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Foreign InvestmentSiemens Water Technologies, Berlin, announced it has invested 25 million to expand its Singapore location to become the center for water and wastewater technologies in Asia. Including technology transfers, and research and development projects, the investment will expand the company’s Singapore location within the next five years into a competence center for water and wastewater technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. Roger Radke, Head of the Water Technologies Division in Siemens’ Industrial Solutions and Services Group, said to the press in Singapore, “The natural water resources in Asian countries are inadequate to ensure the further development of industry and communities. Water treatment and recycling technologies are essential prerequisites for continuing growth and prosperity in Asia.” The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, for collaboration in R&D projects in water and used water treatment. Visit www.usfilter.com/en
CongratulationsEnvironMax Inc., Salt Lake City, has been named as a Top Small Business for 2006 by DiversityBusiness.com. The award recognizes the company’s growth and success in 2006, and recognizes its CEO, Robert Craig, as one of the top minority entrepreneurs in the country. “We could not be more pleased and excited about receiving this honor from DiversityBusiness.com,” said Robert Craig, EnvironMax President and CEO. “Over the past 12 years, EnvironMax has worked diligently to produce the premier EMIS solution available, and this award serves as validation of our hard work and success.” Visit www.environmax.com.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Newington, N.H., announced that its new Kynar (PVDF) tank has won 2006 “Innovative State of the Art” and “Product of the Year” awards from the Association of Rotational Molders, a global trade organization. The process fluid reservoir tank is an integral part of the company’s NESLAB ThermoFlex recirculating chiller used to cool equipment in a variety of process industries. The tank was molded by Formed Plastics, who received the award. Visit www.thermo.com/thermoflex.
Mergers & AcquisitionsWastequip Inc., Cleveland, announced it has purchased specific assets and specific liabilities of McLeskey Enterprises Inc., DBA Cascade Container. Cascade, based in Ridgefield, Wash., manufactures roll-off, front load and rear load containers, and roll-off hoists for refuse and recycling providers in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia. Wastequip hopes the acquisition will strengthen the company’s presence in the West Coast market. Visit www.wastequip.com.
PerkinElmer Inc., Boston, announced the acquisition of a line of dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) products from U.K.-based Triton Technology Ltd. The DMA instrument is used by scientists in the polymers, pharmaceuticals and food industries for applications ranging from quality control to advanced research. The company also announced it signed an agreement with Euroscreen S.A., entitling it to acquire Euroscreen S.A.’s majority owned subsidiary, Euroscreen Products S.A., in a cash transaction. Based in Gosselies, Belgium, Euroscreen Products is a provider of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) membranes, cell lines, and the AequoScreen aequorin-based cellular assay platform used in pharmaceutical and biotech drug discovery laboratories. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2007. Visit www.perkinelmer.com/dma8000.
Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., Plano, Texas, has acquired Jacobus Environmental Services, bringing one of the major collectors of used oil, oil filters and antifreeze in the upper Midwest into North America’s largest existing network of industrial cleaner, used oil collection, and re-refining and environmental services providers. The acquisition involves seven oil collection facilities owned or leased by Jacobus in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, and a fleet of 27 oil collection trucks. Visit www.safety-kleen.com.
Moving NoticesMarathon Sensors, Cincinnati, announced its move to an upgraded, modern facility in West Chester, Ohio. The new building heralds the company’s re-entry into full service and turnkey systems for the heat treatment and process control industries. “Over the last year Marathon, with the help of TechSolve, [we have] transitioned to lean manufacturing methods that were hampered by our less modern, batch manufacturing facility.” said the company’s vice president Yvonne Boltz. The new building, located at 8904 Beckett Rd. in West Chester, Ohio (45069), has an open layout for lean manufacture of instrumentation, sensors, turnkey systems and ozone generation products. Visit www.marathonsensors.com.
SonTek/YSI, San Diego, met the new year in a newly constructed, 20,000 sq. foot building. On Jan. 3, the company’s R&D unit moved into the facility, located just a mile from its previous location. The company will use its new abode to continue to develop Doppler technology that can measure the speed of water in almost any environment. Visit www.sontek.com