drinking water crisis in Matlab, Bangladesh. So far, 16 pond filter systems (PFS) and about 120 rainwater systems (RWS) have been installed in the city. Because of the arsenic-poisoned tube wells spread across the country, Bangladesh has reverted to using surface water, i.e., mainly ponds and rivers. To make this water safe, it must be boiled first. PFS is a cement unit that serves a whole community, and is composed of different chambers with filters. The filters are made out of sand and brick chips, which eat bacteria. Meanwhile, the household-based RWS uses collected rainwater that’s filtered and then collected in a 3,200-liter cement container. The volume of water will serve a family for about seven months if not wasted.